Over the course of years people have looked for alternative anti ageing procedures and techniques to achieve a more youthful appearance. Many people have heard of a marvelous antiaging drug called Botox, however some don’t completely understand it’s history or medical purpose.
Botox is a nerve toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. has been safely used since 1980 for medicinal purposes in healthcare. However, in 2002 Botulinum Toxin Type A was FDA approved for cosmetic purposes. Shortly after it’s approval in 2006, it was considered the most popular cosmetic procedure worldwide.
Botulinum Toxin works by blocking nerve signals to injected muscles, temporarily inactivating movement and preventing wrinkles from appearing and worsening. Common areas where anti wrinkle injections are used include frown lines, around eye lines (crows feet), laugh lines, nose lines, forehead lines and other wrinkles called dynamic lines. Botulinum Toxin has also shown to be effective when treating underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis) and reducing migraine headaches.
Results from anti-wrinkle injections generally last up to three to four months in initial stages of treatment. However, over time you should need less treatments to maintain results. There is no downtime following the procedure and majority of patients can resume their normal activities immediately. At SarahLouise Aesthetics we have a strong ethos for not changing someone’s look, but using anti wrinkle injections to provide a more refreshed and youthful appearance. Every individuals’ treatment will differ according to their suitability and amount of Botulinum Toxin used. A full no obligation consultation is performed to thoroughly address these requirements.
Common Areas of Treatment
Injection of Botulinum Toxin into the procerus and corregatur muscles, relaxes the frown movement that cause the typical “ 11” lines in between the eyebrows.
Injection of Botulinum Toxin into the frontalis muscle, relaxes the upward movement causing horizontal lines and wrinkles across the forehead.
Injection of Botulinum Toxin into the orbicularis oculi muscles, relaxes the sphincter muscles that cause lines around and under the eyes; commonly known as “crows feet”.
Injection of Botulinum Toxin into the nasalis muscle, relaxes movement when the nose is scrunched, causing bunching of the skin across the bridge of the nose.
Injection of Botulinum Toxin into the depressor anguli oris (DAO) muscles relaxes movement in the lower face that cause a “sad smile” look or marionette lines.
Injection of Botulinum Toxin into the levator labii superioris muscle minimises the amount of gum showing when using the smile expression. It is also ued to lengthen the gap between the nose and upper lip.
Injection of Botulinum Toxin into the mentalis muscle is designed to improve the “cellulite” or “pebbled” appearance in the chin on certain facial expressions.
Injection of Botulinum Toxin into the obiculairis oris muscle is designed to improve vertical lines around the mouth, commonly caused from smoking (smokers lines).
Injection of Botulinum Toxin into the masseter muscles are used to treat teeth grinding and shape the lower face, providing a more defined jawline.
Injection of Botulinum Toxin is also used to treat severe sweating (hyperhidrosis) generally in the underarms, palms and feet. It dramatically reduces the activity of sweat glands; resulting in less perspiration where injected. This is a popular treatment for both men and women.
How does Botox work?
Botox works by reducing/inhibiting muscle contraction, resulting in a smoother and more youthful appearance. Botox is injected into muscles, where it blocks nerve impulses to those tissues; therefore without a contracting muscle beneath the skin, wrinkles and lines cannot be formed.
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What is the downtime, side effects and risks?
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Side effects & Risks
All cosmetic procedures carry risks and side effects. Common temporary side effects usually lasting up to 3 days maximum, following your treatment with Botulinum Toxin are:
- Tenderness at the injection site
- Minor swelling at the injection site
Less frequent side effects are:
- Flu like symptoms
- Temporary eye lid ptosis
TGA recommended dosages of Botulinum Toxin A for cosmetic procedures are deemed safe for administration and could not lead to poisoning.