Wrinkle reduction injections using Botulinum are the most commonly performed aesthetic procedure worldwide for both men and women with over six million Botox® treatments administered every year.
It is fast, safe and effective with no downtime and minimal discomfort. It has been used in medicine since the 1970s for its ability to treat excessive sweating, migraines and muscular disorders.
Botox® is one brand, others are also used and are the same protein and work in the same way. They all work by blocking a neurotransmitter called Acetylcholine, which relaxes the muscle, however it will not affect the nerves that cause sensation or make you feel numb.
As repetitive facial expressions move the muscles, this leads to wrinkles and lines - like repeated folding of a piece of paper. Botox® works to relax the muscle so smoothing the lines.
Who might benefit from wrinkle-reducing injections?
This treatment can be used on a wide range of patients, and is primarily used for skin rejuvenation and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
It can improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines). It can also be injected into the area around the side of the eyes to improve the look of moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and lines on the forehead.
We can also treat patients with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) with Botox injections.
How is the procedure done?
The procedure is a relatively simple that uses a fine needle to inject small amounts of the solution into specific muscles of the face, most often forehead wrinkles and nasolabial folds, the lines that run from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth.
We will evaluate your facial appearance and skin tone before performing any injections.
Prior to your treatment the area/areas to be injected will be thoroughly cleaned, and Dr Tara Kidd will determine the placement of each injection, based on the size and depth of the facial crease or fold being treated. To effectively treat the entire muscle, several injections along the facial line are usually required.
The entire procedure takes only a few minutes and discomfort is minimal, requiring no anesthesia or sedation.
The effect lasts for 4-6 months – this means you will need top-ups a few times a year if you wish to maintain your line-free look.
The effects on the muscles may become apparent within a few hours after the treatment, with the full effect appearing after about 1-2 weeks.