Botulinum Toxin is FDA-approved since 2002 for the cosmetic treatment of wrinkles or expression lines.
It eliminates or reduce wrinkles found around the eyes, between the brows and on the forehead. It can also be used for facial contouring by reducing the size of the jaw muscles and even create a Botulinum Toxin lift (Dermalift) for the face and eyelids.
Results can last from 3 to 6 months. Beyond cosmetic uses, Botulinum Toxin is also used for medical treatment of migraine, neck spasm and excess armpit sweating.
Botulinum Toxin is a natural purified protein. The active ingredient is derived from bacteria in much the same way penicillin is derived from mold. Botulinum Toxin has a 40-year safety profile in clinical practice.
What the treatment involves:
Botulinum Toxin is injected via a fine insulin syringe into the muscles that cause wrinkles or into muscles that are prominent which result in a square jaw line. Topical anesthesia (numbing cream) will be applied prior to treatment to minimise discomfort. Generally, Botulinum Toxin treatments takes 10 to 15 minutes.
After the treatment:
Patients are advised to remain upright for the next 4 hours. A cold compress may be applied to the injection sites to reduce any swelling, bruising or pain. Patient may occasionally experience slight bruising or pain at the injection sites. The injected areas may feel fatigued or weak for the next 1 week.
The full effects of the treatment may only be seen from the 7th to 10th day.
For contouring procedures, the full results may only be seen from the 3rd to 4th week.
Patients may opt for top-up of Botulinum Toxin 2 months after first treatment if they wish for more prominent results.
Lifestyle changes are advised. Patients are advised to refrain from frequent chewing of hard foods to prevent jaw muscles from getting prominent. Patients are also advised to frown less to prevent the reforming of glabellar (area between the eyebrows) wrinkles.
* Individual results may vary
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Botulinum Toxin price starts from $150 per area
*Price quoted include GST and is subjected to change without prior notice