BOTOX (Botulinum Toxin Type A)

What are dynamic wrinkles?

Ageing is accompanied by the appearance of two types of wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle over-activity, frown (or glabella) lines belong to this category, and static wrinkles associated with loss of volume: nasogenian creases (semi-circular lines marking the boundary of the cheek and the mouth area) are an example of these. Repeated muscle contraction leads to the appearance of dynamic wrinkles.

What is BOTOX?

Nerve endings release a chemical substance, acetylcholine, which transmits contraction information to the muscle. BOTOX is a type A botulinum toxin whose role it is to temporarily block the release of acetylcholine. The muscle is then relaxed and the wrinkle is reduced.
Frown lines are caused by the contraction of three muscles, the procerus, located between the eyebrows, and the corrugators above each eyebrow. BOTOX is injected into these different muscles that cause this line.

How is the treatment given?

BOTOX comes in the form of a vial containing 50 units or 100 units of botulinum toxin in powder form. Your doctor will dilute this powder by adding saline solution.
Once reconstituted, your doctor will draw up the necessary amount using a syringe. After disinfecting your skin (and marking the injection sites) your doctor will inject the treatment at several points into each of the 3 muscles causing the frown line.

What happens after treatment?

To limit complications, it is recommended:

• Not to rub or massage the treated areas for 24 hours after treatment.
• To cleanse your face gently, without rubbing it that evening.
• Not to apply make-up for 4 hours following treatment.
• To avoid bending down and not to do any tiring physical exercise (gym, exercise class) or take a sauna the same day.

The results of treatment are seen within a week of injection, and maximum effect may be seen 5-6 weeks after injection. Treatment has been shown to be effective up to 4 months after injection. At least 3 months must pass between treatments.

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