Botulinum toxin is the most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure performed. It is very effective in the treatment of dynamic facial lines and wrinkles such as forehead lines, frown lines, worry lines, crow’s feet and neck lines. It is also effective in facial reshaping including softening the excessively square jaw and reducing the gummy smile. The product is extremely safe, has no downtime and the injections only cause very minimal discomfort.
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With over 4 million procedures performed each year, BOTOX® is the most popular minimally-invasive procedure. Used to treat facial lines and wrinkles such as forehead lines, frown lines, crow's feet, and lines around the neck, BOTOX® is the registered product name for Botulinum toxin, Type A. Botulinum toxin is produced by a bacterium known as "clostridium botulinum".
In small doses, botulinum toxin can be used safely to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. In addition, botulinum toxin has been shown to be an effective method for treating other conditions, such as migraines, excessive sweating and teeth grinding. It is also effective in reshaping an excessively square jaw and treating a 'gummy smile'.
Prior to your procedure, the treatment area will be thoroughly cleansed, usually with an alcohol-based cleanser. As the procedure is typically not very painful, an anaesthetic is not usually administered. However, if you are especially sensitive to pain, Dr Miroshnik may use a topical anaesthetic to help you stay comfortable and relaxed during your procedure. Ice packs can also be quite helpful.
Before performing the injections, Dr Miroshnik will ask you to contract your facial muscles in the desired treatment area in order to determine the precise injection sites. These sites will then be marked for accuracy. The entire procedure typically takes approximately ten to fifteen minutes, but may vary depending on the number of desired treatment areas.
Using an ultra fine needle, Dr Miroshnik will inject small amounts of BOTOX® into the facial muscles along the treatment areas. You may feel a slight stinging or burning sensation during the procedure. In addition to factors such as age, sun exposure, and heredity, one of the primary causes of facial lines and wrinkles is repetitive muscle contraction. Nerves release neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that send signals, or impulses to other nerves, muscles, or the brain. Nerve impulses are what trigger muscles to contract, or move. When injected into facial muscles, the toxin in BOTOX® injections blocks the transmission of these nerve impulses, which temporarily paralyses muscles and prevents them from contracting.
How the Injections Work
Under normal conditions, a neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine is released by the nerve cell. Acetylcholine vesicles must be able to bind to the nerve membrane, in order to release the acetylcholine and transmit a signal to the muscle. Once released, acetylcholine triggers the muscle to contract. As you know, this repeated muscle contraction causes facial lines and wrinkles to form. Once BOTOX® is injected into the treatment area; the toxin enters the nerve and cleaves aspecial protein along the nerve membrane that is necessary for acetylcholine to bind properly. As a result, acetylcholine cannot bind to the nerve membrane and is not released. Without the release of the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, facial muscles are unable to contract and are temporarily paralysed, giving the face a smooth, less wrinkled appearance.
How the Injections Work
You will typically be able to resume normal activities immediately following the procedure. You may notice some redness, minor swelling or bruising, or numbness around the injection sites.
However, these and other symptoms are generally minor and should resolve within a few days following the procedure.
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You will most likely begin to notice the results within a few days following the procedure. As the muscles in the treatment area are unable to contract, the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles will decrease. The results from a single procedure last approximately four months after which you can receive subsequent injections to maintain the desired results. Although the results are temporary, BOTOX® can safely and effectively help to restore the smooth, more youthful appearance you desire.