This refers to a suite of products that promise to relax wrinkles and smooth fine lines. It most commonly refers to the use of Botox or Xeomin injections. Botox (registered trademark protected name) is a neuromodulator - that is it blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The muscle becomes inactive, making wrinkles relax and soften. Botox is commonly used on the forehead, around the eyes, between the eyes (the elevens) and frown lines. Botox/Xeomin are brand names of a toxic by-product of the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. Initially it was used to treat eye conditions such as lazy eye.
WHAT TO EXPECT
After an initial consultation that scopes expectations and price, the consultant will suggest locations for the Botox. It is important that the practitioner spend some time looking at the symmetry of your face and understanding your normal facial gestures and movements; the prominence of muscles and so on. The injecting itself only takes a few minutes. There is usually no need for local anaesthetic and as there is only a very fine needle involved and only a slight sting or pinch may be felt.
It takes a few days (4-7 days) after the injections for the Botox to take full effect, then the wrinkles are less prominent and the skin looks smoother.
A genuinely revolutionary treatment that has been widely used and tested a great deal. It reduces wrinkles with a minimally invasive procedure.
If over-done you can be left with a frozen look where muscles have stopped working and facial expression becomes fixed and unnatural looking.
Dropped eyelid: if injected too low or in the wrong place, a dropped eyelid may occur. This can last a couple of months until the injection wears off. Eyelid droop can be helped with prescription eye drop (Iopidine 0.5%).