Section : Botulinum Toxin and Hyaluronic Acid Injections, Chemical Peels Section : Beauty-enhancing (Aesthetic) Treatment

Treatment with Botulinum Toxin (Botox©)

What is Botulinum Toxin ? How does it treat wrinkles ?

  • It is a toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium Botulinium. When injected in big quantities, the toxin induces muscular paralysis. In smaller quantities in a targeted muscle, the paralysis remains localized. Therefore, if it is injected in the muscles which produce frowning wrinkles and expression wrinkles, they will disappear.
  • The injected toxin is purified.

What are the indications for botulinum toxin use ?

-frown wrinkles

-crow’s feet wrinkles

-wrinkles of the forehead

-wrinkles of the neck

How is the treatment done ?

  • It is done in a series of injections with a very fine needle in a group of muscles which produce the unwanted expression wrinkles.
  • For the wrinkles of the forehead, the injection of the toxin is done in a group of muscles located just over the eyebrows. The toxin is also injected over the muscle bridging the nose.
  • When treating crow’s feet, a series of injections of the toxin is done in certain parts of  the muscle located on the corner of the eye.

How long does the treatment last ? Is it painful ?

The treatment only lasts a few minutes and is relatively painless, each time limited to the injection itself.

What to do after the injection ?

  • Do not lie down for 3-4 hours after the treatment.
  • Try to move the injected muscles as much as possible to facilitate the diffusion of the toxin in the muscle.
  • Do not touch the injected area.

How long do the effects of the treatment last ?

  • The wrinkle-canceling effect takes place fully 3 to 4 days after the injection. After the second week, complete paralysis of the muscle is obtained.
  • The paralysis only lasts 3 to 4 months and this varies from one individual to another. The effects then fade and the treatment must be done again to maintain the effect.

Are there any side-effects ?

  • They are not frequent. No serious or permanent side-effect has been reported to this day.
  • They are usually limited to the injection itself:
  1. pain while injecting
  2. small chance of bruising
  3. lower eyebrows: infrequent and temporary
  4. headache

How to improve the appearance if the effects of botulinum toxin are not sufficient ?

Filler injections are available and it is recommended to use hyaluronic acid because of its effects that are reversible (5-6 months), also allergic reactions are rare. This treatment can be done two weeks following the injection of botulinum toxin after application or not of an anesthetic cream.

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