Botox, a neurotoxin used in a number of medical and aesthetic procedures in Singapore, works to paralyse nerves and hence relax muscles. Aesthetically, Botox® is used in the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles with effects lasting approximately three to four months.
As we age, fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet develop as our skin produces less collagen and elastin that keep the skin supple and smooth. Our skin also becomes drier as we age, causing lines to appear and deepen into wrinkles.
Besides skin issues, Botox® injections are also used to treat a wide range of medical conditions such as migraines and neck spasms.
Botox® injections work by blocking chemical signals that cause muscles to naturally contract. This causes the facial muscles that cause frown lines and wrinkles to relax, leading to a smoothening effect. Dermal fillers may be also injected during the same procedure to improve facial volume and restore moisture to the skin.
It is a fast procedure and results can be seen afterwards as the muscles are immediately paralysed. This treatment is not permanent and usually lasts for only a few months, so patients are generally advised to return for follow-up sessions to keep the skin tight and firm. For the safest results, it should be done by an experienced doctor who can also keep you comfortable during the procedure with numbing creams or topical anaesthetics.
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Botox® injections can be used to treat the following conditions:
After just one session, you can expect to feel a tightness in the area where the Botox® was injected (typically in the face and eye area). You can also expect to see fewer fine lines and wrinkles, and a more youthful appearance.
Some side effects may occur such as pain and bruising at the injection site, but will typically resolve in a few days. If you have lingering side effects such as droopy eyelids, watery eyes, or headaches, consult your doctor immediately.
In general, patients are advised to undergo Botox® every three to six months for the best results. However, it depends on the individual, their skin type, skin condition, and age. For example, for those in their 20s or early 30s, Botox® injections may be a preventative measure and they may only be required to undergo treatment sessions every six months. For those who start to see their Botox® fade off earlier, they may return for touch-up sessions every three to four months. It is important to consult with a reputable doctor to develop a customised plan so they can work with you towards your aesthetic goals.
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