forehead lines, wrinkles
Botox for frown lines is an effective way to reduce the angry or stressed look. We reduce the frown line between the eyebrows and this will give you a more refreshed and approachable look.
Effective on dynamic wrinkles, resting frown lines might need a different solution.
Lines around eyes
Crow’s-feet, also known as ‘laugh lines’ are tiny wrinkles & fine lines that form around the outer corners of the eyes. Crow’s-feet develop with age, usually starting in the mid- to late-30s.
Forehead lines reduction can change the way you feel about yourself. Dynamic frown lines can be reduced by relaxing the muscles that create these lines.
What is it?
Botox is short for a toxin called Botulinum toxin A, protein complex that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
It is manufactured under very strict laboratory conditions, free from contaminants. It reduces abnormal muscle movements and relaxes muscles in spasm or that are hyperfunctioning.
There are many brands of Botox but we use the one that is marketed world wide under the name Botox from Allergan Inc. Regarded as the Botox that has been well tested and proven to be safe and effective in the hands of a qualified doctor.
All of our doctors have undergone training by Allergan.
What does it do?
The Botox acts on the nerve / muscle junction by preventing the release of a chemical that is responsible for muscle contraction.
When we inject the Botox, it will result in weakness in the injected area. So if we selectively inject into small groups of muscles that cause like frowning and wrinkling, the frown and wrinkles will be reduced and smoothed out
What does it treat?
The temporary muscle relaxation is used to effectively smoothen wrinkles. It is useless for treating resting wrinkles that are caused by sunexposure or genetic aging, as these wrinkles result from a destruction of a deeper layer of the skin.
Areas of wrinkles that Botox can treat:
Botox can also be used for:
How is the procedure done?
The procedure is performed by our trained doctor and takes about 10-15 minutes. We will identify the group of muscles responsible for the wrinkles that you want reduced, as we will later inject the botulinum toxin A into these muscles to paralyze them.
After the skin is cleansed the toxin is injected with a very fine sterile needle into the group of muscles that cause the wrinkles.
After the injections our doctor may apply mild pressure on the injected sites for a while to stop any bleeding.
What does the procedure feel like?
Most clients do not need any topical anesthesia prior to the injections. It is a minimally painful procedure, as the needle used or the injections is extremely fine. Cold packs can reduce the pain. Patients can return to work immediately after the procedure.
What happens after the procedure?
After the injection you should remain upright for 1-2 hours.
During this period you must try to move the injected muscles about every 15 minutes if possible. This will help the paralyzing action of the Botox. Do not rub the skin or muscles on or around the injected sites, as this may cause the Botox to spread to muscles that should not be paralyzed.
Avoid saunas, facial massages, or any light or laser treatment for at least one week after injections.
When will I see results?
The effects of the Botox will set in within 3-4 days after the injection. By the second week week you will experience maximum relaxation of the muscles.
Optimal effects after two weeks.
How long will the effects last?
Unfortunately the effects will only last 3-6 months. The paralyzed wrinkling muscles slowly become active again, and the wrinkles will reappear. Repeat the injections to maintain the anti-wrinkling effects
How safe is it?
Botox injection is a relative safe procedure. Side effects from the injections are uncommon. There may be slight discomfort from the needle prick, and a small risk of skin bruise around injection site. The bruising usually clears after 1-2 weeks.
Occasionally, there may be slight drooping of the eyelids (lid ptosis) shortly after the injections. This side effect is transient.
Another uncommon side effect is headaches of varying severity. It may occur shortly following the Botox injection, or 2 weeks later. Rarely flu-like syndrome occurs after the injection. This will go.
The lethal dose of Botox in humans is estimated to be about 3000 units. The usual dose is about 30-60 units. Therefore there is no risk for toxic overdosage.