Forehead wrinkles, glabellar lines, “crow’s feet”, dropping lip angles, hyperhidrosis (armpits, feet, hands)
Botulinum toxin is one of the most popular substances used in aesthetic medicine. When injected into a muscle, it triggers its contraction. It smoothes out existing wrinkles. In addition, procedures involving botulinum toxin administration can be considered means against aging as they limit wrinkle-forming facial expressions.
Anesthesia, the course of the procedure, and the recovery period
Botulinum toxin is applied onto cleansed and degreased skin using a single-use syringe with a very thin needle. This facilitates the delivery of the substance into a precisely defined spot, allowing the toxin to act only on muscles to which it was delivered. The procedure lasts about 20 minutes. Patients are subjected to local anesthesia using the EMLA cream. The procedure requires no recovery downtime.
The first effects can be observed as early as after 2-3 days; however, 7-10 days are required for the fullest effect. Over time, the body develops new nerve fibers to revert the effects of botulinum toxin. The procedure should be repeated after several months to maintain the effect. In most cases, the procedure should be repeated after 3-4 months; this, however, may depend largely on individual predispositions of patient’s body. When a patient decides not to repeat the procedure, their skin returns to the previous condition and ages along with the natural biological processes.