Botulinum Toxin type A, often referred to as Botox is an injectable that can be used to temporarily reduce or eliminate the appearance of facial fine lines and wrinkles.
Botox is an FDA-approved treatment for both medical and cosmetic purposes.
In aesthetics, Botox can be used to:
- Smooth frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead furrows, bunny lines, and lip lines
- Improve appearance of chin dimpling
- Diminish the appearance of neck bands
- Lift the corners of the mouth
- Improve a gummy smile
- Correct a square jawline
How Botox Works
Botox works by temporarily paralyzing nerve signals and muscle contractions leading to the improved appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox can also be used as a preventative cosmetic treatment as it can slow the formation of new lines by preventing contraction of the facial muscles.
Although Botox injections seem like a simple procedure, it is actually both science and art combined into one. That is why it should only be done by a skilled healthcare professional such as a dermatologist, nurse or a Plastic Surgeon. The human face has 43 muscles and that is why the person performing the injections should have knowledge about them and where they are exactly located so as to avoid mishaps and pinpoint the correct spots to optimize your desired results.
Botox injection treatment is a minimally invasive procedure and it therefore does not involve general anesthesia or incisions. However, a topical anesthetic or ice can be used to numb the treatment area if you are concerned about the pain and discomfort though the injections can be tolerable. The treatment takes about 15 minutes to complete.
During the procedure, your aesthetic expert will use a very thin needle to inject small amounts of Botox into specific muscles. Carefully choosing to inject specific muscles ensures that only the wrinkle-producing muscles are weakened thus preserving your natural facial expressions. This tends to avoid the ‘frozen’ look that is infamously associated with Botox injections.
The number of injections needed usually depends on the facial features being treated and the extent of the wrinkles.
Recovery and Results of Botox Injections
You might experience some swelling and bruising at the injection sites but these fade away quickly. However, there is no downtime associated with Botox and you can resume your normal activities immediately following the treatment.
You should however avoid massaging or rubbing the treatment areas following the Botox injections as this may cause the botulinum toxin to flow to another area of your face resulting in temporary facial drooping or weakness. Also do not lie down or bend over for the next 3-4 hours following the treatment as this can cause the eyelid to droop.
The results will start being visible in about 5-7 days post-treatment and they’ll last for about 4 months. Maintenance treatments will be needed after that.
At Aesthetics by Kings College Hospital Dubai, we have the leading plastic surgeons in the region who are UK and European-trained and board-certified and focus on the safety and care of every patient in a compassionate environment with state-of-the-art facilities. To book a consultation, get in touch using the contact details given, and one of our patient-care staff will book an appointment for you.