What is Botox?
Botox is a natural purified protein that relaxes muscles that form wrinkles, creating a younger appearance. The active ingredient is derived from bacteria in much the same way penicillin is derived from mould. It is manufactured in sterile conditions.
How does Botox treatment work?
When we make facial expressions like smile or frown, the movement of certain facial muscles result in the appearance of wrinkles. The wrinkles that form during facial expressions are called dynamic wrinkles. Botox can be used to relax specific facial muscles. Once these muscles are relaxed, these dynamic wrinkles do not form and new lines are also prevented from developing. Botox is very effective for: Frown lines and forehead wrinkles; crow’s feet (smile lines around the eyes); bunny lines(nasal scrunch), facial contouring(square jaw).
Will I still be able to make facial expression? Will my face look unnatural and paralyzed? You will still be able to make facial expression, and look natural. The only difference is that the lines are smoothened.
What does Botox treatment involve?
A small amount of Botox is administered into selected facial muscles by a trained doctor using a very fine needle. Generally, a treatment takes about 10-20 minutes. Discomfort is usually minimal and no prior anaesthesia is required. Within 3-7 days, you will notice a softening in the appearance of your frown lines.
What are the possible side effects?
The side effects from Botox are generally minor and temporary. It is common to have slight redness, swelling and bruising over the injection points. These effects will usually go away within 1-2 days.
How long does Botox last?
The effect from Botox usually lasts for about 4 months before the lines slowly begin to return.
Other uses for Botox
Botox can also be used to achieve a slimmer-looking, V-shaped facial contour, as well as treatment of sweaty palms and sweaty underarms.