Botox treatments reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in a more youthful appearance. Repeated muscle movements from expressions such as smiling, squinting, or frowning cause these lines to develop. Botox injections paralyze the subdermal muscles responsible for facial expressions, which subsequently reduce the appearance of the associated lines and wrinkles. Botox injections are a quick and painless treatment where the purified botulinum toxin is injected into the lines and surrounding areas to prevent the muscles from pulling the skin into furrows.
Botox works by binding to the facial muscles causing a temporary paralysis, preventing wrinkle formation. Botulinum type A (BTXA ) is a protein, which when injected into muscles, blocks the release the of neurotransmitters to activate the muscle. Once the muscles are at rest, the skin relaxes as well, resulting in a smoother, natural and relaxed appearance. An experienced clinician, such as Dr. Yuen, can inject the right amount of Botox so that you still have some movement or animation, avoiding the "frozen look". The treatment itself is completed with a series of small injections using an extremely slender needle. This treatment is one of the most extensively studied cosmetic tools used to address signs of aging. It is approved for use in more than 50 different countries.
A Botox® injection treatment is more or less pain-free and typically takes around 10 minutes. Patients require very little downtime after treatment. Many patients have Botox injections during their lunch hour. The effects of the injections take a little time to be fully noticeable, with most patients seeing a reduction in facial lines within 24-48 hours. The results last for between 4-6 months and additional top-up treatments are often necessary to maintain the effects.
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