Botulinum toxin, referred to as Botox® in the aesthetic industry, is a purified injectable substance derived from bacteria. It temporarily smoothes out facial wrinkles and fine lines through its nerve-blocking property. Since muscle contraction cannot occur without nerve signals, botulinum toxin temporarily prevents the muscles from moving and helps correct the signs of ageing.
Besides its cosmetic uses, Botox® has been used medically for decades for the treatment of lazy eye (amblyopia), neck spasms (cervical dystonia), OAB (overactive bladder), eye twitching (blepharospasm), and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
Botulinum toxin is a simple procedure to many, but actually, it's both an art and a science. If done by a professional and experienced healthcare provider, it offers extraordinary results. An experienced and board-certified aesthetician knows exactly where to inject the chemical out of 43 facial muscles, assuring optimum and natural-looking results.
The procedure uses a very thin needle to inject the botulinum toxin. Your aesthetician carefully pinpoints only the wrinkle-producing muscles. It helps achieve optimized results and preserve natural expressions.
Botox® was the first brand to administer botulinum toxin injections for its cosmetic use. Later, many brand names emerged with slightly different dosage units, giving the same end results — the improved appearance of skin and diminished fine lines. Other brand names for botulinum toxin injections are Dysport®, Xeomin®, Myobloc®, and Jeuveau®.
What to expect
Before the procedure
Topical numbing cream, ice or vibration anaesthesia is given before the procedure to numb the muscles being treated. Any of these methods are used to reduce discomfort during the treatment.
During the procedure
Very often, the Botox injection is administered in a doctor's office. The procedure doesn't require general anaesthesia. The doctor administers small amounts of botulinum toxin through an injection into the treatment area. The quantity of botulinum toxin injected depends on certain factors, including the problem's severity and the treatment area's size.
After the procedure
There is no downtime for botulinum toxin injections. You can restart your routine activities immediately after the treatment. However, it would be best if you did not rub the treated area after the procedure because it causes the toxin to spread inside the muscles and leads to unwanted results. The results appear one to three days after the treatment and last for about three or more months. To maintain long-lasting results, you should consult your doctor for follow-ups.