A purified protein is injected directly into a facial muscle, causing muscle weakness and relaxation by blocking that muscle’s targeted impulse – the reason why this treatment is effective in the treatment of muscle spasms.
Aside from the treatment of muscle spasms in the face, facial wrinkle reduction injections are also used to improve the appearance of signs of ageing, such as frown lines and crow’s feet.
The lines and folds in the face are weakened and relaxed, and will be unable to contract to form into unsightly facial creases.
Excessive sweating can also be addressed with a facial wrinkle reduction injection treatment, with a highly diluted form of the toxin injected directly into the underarm skin, or into the palm or soles of the feet.
If you want to reduce the lines on your face without having to resort to surgical procedures, the good news is that facial rejuvenation techniques can soften wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.
The benefit of having this treatment done by dentists is that they have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the facial anatomy, and can perform this delicate work in a precise manner. Our practice uses the botulinum toxin type A for this treatment, an injectable aesthetic solution.
Once injected into the skin, the botulinum toxin relaxes the tiny facial muscles -which cause expression lines – by blocking the nerve impulses in them, leaving the skin looking smoother.
The wrinkle reduction injections will be injected into the facial muscle to be treated using a very fine needle. By targeting only the specific muscles that are causing facial wrinkles or creases, the treatment will not adversely affect the natural movement of the rest of the facial muscles – so that these muscles can still move in a normal manner.
The treatment will last for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the areas in the face that will be treated, and the extent of the facial lines that need to be addressed. There is no anaesthetic necessary this treatment, and very little to no downtime is expected after the procedure.
Results from the wrinkle reduction treatment will be visible three to seven days after the procedure, and are expected to last from three to four months. Patients may experience some mild bruising or soreness in the injection sites, but these are not common and will go away in a few days. Massaging or pressing on the areas treated should be avoided for a few hours after the procedure.
As the effects of the wrinkle reduction treatment wear off after about three to four months, the weakened muscles will be able to move once again – and facial lines may come back in these areas. The wrinkle reduction treatment can then be repeated as necessary.
No, there is a marked difference between the botulinum toxin and dermal fillers. The botulinum toxin treatment relaxes the muscles, while dermal fillers work on filling and plumping up lines, wrinkles and grooves to make the skin younger-looking. Fillers usually consist of sterile hyaluronic acid gels made from non-animal sources.
The botulinum injection is quick and painless; usually lasting around 5-10 minutes and requires no antiseptic. Results will usually be seen in a few days, sometimes taking between 4-7 days for the effects to be seen. As it’s not a permanent treatment, the effects will wear off over time, so it’s recommended that the procedure is repeated every 3 months for effective results.