Botulinum Toxin

A non-invasive way to erase your fine wrinkles.

Botulinum toxin, also known as Botox, is an active protein (produced by a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum), which can easily reduce wrinkles without requiring surgery.

Mechanism

Botulinum toxin works on the neuromuscular connections. It temporarily interferes with the transmission of the nerve impulse to the muscles and thus relaxing the muscles itself, which clearly reduces wrinkles. The smoothing effect starts from the first week after the treatment and carries on for four to six months.

Overdosing would completely paralyze the muscle; our aim is to inject a moderate dose to reduce the wrinkles leaving the natural expressivity of your face.

Consultation and treatment

Wrinkles are treated on an outpatient basis. An ultra fine needle is used to inject the Botulinum toxin very precisely into the muscular areas underneath the wrinkled zone. The treatment lists about 30 minutes, thus the patient can return to his or her normal activities immediately afterwards. Remember: in very few cases you may have some bruising that can be concealed with make up. The treatment can be repeated once the effect starts to fade, usually between 3-6 months, although the aesthewtic effect might last up to 9 months and under any circumstance the injections must not be repeated before 3 months.

Side effects and contra-indications

The botulin toxin has now more than 20 years of use for medical purposes, so the effects and possible complications are well known.

Some adverse effects may be related to some proteins injected with the substance itself or to the injection technique. Muscle weakening is one of the desired parts of the anti-wrinkle treatment. But the substance’s effect can sometimes extend to areas which we do not wish to treat and cause undesired muscle weakness (in the eyelids, for example). Other temporary side effects have also been observed in 1 to 10% of cases (headaches, red blotches or edemas at the injection site, dizziness, nausea, etc.), resistance to botox has been documented but it barely appear in esthetic patients.

The treatment must always be provided by trained, experienced specialist doctors and a prior consultation is essential. A follow-up meeting (free of charge) is recommended within a fortnight.