Botox®, also known as botulinum-A toxin, is a treatment to soften the appearance of facial wrinkles. When injected selectively into hyperactive or hypertrophic muscles in the face, Botox® can also be used to lift and contour the face, resulting in a slimmer and more youthful facial profile.
Botox® 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 Botox® are not permanent because the affected nerves sprout new endings. The effects of botulinum toxins 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 Botox® injections is individualised at Skincape. The preference is for conservative doses of Botox® to smoothen the skin whilst maintaining baseline muscle tone and facial movement for a natural result every time.