Botulinum Toxin is a drug doctors have been using for years to treat wrinkles and facial creases. Botox is a brand name of a toxin made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are other brands, such as Dysport and Xeomin. Our drug of choice is called Bocouture and one we have used for many clients with great results.
Botulinum toxin blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can't contract. That makes wrinkles relax and soften. Botulinum toxin is most often used on forehead lines, crow's feet (lines around the eye), and frown lines. It won’t help with wrinkles caused by sun damage or gravity.
How Is a Procedure Done?
Having Botulinum toxin injections takes only a few minutes. You won’t need anesthesia. The therapist uses a small needle to inject it into specific muscles with only minor discomfort.
It generally takes 7 to 14 days to take full effect. It’s best to avoid alcohol starting at least 1 week before the procedure. You should also stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications 2 weeks before treatment to help prevent bruising.
Avoid rubbing the injection site for 24 hours so you don’t spread the drug to another area. You should also stay upright for 4 hours after the injections and to take a day off from exercising.