Botulinum Toxin (Botox TM) injections have been safely and effectively used for over 15 years Botulinum toxin is the material used for anti-wrinkle injections, minimising the appearance of worry lines, crow's feet, laughter lines and other so-called dynamic wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles occur when we smile, laugh or frown and the delicate muscles underlying ageing skin contract. Botulinum toxin is injected into these muscles and works by weakening these very small facial muscles precisely. Following treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while untreated muscles contract normally, allowing normal facial expression to remain unaffected.
The administration of Botulinum Toxin injections is a simple, safe and effective procedure. A very small amount of Botulinum Toxin is injected with a very fine needle into several locations in the face. Because the needle is so fine and only a tiny amount of liquid is used, there is minimal pain associated with the injections.
No sedation or local anaesthetic is required, and you can drive and engage in all of your normal daily activities immediately after your injections. You may have slight temporary bruising of the skin at your injection sites, but otherwise, there will be no visible signs that you have had treatment. The Botulinum Toxin effect will be apparent 9 days after the injection and will last up to 3-6 months. It can be repeated should one wish to. Everything will return to normal within 3-6 months.
Treatment with Botulinum Toxin injections will help in maintaining a more youthful appearance. However, this procedure will not improve the more common static wrinkles that are unrelated to facial contraction. If you have a combination of the two, your improvement may, therefore be limited. The use of facial fillers may be beneficial in such circumstances, depending on the site/position of the wrinkles.