What is Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum toxin is a substance produced by a naturally occurring bacterium – Clostridium Botulinum. It was introduced in the 1960s for the treatment of neurological diseases, and in 1989 the use of toxin for the treatment of blepharospasm and strabismus was accepted. For cosmetic purposes, purified and diluted botulinum toxin type A is injected subcutaneously to minimize or completely wipe skin lines and wrinkles. When small doses of toxin are used, it produces the facial paralysis of the targeted muscle, resulting in a smooth and rested aspect of the patient’s face.
The popularity of neuromodulator treatments has increased over the years for several reasons. It is less invasive than facial lifting and has immediate results. After a facelift, bruises and edema may occur for several days and signs of surgery may remain visible for several months. After botulinum toxin injections, minimal swelling resolves in one to two days and the post-sting trauma disappears in 24 hours. Botulinum toxin is much cheaper and faster than facial lifting, it is given in such a short time that treatments can be done during lunch break and the results are reversible, so if the patient is not fully satisfied with his or her appearance, the face will regain its usual features in three-four months.
There are without a doubt some associated risks. Allergic reactions to botulinum toxin are extremely rare, but may occur. Treatment with antibiotics may predispose people to allergic reactions, so patients are advised to be upfront with the doctor. Pregnant or breastfeeding women are also advised to postpone botulinum toxin administration until the baby is no longer dependent on the mother for feeding. Our doctors will discuss other side effects or complications during your first consultation. Botulinum toxin is in many ways a more attractive option than aesthetic surgery. Treatment is fast, cheap and painless. If you consider cosmetic surgery, why not try botulinum toxin first? Our team of physicians will help you decide if botulinum toxin treatment is right for you.