Botox injection is used against dynamic mimical wrinkles (laugh lines) as it works by blocking signals to the muscles, stopping them contracting. Not only does it smooth existing lines but, over time, it appears to prevent new ones appearing. Frown lines and crow's feet cannot be treated by using implants, peeling or laser treatments.
The Botox substance in a very low concentration is injected into the relevant muscles with very fine needles. The result of the treatment is not visible immediately and it may take a few days for the treated muscles to loose their movement ability. Wrinkles and lines disappear generally after 2 weeks, the changes can be quite dramatic. There is no recovery phase, swelling and redness is rare.
The effect lasts between four and six months for most patients. Further injections are recommended every three to four months to keep the muscles inactive and allow the lines to remain smooth. With increasing number of treatments the results may be visible longer, sometimes up to a year.
Anaesthetic: none Duration of treatment: 5-10 minutes
No need for hospital stay: outpatient
|Safety and Side Effects Botox is proven to be safe and effective. Over the past 20 years, Botulinum Toxin Type A has been evaluated in more than 200 studies. There are no documented systemic complications associated with Botox injections. Botox has been widely used for more than 15 years with over 1 million people