Injectables & Nonsurgical

BTX

What can be done to counter this?

We can address some of these wrinkles with non- surgical procedures such as BTX and Fillers.

As oculoplastic and aesthetic surgeons, our doctors understand facial anatomy and how it alters with age. Our doctor uses a range of treatments, such as chemical neuromodulation (BTX) and fillers, to ensure that our patients achieve bespoke natural-looking results with movement. We believe that we should “freeze our lines not our expression”.

What is BTX

BTX is a sterile purified protein. It is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles, giving the face a relaxed and smooth appearance.

When should I consider BTX?

Anyone can consider BTX if they are concerned about the dynamic lines they see on their face. When we frown, blink or squint, we gather tissue into a fold which can cause a chronic crease in our skin. This results in crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles and frown lines. BTX blocks nerve impulses to muscles, causing the muscles to relax. Once a muscle action has been relaxed, existing creases fade and new ones are prevented. BTX treatment can also be used in brow elevation to widen the eye area and give one an open, refreshed appearance.

How is the procedure done?

A few drops of BTX are injected into the facial muscle with a tiny needle into the facial muscle, blocking the nerve impulses that cause the contractions. As the stimulation to the muscle weakens, the lines gradually soften, giving you a more refreshed, relaxed, highly natural looking appearance. The actual procedure is usually very quick, often taking only a few minutes. 

What should I expect after the procedure

There is usually minimal or no bleeding or swelling after the procedure. The nurses may apply some ice to the injection sites after the procedure to reduce any swelling. Some patients have it done during their lunch hour and return to normal activities thereafter. We usually advise patients to avoid vigorous exercise or massaging the face immediately after the injection to avoid inadvertent spread of BTX to other facial regions.  

How long does BTX last?

The BTX takes effect in 3 to 4 days, while maximum results are achieved in 7 to 10 days. Gradually over 3 to 6 months, the BTX effect will fade, and the muscle action will return. When the frown line starts to reappear, a simple repeat treatment is all that is necessary to maintain the desired result. 

Is BTX safe?

BTX is one of the most widely researched medicines in the world. It is safe in the hands of properly trained health professionals. The main risk is temporary droopiness of the eyelids, which may occur in approximately 1-3% of cases. This can be treated with appropriate eyedrops. Unnatural looking results can be avoided by titrating the amount of BTX and where it is placed. It is attractive to keep some natural movement, so you look refreshed, not fake. Talk to your doctor to see which might work best for you.

 

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