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Purpose: To reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead, between the brows and around the eyes. It can be used on wrinkles on the lower part of the face and neck, often in combination with dermal fillers.


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Procedure: The commercial name of a botulinum toxin is Botox®. When you smile or frown, this is a result of a nerve signal from your brain to your muscles causing them to move. Botulinum toxin is a purified protein that blocks this signal from brain to the nerve endings. This means that when you laugh or frown, the overlying skin becomes smoother and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles work normally, and facial expressions are not affected. Your skin will be cleaned and then small amounts of botulinum toxin will be injected into the area to be treated.

The injection itself takes a few minutes. In most cases treatment takes between 10 and 20 minutes. The surgeon uses a special syringe and injects a small amount of Botox® to the muscles involved. Men usually require larger amounts, due to larger muscles. The pain involving the injection is usually well tolerated by most of the patients, so there is no need for local anaesthetics. In selected cases a sedative drug or local anaesthetics may be used. You will be advised not to massage or rub the treated area and to treat it gently for 24 hours following treatment.


Results: The area treated should appear smoother and with less wrinkles. Results are often visible by around 8 days, although it may take between 2- 3 weeks after the treatment for the full effects to be seen. The effects of botulinum toxin injections generally last for about three to four months, although the results can last longer with repeated treatments. Botulinum toxin may be less effective for people aged 60 and over because the muscles underlying the skin are not as firm.

The Risks of Botox® Treatment: Every procedure has its risks .It is very hard to predict exactly how botulinum toxin injections will affect your muscles. You may therefore find that the results are not what you intended. Occasionally patients who receive botulinum toxin injections in the forehead experience a drooping of the eyelids or eyebrows, although this is temporary and will resolve itself when the effects of botulinum toxin wear off.

Rarely double vision or blurred vision can occur and you should seek medical attention if this happens to you. Common side effects include: bleeding around the injection sites, headache, flu-like symptoms and local pain. You should not have treatment with botulinum if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, have a neurological disease or a known hypersensitivity to it. Botulinum has been used in thousands of patients over the last fifteen years. It is made in a controlled laboratory environment, highly purified, and administered in tiny quantities. It has an excellent safety profile. As soon as your treatment is over you can resume normal daily activities.


Before You Start: The effects of botulinum toxin injections are temporary. If you are looking for longer lasting solution, you may want to talk to your surgeon about alternative techniques.


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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 August 2009 )