What is Botox

Botox is a protein produced by a bacterium (clostridum botulinum) that blocks the release of acetlycholine, which is the substance responsible for transmitting electrical impulses that make the muscles contract.

In medicine botulinum toxin is injected directly into hyperactive muscles to stop them contracting. It has been safely and effectively used for treatment of strabismus (cross eye) and blepharospasm (lid spasm) since the early eighties.

How does Botox Work?

Hyperactivity of the facial expression muscles often result in the development of deep frown lines (vertical lines between the eyebrows),
forehead lines (horizontal lines going across the forehead) and crows feet (sometimes known as laughter lines, develop at the outer corners of the eye). Injecting Botox into the affected area, temporarily paralyses the underlying muscle responsible for wrinkling, giving the face a more relaxed and pleasant appearance. The wrinkles become smoother or disappear altogether.

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The initial effects of treatment become visible within 48 to 72 hours. The maximum effect is reached in about 1 to 2 weeks. Your facial expression will become more relaxed but by no means mask-like. The overall result is very natural.

The effect of treatment generally lasts for 2-7 months, on average for 4-5 months. Re-treatment is then required to maintain the result. Should the muscles not be re-treated, your facial appearance will return to how it was before treatment.

Static wrinkles due to skin thinning will not be improved by Botox. Other types of management may be required.

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