Injections of botulinum-A toxin is a treatment to soften the appearance of facial wrinkles. When injected selectively into hyperactive or hypertrophic muscles in the face, botulinum-A toxin can also be used to lift and contour the face, resulting in a slimmer and more youthful facial profile.
Botulinum-A toxin works by blocking nerve signals in facial muscles which inhibits muscle contractions, thereby relaxing muscles and eliminating lines. After the treatment, muscle weakness would typically be felt within two to four days. The effects of botulinum-A toxin are not permanent because the affected nerves sprout new endings. The effects of botulinum-A toxin will slowly wear off in three to four months as a working connection between the nerve and muscle is being re-established. Repeated treatments two to three times a year are recommended for best results. There may be some degree of muscle wasting with each treatment, and for some patients this incremental atrophy of the muscle can gradually lengthen the interval between treatments.
As each person’s facial musculature is unique, the approach to botulinum-A toxin injections is individualised at Skinscape. The preference is for conservative doses of botulinum-A toxin to smoothen the skin whilst maintaining baseline muscle tone and facial movement for a natural result every time.