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Botox / Botulinum Toxin

As we grow older, the ageing process, exposure to the sun and the movements we make with our facial muscles, takes its toll and shows on our face. What shows are facial lines and wrinkles (rhytides) which mar our face and make look us much older than we really are.

 

Besides, many of us also have glabellar lines (scowl lines) which add years to our actual age. These lines are caused by the corrugator and procerus muscles contracting when concentrating, squinting, or frowning.

 

However, there is no need to despair. Facial lines wrinkles and scowl lines can be removed by cosmetic procedures which are both safe and effective. One procedure is through the use of botulinum toxin, also commonly referred to as Botox.

 

Botox has been present for quite some time, and it continues to be a very effective treatment considered to be the “miracle drug”. A study conducted in Singapore involves 27 patients with essential blepharospasm. It was found that 25 of the participants reported an improvement within 48 hours after botulinum toxin.

How Botox Works

Botox is produced by the fermentation of a type of bacteria called clostridium botulinum. Botox is a brand name of this toxin, but there are other brands like Dysport, Myobloc, and Xeomin. Concerning this, each product differs particularly in terms of dosage units, so each one is not interchangeable with the other two. Botox is more popular and commonly heard brand since it was the first injectable botulinum toxin. 

 

This treatment is often used on forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet. Moreover, Botox is not popularly used with wrinkles caused by sun damage or gravity.

 

The procedure involves injecting botulinum toxin to stop nerves from activating the muscles responsible for the wrinkling of the skin. By blocking particular chemical signals from nerves that causes the muscles to contract, the facial muscles that cause wrinkles around the forehead and the eyes to temporarily relax, soften, and have a reduced appearance.

 

The procedure to treat frown lines involves injecting very small amounts of botox into the part of the face where frown lines occur. There is no evident pain during the procedure. The botox weakens the treated muscles. About a week later the patient finds that he does not frown anymore, as he is unable to contract the frown muscles.

 

Botox combined with collagen or hyaluronic acid implants can also be used to reduce crow’s feet, sub-orbital lines, marionette lines and smoker’s lines and improve one’s appearance considerably.

 

Re-treatment is usually not needed for a period of three to six months. In some cases after a couple of treatments for scowl lines there may be no need for treatment for a considerable period of time as the person involved would have broken the habit of frowning or squinting.

Botox Injection Usage

Apart from reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles, botox injections are also administered to treat conditions, such as:

  1. Lazy Eye – This condition is commonly a result of an imbalance in the muscles responsible for eye positioning.
  2. Muscle Contractures – Neurological conditions like cerebral palsy can cause limbs to pull in toward the centre. Botox injections help to relax the contracted muscles.
  3. Eye Twitching – Botox injections also aid in relieving muscle twitching and contractures around the eye.
  4. Chronic Migraine – In cases where migraines last for more than 15 days each month, Botox injections can help reduce the frequency of headache.
  5. Cervical Dystonia – When neck muscles involuntarily contract, it can be painful and may cause your head to twist or turn uncomfortably. 
  6. Bladder dysfunction – Botox injections are also helpful in lessening the lack of voluntary urination caused by an overactive bladder.
  7. Hyperhidrosis – This condition involves excessive sweating even when in cool temperatures and when not performing some exercises.

To get the best some of the best Botox treatment, you may visit some of the best clinics in Singapore, or in places near you.

Frequently Asked Questions:

A: Botox treatments are done quickly with minimal discomfort. It requires no anesthesia, nor does it need recovery time. Most patients get Botox treatment during lunch hours, and right after the treatment, they can come back to work.

A: The fact is that there is no right or wrong age to use Botox. However, patients need to undergo an evaluation and receive a consult by a medical professional before having the treatment. Concerning this, a lot of millennials use Botox in their twenties upon noticing lines and wrinkles on their face, or as a preventative measure.

A: Most physicians advise their patients to halt from drinking alcohol or taking in medications a week before treatment. Moreover, supplements such as Ginseng, Gingko Biloba, aspirin, and ibuprofen are also inhibited to avoid the thinning of the blood and lessen bruising after the procedure takes place.

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