What is Botox®
In cosmetic applications, botulinum toxin is considered safe and effective for reduction of facial wrinkles, especially in the uppermost third of the face. Injection of botulinum toxin into the muscles under facial wrinkles causes relaxation of those muscles, resulting in the smoothing of the overlying skin. Smoothing of wrinkles is usually visible three days after treatment and is maximally visible two weeks following injection. The treated muscles gradually regain function, and generally return to their former appearance three to four months after treatment. Muscles can be treated repeatedly to maintain the smoothed appearance.
How does it work?
Small amounts are injected into the target areas. The injections are done with help of a very fine needle. Common areas to be treated are the forehead, frown lines between the eyebrows and crow's feet around the eyes.
How long does the treatment take?
The actual injections take only 15 to 20 minutes. However, every patient is consulted and counselled prior to the treatment and a before photo is taken. The entire process can take up to 60 minutes.
Is it painful?
Botox injections are generally well-tolerated and relatively painless. Some individuals may experience minor discomfort or a brief stinging sensation at the injection site.
What areas can be treated with Botox?
Common treatment areas include forehead lines, crow's feet, frown lines between the eyebrows
What am I going to look like after the procedure?
Slight swelling or raised skin at the site of injection will settle within 30-40 minutes.
No changes are expected immediately; the results of the treatment are gradual and can start to show 5-6 days after the injections.
Is there any downtime after the procedure?
There is minimal downtime associated with Botox injections. You can typically resume your daily activities immediately after the treatment. However, it's advisable to avoid intense exercise and lying down for a few hours after the procedure.