Botulinum toxin injections are a popular cosmetic treatment for reducing the appearance of wrinkles. But how long do Botulinum toxin injections results last, and what are some other things you should know about this treatment? Here are six facts about Botulinum toxin injections that can help you make an informed decision about whether or not it’s right for you.
Botulinum toxin injections is a trade name that has become synonymous with cosmetic treatments (like Hoover for vacuum cleaner) and is made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Other brands include Azzalure and Bocouture. This toxin can cause botulism, a serious and potentially fatal illness.
However, when used in small doses, such as those used for cosmetic purposes, Botulinum toxin injections is safe and effective. Like many drugs used today they are found in nature and at the right dose have beneficial effects, but overdosing is definitely not recommended!
Botulinum toxin injections works by temporarily putting the muscles of facial expression into a resting state. This prevents the muscles from contracting, which smooths out expression lines. Skilful practitioners will weaken the muscles to the right degree, maintaining some natural movement but reducing or eliminating the wrinkles. They can also weaken some muscle more than others, rebalancing facial forces to reshape certain areas such as the eyebrows, the nasolabial folds, or the peri-oral region lifting the jowl and the corners of the mouth.
Results from Botulinum toxin injections typically last for three to six months. After that, the muscle activity will gradually return and the wrinkles will reappear.
While Botulinum toxin injections is most commonly used to treat wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes, it can also be used to reduce sweating, relieve migraines, and treat urinary incontinence.
The effects of Botulinum toxin injections are not permanent, so you will need to have periodic injections to maintain your results.
Side effects from Botulinum toxin injections are rare but can include bruising, swelling, and headaches. These side effects are usually mild and temporary.
Botulinum toxin injections can provide a temporary solution for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and rebalancing some facial features. If you’re considering this treatment, it’s important to be aware of both the potential benefits and risks involved. Come in and talk to us about whether Botulinum toxin injectionsis right for you.