Botulinum Toxin (Botox)
A popular non-surgical procedure, Botulinum toxin or botox is a temporary muscle relaxant that is injected into the muscle beneath a wrinkle that is causing the lines (whether it’s to frown, smile, etc) giving you a more youthful appearance. It is a natural, purified protein that is also used to treat medical conditions, from migraines to excessive sweating. It has been around for decades and is the most tested product on the market, certified in the medical and cosmetic field.
How it works
It works by partially blocking the nerve impulse to the muscle with the effect of decreasing the contraction of the muscles. Less muscle contraction results in less wrinkling of the skin. The great thing about Botox is that it takes only a few minutes to do and there is no real downtime. Some people may experience slight bruising and swelling afterwards but this can be masked by make-up.
The effects of Botox® last for an average of 3-4 months but will vary depending on the condition of the skin, area treated and lifestyle factors.
What does the treatment involve?
While there is no real downtime associated with this treatment, it is important to note that you may encounter some slight bruising and swelling directly after treatment, due to the needle. This can easily be masked by makeup. There are no long-term side effects of having wrinkle injections, meaning patients can resume their usual activities straight away, and can also fly post-treatment.
Who would this treatment suit?
This treatment can be used on a wide range of patients, and is primarily used for skin rejuvenation and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox does not replace surgery or skin resurfacing – Dr Winkler would be able to advise you on a range of treatments to give you the desired result you are after, depending on your age and the condition of your skin. Read more here on the differences between botox and fillers.
Are there any risks involved?
Botox is very safe and effective and usually complications only arise because of the technique of it is administered. Some people may experience mild bruising and very occasionally, local diffusion (spreading) of the product may lead to ptosis (hanging of the eyelid). With special eye drops, this will be reversed in about three weeks.
We usually advise patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding to hold off on treatment until they are finished nursing.