FACIAL WRINKLES BRIEFLY
Botulinum toxin A (Botox®, Dysport®) causes a transient reduction in mobility of the muscles by blocking the transmission of the nerve impulses. Botox was used initially for the treatment of neurological and ophthalmic disorders but during the last decade it has become very popular in treating facial wrinkles. By injecting only a small amount of Botox we can achieve a more relaxed and youthful appearance.
Botox is mainly used to treat wrinkles in the forehead, the area between the eyebrows (glabella) and along the side of the eyes. Deep wrinkles can be treated in combination with hyaluronic acid providing an even more pleasant aesthetic result.
Is Botox safe?
The amount of Botulinum toxin used for treating facial wrinkles is very small and thus there can be no serious side effects. Blepharoptosis (the individual is not able to raise the upper eyelid) is a very rare complication and is always transient.
Is treatment with Botox painful? How long does the result last?
Botox treatment is virtually painfree and it is usually described by patients as a “small mosquito bite”. The results of the treatment become obvious within 2-3 days and last approximately 4 to 6 months.
Do wrinkles get worse if the treatment is not repeated?
Botox should be repeated every about 5-6 months. If a person does not wish to continue, the wrinkles will come back but they will not get worse than they were before the initial treatment.