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Botulinum Toxin A (Botox® or Dysport®) is a pharmaceutical formulation that contains purified proteins to relax muscle. It is initially used to treat various forms of muscle spasm. In more recent years, minute doses are used for cosmetic removal of wrinkles. This is a FDA approved drug and has become one of the most widely done aesthetic treatments worldwide.
How is the procedure performed?
Botulinum Toxin A (BTA) is administered into the muscle or skin level via few tiny injections. The procedure takes only less than 10 minutes. Some patients report that being injected with botulinum toxin feels like a pinch. In some cases, numbing cream may be applied prior to the procedure to make the treatment virtually painless. Treatment requires minimal downtime or recovery; it’s often called a lunchtime procedure. You’ll be able to go about your normal routine immediately after you leave your doctor’s office.
What are the benefits of Botulinum Toxin A?
BTA is most widely used to reduce wrinkles in area such as forehead, crow’s feet and glabella region. It can also relax the masseter muscle to make the face appear slimmer or “V” shape. Other indications of BTA include treatment of bruxism (teeth grinding), bunny lines, subtle shaping of nose and eyebrows. Injection of BTA at underarms or palms can reduce the transmission of nerve impulse to the sweat glands, thus suppress sweat production. Studies also suggest that BTA in a diluted form can be administered at various points on the face, a technique called Meso-BTA, to reduce oil production of the face and achieve a more lifted look.
When can I see results? How long does it last?
Results can be appreciated as early as 1 week. You will expect the results to last for 3 – 4 months. With repetitive treatments, the results are cumulative and last progressively longer.
What are the downtime?
Injection related side effects including small bruises and minor swelling. If bruises happen, it can be concealed with light makeup and typically resolved in less than 7 days.