Injectable Wrinkle Treatment
Many wrinkles are actually creases that have been worn into the skin by making the same expression many times. These are called “expression lines” or “dynamic wrinkles”.
Typical dynamic wrinkles include “frown lines” between the eyebrows, “crow’s feet” around the
eyes, and forehead lines. The presence of these lines can add years to our appearance, often
making us look angry, tired or worried.
Botulinum toxin can help you to control your facial expressions. Botulinum toxin treatments can help to prevent the unintended display of negative feelings, and in this way help some people to express themselves more accurately.
Botulinum toxin is a highly purified, naturally occurring protein, which has the ability to very precisely relax the muscles to which it is applied. This relaxation lasts for a number of months, and then the treated muscles gradually return to their normal condition.
Botulinum toxin does not affect the nerves responsible for sensation, so there is no numbness in the treated area. You can stop Botulinum toxin treatments at any time and be confident that you will gradually return to your pre-treatment appearance.
The benefits Botulinum toxin on wrinkles come from the ability of Botulinum toxin to selectively and precisely relax the muscles that are causing the wrinkles to occur. The skin over the treated muscles gradually become smoother and less wrinkled as the muscles relax.
The treated muscles usually start to relax within a day or two, and reach the maximum degree of relaxation with 7-14 days. About 3 months after the first treatment, the effects of the Botulinum toxin gradually start to wear off.
Because it relaxes the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles, Botulinum toxin treatments can also prevent new lines from forming in the areas treated.
Botulinum toxin treatments are gentle and quick. No sedation or local anesthetic is required, so you will be able to continue with all your usual activities immediately after your treatment. A small amount of discomfort may be felt when the needle is inserted and the solution is injected. This sensation lasts only seconds.
Occasionally patients experience some bruising at the injection site. This can easily be hidden with cover-up and fades away within a few days.
The average cost for a Botulinum toxin treatment can range from $200 -$600. Some
people may need more Botulinum toxin injected into the area at that point to obtain
Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Do you find underarm sweating is significantly interfering with your daily activities and topical agents haven’t worked? You may be a candidate for Botulinum toxin treatment.
Sweat is your body’s temperature regulator. In some people, the body’ s mechanism for cooling itself is overactive – so overactive that they may sweat four or five times more than is necessary, or normal. When sweating is this extreme it can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, anxiety inducing, and disabling.
It can disrupt all aspects of a person’ s life, from career choices and recreational activities to relationships, emotional well-being, and self-image. This kind of excessive sweating is called Hyperhidrosis and it afflicts millions of people around the world (approximately 3% of the population).
Botulinum toxin has the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical in the nervous system that is responsible for “turning on” the body’s sweat glands. By blocking, or interrupting, this chemical messenger, Botulinum toxin “turns off” sweating at the area where it has been injected.
During the procedure, a very fine needle is used to inject small amounts of Botulinum toxin just under the skin near the sweat glands responsible for excessive perspiration. Multiple injections are given based on your clinicians’ assessment of the area that needs to be treated.
It is important to remember Botulinum toxin injections do not cure Hyperhidrosis; your symptoms will return gradually. Follow-up injections are required to maintain dryness. These repeat injections may be necessary at intervals varying from seven to sixteen months.