As you age the dynamic wrinkle lines become deeper and more noticeable and make you look tired, angry, sad, or upset when you are not. One of the quickest and safest procedures to remove these lines is the injection of highly purified botulinum toxin protein type A.
Commonly known types of botulinum toxin type A injections include Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. Botulinum toxin (hereafter referred to as Botox) blocks the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. It relaxes the targeted facial muscles and temporarily smooths the expression lines. Botox is also used to balance facial asymmetry and smooth out tight neck bands that can be corrected by relaxing a muscle.
Here at Grand Genesis, we also offer ThermiRase ®, as an alternative treatment to botulinum toxin type A injection. ThermiRase ® is a toxin-free, long-lasting approach to reducing unwanted facial and necklines.
Medical applications of Botox
Before being used as a cosmetic remedy, Botulinum toxin was first licensed to be used by ophthalmologists to treat such conditions as exaggerated blinking (benign essential blepharospasm) and some eye disorders such as crossed eyes (strabismus). Soon after more research and trials proved botulinum toxin effective in alleviating facial spasms, and muscle contractions affecting partly paralyzed patients muscle stiffness/spasms or movement disorders (such as cervical dystonia, torticollis), and overactive bladder.
More recently, Botulinum toxin has been used to reduce the number of migraine attacks and tension headaches in patients. It has also been used to treat severe underarm sweating. In this application, Botulinum toxin works by blocking the chemicals that turn on the sweat glands.
Botulinum toxin is administered by injection. The injection must always be done by an experienced health care professional. The injection site depends on the condition that needs the treatment. It is injected into the affected muscles (intramuscularly) when treating eye disorders, muscle stiffness/spasm. When used to prevent migraines, it is injected into the muscles of the head and neck. It is injected into the skin (intradermal) for the treatment of excessive sweating. When treating overactive bladder, it is injected into the bladder.
Who is a good candidate?
You are a good candidate for Botox treatment if:
- You are developing expression lines and wrinkles on your face and/or thick lines on your neck
- You are not pregnant or breastfeeding
- You do not have a history of neuromuscular diseases (such as multiple sclerosis or myasthenia gravis)
- You don’t have weak muscles or skin disorders on or around the target area
- You have a positive outlook, with a clear and realistic vision of what you want the procedure do for you
- You are in general good health and do not have a serious illness or infection
- You are not allergic to any ingredient in Botox or another botulinum toxin product
- You are at least 18 years old
Botox treatment can smooth out expression lines. It is not effective on fine lines or deep lines caused by skin’s loss of elasticity. Fine lines are best treated by Fillers or non-invasive Thermi Smooth procedure.
Botox treatment is fast and straight forward. After the initial consultation, your surgeon will determine the injection sites, mark them and use very short and thin needles to administer the medication. The number of injections depends on your facial features and the extent of your wrinkles. An experienced surgeon can carefully choose the exact muscles that cause the wrinkles, avoid over injection and therefore preserve more of your natural facial expression.
Anesthesia is not required for this procedure. Nevertheless, you may ask your surgeon for topical anesthetic medication. You will probably experience minimal pain caused by injection that subsides shortly after. The procedure normally leaves temporary swelling, and cause minimal bleeding. Your surgeon will apply cold compress on the injection site to calm the skin. The entire procedure may take 15 to 20 minutes.