BOTOX (Botulinium Toxin)  

The Background

Botox has been used for years to treat muscular problems, including eye deviation, eyelid spasm as well as facial spasms.  Ageing is associated with the development of wrinkles and furrows on the face.  These lines may develop as a result of weakened dermal collagen from sun exposure and gravity, or due facial action on the skin.

Botox For Forehead Lines And Crows Feet

Botox or Botulinium toxin reversibly freezes or paralyses muscles; it therefore may be used to treat facial line caused primarily by the action of the muscle on the skin. The ideal areas to treat are those wrinkles caused by muscles that have no significant function.

Examples include: the deep crease between the eyebrows, crow’s feet wrinkles and forehead lines.

Do The Infections Hurt?

Most patients find the injections only cause mild, temporary discomfort.

How Will I Look After Treatment?

Immediately after the infections there may be a mild swelling, which usually subsides within 24-48 hours.  A “bump” or swelling is normally present for 12-24 hours at each treatment site and is often accompanied by small “needle stick” mark.  It is not uncommon to experience some localised tenderness, aching, stiffness and heaviness at treatment sites. This is normal and should not cause concern.

Do’s and Don’ts following Treatment

You may lay a cool wet washcloth or gauze pad over treated areas if you wish, but do not place heavy ice packs (frozen peas).  This may result in unwanted spreading of injected Botox to adjacent areas.

It is not recommended that you fly within 24 hours of having Botox treatment.

Do not press, rub or massage the treated areas for about 24hours. This may result in unwanted spreading of Botox to adjacent areas.

Wash your face gently for the for the first 12 hours after treatment. You may use your regular skin care products, including Retin-A and AHA’S.  Avoid rubbing or pressing on treated areas.  This may result in unwanted spread of Botox to adjacent areas.