What is Botox?
Botox is a natural, purified protein that relaxes the muscles in the face that cause wrinkles. It is a safe and simple method to reduce wrinkles, smooth fine lines, and softly contour the jaw line while providing a fresher, more youthful overall look. Botox is one of the most popular rejuvenation techniques on the market today.
How does it work?
We use our facial muscles to speak, eat, and communicate emotion on a daily basis. Overtime, wrinkles tend to form in the areas that we utilize most often, such as frown lines on the forehead, smile lines on the cheeks and crow’s feet around the eyes. Botox relaxes the facial muscles that lie beneath these areas, causing the lines to gradually smooth out while simultaneously preventing new lines from forming.
How It Works
What areas can be treated?
Face: primarily used to eliminate the wrinkles on the forehead, brow area and around the eyes
Face shape: provides a slimmer, more feminine jaw line by reducing the size of the jaw muscles, making them appear less prominent
Neck: reduces horizontal and vertical lines in the neck
Underarms: decreases sweat and smell associated with hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, of the armpits by blocking the chemical that signals the body to perspire
How is it administered? Is it painful?
The treatment takes approximately 10 minutes. Topical anesthetic cream are applied, which provides numbing sensation, minutes before the Botox injections are given. Many patients found this treatment with minimal or no pain at all.
Botox temporarily blocks the signal from a nerve to a muscle so that the wrinkles formed by muscle contraction relaxes and softens. Botox works best for lines formed because of muscle contraction such as frown lines or, horizontal forehead lines and smile lines. Botox is also used to lift the eyebrows, to correct lines around the lips and neck, and in Singapore, a common use for Botox is to “slim” the face when it is injected into muscles that we use for chewing along the angles of the jaw.
How long do the result last?
After an injection, it takes approximately 3 to 7 days for Botox to take effect. The full results last between 3 to 6 months before lines slowly begin to return. It usually takes longer for the results of jaw remodeling to take effect, however, these results last for up to 8 months. After repeated Botox treatments, the treated muscles tend to atrophy so the effects tend to last longer.
Is Botox safe?
Botox is US F.D.A. approved and has been widely tested and used safely for many years in over 20 countries around the world. Side effects are very rare, but some people may experience temporary headaches or bruising/redness at the injection site. There is no downtime, and normal daily activities can be resumed immediately.
Who should not get Botox Treatment?
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not receive Botox. Also, Botox may not be suitable for patients with conditions that affect muscle activity
I am afraid that Botox will leave me with a frozen, mannequin face. Will this happen to me?
Botox does not paralyse muscles in experienced hands. Customised the dosage and specific muscles to be treated in order to minimize wrinkles yet preserving your ability to show emotion and expression.