Botulinum Toxin, or commonly known as Botox, has become a household name over the last few years. It is primarily used as a treatment for facial wrinkles. Jaw slimming with botulinum toxin is a very popular treatment especially among young people. Botulinum toxin can also be used to improve medical conditions such as excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) and teeth grinding (bruxism).
Botox injection, if given correctly by professionally trained doctors, can effectively and safely make you look younger without looking unnatural.
How does botox work?
As we age, our skin collagen and underlying soft tissue diminish with time. This results in more wrinkles on our face. Like a piece of paper that is repeatedly folded, the lines will get deeper and more prominent. Eventually, the wrinkles that initially only appear when you smile or raise your eye brow, become permanent even when we are not trying to express ourselves.
Botox is the solution to this. Botulinum toxin reduces muscle activities by blocking muscle nerve signals. When injected into the skin and specific facial muscles, it can block muscle nerve signals, which then weakens the muscle so it cannot contract as much as before. It can help tighten the skin around the injection area as well. The end result is reduction in unwanted facial wrinkles.
Where are the suitable treatment areas?
Forehead lines – Lines that appear on your forehead when you raise your eye brows
Frown lines – Wrinkles between your eye brows that make you look fierce
Crow’s feet – Wrinkles at the corner of the eyes when you smile
Bunny lines – Fine wrinkles that appear when you scrunch up your nose
Marionette lines – Wrinkles around the mouth that make you look sad
Wrinkles around the lips
Gummy smile – smile that shows an excessive amount of gum under the upper lip
Squared/Broad jaw – jaw that appears squarish or broad due to large masseter muscles
Is it painful?
Pain is minimal. It is a tiny injection, and most people can barely feel it. Numbing cream or cold pack can be placed on the injection site to minimise discomfort.
Is it safe?
Botox treatment is very safe if done by a trained professional. Horror stories about botox that you read on the news and internet are rare and are usually due to excessive botox treatment or incorrect treatment technique.
With trained skills and experience, botulinum toxin injection is safe with very minimal complications.
There is minimal downtime. You can go back to work immediately after treatment and no one would even notice you have had a treatment done.
How long does it last?
Botox result typically lasts for about 3-6 months depending on the area of injection, dosage, your existing facial muscle activity and skin condition. It is important to return for regular treatment to stay young and wrinkle free. Regular treatment can delay worsening of wrinkles and prevent permanent wrinkles from forming.
What to expect on your first visit
We will assess your face and discuss with you regarding your concerns and what you would like to achieve. We can then recommend the best treatment for you. Not everything can be treated with botulinum toxin. A combination of botox with other treatment such as fillers and laser is often required to help you achieve your desired look.
With correct skills and techniques of botulinum toxin injection, your wrinkles can be safely reduced to give you a younger appearance. If you wish to find out more, visit us at S Aesthetics Clinic.