Botox® Wrinkle Relaxing Injections
Botulinum toxin is a chemical produced by bacterium clostridium botulinum. Botox is a protein derivative of the toxin, which, when injected into the muscle, causes it to become weakened or inactivated. It stops the muscle from functioning by stopping the chemical messages from the nerve to the muscle.
By using facial muscles repeatedly throughout a lifetime, the skin is creased in areas of greatest use. The ageing process causes the slow down of collagen and elastin production in the skin so that as we get older, these areas of over-use become damaged and the lines become permanent. By reducing the movement of muscles in these areas, the skin stops being creased and is allowed to recover, causing the lines to soften or even fade away. In the areas treated, the muscles are temporarily inactivated (always reversible), during which time the client can break the unconscious habit of overusing these muscles. Depending on each individual and the dose used, the response to treatment can vary from a relaxation of the muscles to an inability to move the muscles. For the first couple of years, frequent treatments are required to 're-educate' the facial muscles.
Botox injections are mostly used to treat the top of the face where wrinkles are deepened by smiling and frowning. Botox also corrects crow’s feet around the eyes, forehead lines and 'bunny lines' around the nose.
The Botox is injected into the appropriate area using an extremely fine, short needle. The procedure is quick and simple and takes around 15 minutes.
The effects of Botox have a gradual effect, starting to appear within a few days and reaching optimal appearance at around two weeks.
Each individual is different but on average the effects will last between 3-4 months.