Muscle relaxant injections or Botulinum toxin (common brands used by Dr Tallent are Botox® or Bocouture) are the most popular anti-ageing treatment to prevent the formation of wrinkles and to soften existing lines.
How do Toxin injections work?
Toxin treatments relax the injected muscles, therefore reducing movement. This reduced movement prevents creasing of the skin, hence reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Toxin treatments work only on the specific muscles injected, leaving surrounding muscles to function as usual maintaining normal facial expression. The results are a smoother, younger-looking appearance, which lasts for 3 to 6 months.
Toxin treatments to prevent lines forming
Toxin treatments also work as a preventative measure. If the skin is unable to crease, wrinkles are not able to develop. Over time the benefits of this treatment become more impressive. Also the muscles can start to weaken and therefore may require less Toxin treatment.
Frequently asked questions
Which lines on the face can be treated with Toxin treatments?
The upper half of the face is most commonly treated with Toxins – around 95% of all Toxin aesthetic treatments are administered here:
Frown lines between the eyebrows
Crow’s feet on sides of the eyes
Lower face areas:
'Bunny' lines either side of the nose
Down-turned nose tip or nasal flaring
'Smokers' lines around the lips
Masseter muscles on the jaw, to smooth and soften the jaw contour or stop jaw clenching (bruxism)
Platysmal bands - neck bands
These areas are treated 'off label' but are commonly used.
When should I start having Botox treatments?
Toxins works best as preventative treatment, to stop lines from forming. The ideal time to start Toxin treatment is when you start to develop dynamic lines (these are lines that are visible when you make an expression such as frowning) but before you have developed static lines (lines that are visible when your face is relaxed). Static lines will not disappear completely, but will soften with time.
How quickly will I see the results?
While some clients report an almost instant improvement, there should be a noticeable improvement to the lines on your face within 5 days to 2 weeks.
How long do the effects of Botox injections last?
Results from Toxin treatments will vary from person to person but it will usually last 3-4 months, and sometimes longer, up to 6 months.
Will I look unnatural after treatment?
One of reasons why Toxin treatments are so popular is the subtle improvement it makes to your appearance. Friends may comment that you look more relaxed or fresher, but treatment will not radically alter your appearance; it will simply reduce muscle activity. A good treatment will still allow you to frown or smile as you normally would.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects of Toxins are rare, it is one of the safest cosmetic procedures available. There is the possibility, however, of the treatment being dispersed into an adjacent muscle. This can cause a temporary raise or droop of the eyebrow or eyelid, which can often be corrected with extra treatment.