What is Botox®
Botulinum Toxin, or Botox® is generally used to treat wrinkles on the face and for face contouring.
Botox® injections can help achieve a slimmer, V-shaped or oval-shaped face, by reducing the appearance of a square jaw. The injections work by relaxing the jaw muscles on either side of the face, causing them to shrink over time.
Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® are 3 neuromodulator products that are approved by the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and Singapore HSA (Health Sciences Authority). Each brand has a slightly different formula, but they all work in the same way to paralyze muscle movements and reduce wrinkles, as well as to contour the face.
When performed by a skilled doctor, Botox® injections can effectively and safely make you appear younger.
Botox® can also be used to treat medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and teeth grinding (bruxism).
How Does Botox® work?
Botox® contains botulinum toxin type A (the active ingredient), human albumin (a protein found in human blood plasma) and sodium chloride.
Although botulinum toxin can be harmful to the human body, very small doses are used in the application of Botox® Cosmetic. Hence Botox® is considered safe as they can’t get beyond the muscle tissue.
By blocking signals between nerves and muscles, Botox® induces a controlled weakening of specific muscles. As the injected muscle no longer contracts, the surrounding skin relaxes and softens.
New lines are also prevented from forming.
Botox® has also been used lately to stimulate collagen growth through injection into the skin rather than the muscles.
Botox® is an effective treatment for relaxing and smoothing dynamic wrinkles that form when we express our emotions. What are Dynamic Wrinkles? They are lines that appear around the eyes, on the forehead, between the brows, from the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds), and around the lips. By reducing the appearance of a square jaw, Botox® injections can also help achieve a slimmer, V-shaped or oval-shaped face.
Each Botox® treatment session typically take around 20 -60 mins, depending on treatment area.
The average time to see results for the 3 brands (Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®) is 3-7 days. Some people would notice an improvement in as little as 24 hours.
A considerable reduction in sweating is noted within 2 weeks of treatment for axillary hyperhydrosis, and the effects last 6-7 months.
Botox® can last from 3 to 6 months, depending on the injection site, dosage, current face muscle activity, and skin health. It’s critical to return for treatment on a frequent basis if you want to stay young and wrinkle-free. Regular treatment can help to slow the progression of wrinkles and prevent the formation of static or permanent wrinkles.
Botox® is a tiny injection and most people barely feel any pain. Numbing cream or cold pack can be placed on the injection site to minimise discomfort.
Downtime for Botox® is very minimal. You can resume your daily activities immediately after the procedure.
Immediately after the procedure, there might be some slight bruising, pain and swelling around the treated areas, but these are merely temporary and will heal quickly.
Botox® was approved by US FDA in 2002. It has been widely tested and used safely for decades around the world. Side effects are rare, but some people may experience temporary headaches, bruising or redness at injection site.