Anti-wrinkle treatments

Botulinum Toxin can help reduce crows feet and frown lines.

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Botulinum toxin is effective in the softening of fine lines and wrinkles. It aids long-term prevention and is appropriate for all ages.

It is the #1 cosmetic procedure in the world today, but like any cosmetic procedure it still needs to be administered with professional care and skill.

It is a non-surgical treatment that involves a small amount of Botulinum Toxin being injected into selected facial muscles using a very fine needle. Most commonly, Botulinum Toxin treatments are done for glabella frown lines (the vertical lines that appear between your eyebrows when you frown). A treatment takes about 10 minutes. Discomfort is typically minimal and brief, and no anaesthetic is usually required. The injection may sting for a few seconds but normal activities can be resumed soon after.

Your results will be noticeable in three to 14 days and the benefits usually last between three and six months.

Some commonly asked questions are answered below. Click on a question to reveal more information.

Botulinum Toxin is a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles to create a smoothed, rejuvenated and more youthful appearance. The active ingredient in Botulinum Toxin is botulinum toxin type A. It is derived from bacteria in much the same way as penicillin is derived from mould and is manufactured in sterile laboratory conditions.

Botulinum Toxin blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which allows the wrinkles to relax and soften. It is most often used on forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eye) and frown lines but it can also be used to treat problem underarm sweating (axillary hyperhidrosis).

There can be side effects but these are usually temporary and localised to the area of injection. Examples include soreness or mild bruising (which can easily be covered with makeup) or a headache. Less commonly, some people may develop a heavy eyelid. This may last 1-4 weeks and is normally treatable with eye-drops. There have been no permanent side effects of Botulinum Toxin reported. Botulinum Toxin should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding or for patients with a neuromuscular disease.

Botulinum Toxin is a prescription-only medicine and as such is only available from a doctor. It should be injected only under the supervision of a registered medical practitioner.

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