Botox: Anti Wrinkle Treatments
Fillers in Dubai | 12 February 2020
Overactive facial muscles, especially between the eyebrows, forehead and around the eyes can often contribute to the formation of active facial lines and wrinkles. With the loss of collagen and elastin in the skin with aging, or as a result of sun damage, these lines become increasingly apparent and permanent. The use of a Botulinum toxin (BOTOX or Xeomin) to relax the underlying muscles is an effective method to improve these lines and wrinkles. In some individuals, the use of dermal filler injections in combination with botulinum toxin treatments will be necessary to achieve the optimum rejuvenation. Skin rejuvenation programmes using products and lasers are also available enhance overall improvements.
What is Botulinum Toxin Treatment?
Botulinum toxin blocks the transmission of nerve impulses to the specific treated muscle(s) and therefore induces relaxation of the muscle in a dose dependent manner. Botulinum toxin also blocks nerve impulses to sweat glands and can subsequently be used to treat excessive sweating – Hyperhidrosis of the underarms (axilla), face, hands and feet. Because receptors that are blocked by the botulinum toxin are continually being replaced, the effects are never permanent, but typically last 3–4 months in muscles and 6–12 months in sweat glands.
Am I suitable for Botulinum Toxin Treatment?
If you are particularly concerned about the appearance of facial lines or wrinkles in areas with over-active muscles, such as the frown lines or crow’s feet, then treatment with botulinum toxin to the underlying muscles will have a beneficial effect on these concerns. It should be noted that deep lines may not disappear with muscle relaxing injections alone, but may require an injectable dermal filler product, such as Belotero or Ellanse, in order to further soften these areas. Botulinum toxin treatments should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
How is the treatment performed?
An initial consultation will be carried out to determine the goals for your treatment, make note of any associated asymmetries/abnormalities, and a treatment plan will be determined in order to achieve the ideal result for each individual. Photos will be taken before your treatment in order to document your concerns efficiently. The treatment is carried out in an outpatient setting, taking approximately 15-20 minutes. Facial mapping will be completed, and a cold pack applied to the treatment areas. Botulinum toxin will then be injected with a fine needle into each specific treatment area, with only minor discomfort experienced.
Will the treatment be painful/cause bruising?
The use of skin cooling with a cold pack or, occasionally, a topical local anaesthetic cream will ensure minimal discomfort during the treatment. Very minimal to no bruising should occur due to the careful, experienced techniques and fine needles used; however, please be aware that any breach of the skin may result in small bruises.