The use of BTX injections can dramatically reduce dynamic wrinkles around the frown lines (wrinkles between the eyebrows), crow’s feet(wrinkles around the eyes) and smokers lines (wrinkles around the mouth). This treatment is effective with a safety record spanning 20 years.
What is BTX?
BTX is a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles creating an improved cosmetic appearance. The active ingredient is a muscle relaxant obtained from the bacterium Clostridium botulinium and is manufactured in sterile laboratory conditions. Botox is a prescription only medicine.
How does BTX work?
Botulinum toxin binds to nerve endings and prevents the release of chemical transmitters that activate muscles. This way, the natural, purified protein relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles.
This process may take upto 2 weeks for the maximal effect to be seen. After a few months the nerve endings usually grow new connections to the muscles and the effect wears off. The injections are typically repeated about two to three times a year, as directed by your Dermatologist.
What does treatment with BTX involve?
The first step is to have a consultation with a consultant dermatologist. They will evaluate whether BTX therapy is appropriate for you, discuss the expected outcome, and answer any questions you may have.
BTX is a non-surgical treatment for wrinkles. A small amount of Botox is injected into the selected facial muscles with a very fine needle. Discomfort from injections is minimal and brief and comparable to an ant bite. Ice application or anaesthetic cream can be applied ½ hour prior to the procedure to minimize discomfort.
Slight redness at the injection site is frequently seen, but this usually fades within a few hours. Makeup, if desired can be worn after the BTX procedure. Results are usually seen after a week, however may take upto 2 weeks for the full effect to become apparent.
How long does BTX last?
Botox lasts, on average, three months to four months in most patients. With repeat Botox treatments the effect tends to last longer as muscles weaken over time.
Is BTX safe?
The use of BTX is safe, with a track record of over 20 years. In fact BTX injections are commonly used in much higher doses to treat children with cerebral palsy to reduce muscle spasms and lazy eye syndrome.
Are there any precautions that I need to take after being treated with BTX?
Normal activities can be resumed soon after treatment, however, there are some basic precautions that should be taken to reduce risks of side effects and obtain the best results from your treatment.
- Ice may be applied to the treated area to help reduce discomfort, swelling and bruising
- Try to exercise your treated muscles for the first hour after treatment. If you forget, it will not impact on your treatment negatively
- Do not lie down or do strenuous exercise for 4 hours after treatment
- Do not have a facial, nor rub or massage the treated areas for 24 hours after treatment
As this is a cosmetic procedure there is no claimable Medicare rebate for this treatment.
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