What is botulinum toxin?
Botulinum toxin (better know under its brand name Botox®) is a medicine that has existed for more than 20 years. It was originally used in neurology and ophthalmology to treat muscle disorders. Meanwhile, the indications of this drug have been extended to other disciplines, including aesthetic medicine.
In aesthetic dermatology, botulinum toxin is used to treat dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by repeated movements of certain facial muscles, such as the mimic muscles responsible for the frown lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. Injections into these muscles bring about a temporary relaxation of the muscles, making the overlying skin smoother and the wrinkles fade.
The effect appears after a few days and lasts for an average of 4 to 6 months. Afterwards, the product will gradually disappear and the muscles will progressively regain their normal mobility. New injections should then be done to maintain the effect.
The injections are not very painful and do not require anesthesia.
Botulinum toxin treatment in the upper third of the face gives a very natural, radiant look and a relaxed appearance. This treatment is not purely about wrinkle treatment but also allows to correct negative facial expressions such as a strict or tired look.
Botulinum toxin injections are often combined with hyaluronic acid injections and laser treatments for natural and harmonious correction of the entire face.
Medical treatments with botuline toxin:
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) of the armpits can be treated effectively using subcutaneous injections. Botulinum toxin slows down the secretion of sweat for 6 to 12 months. Having an injection in spring is recommended in order to prevent excessive sweating during the hottest months of the year.
Migraine and tension headaches: injections into forehead and scalp muscles
Bruxism (grinding teeth): injections into masseter muscle