How does Botulinum help to correct wrinkles?
The constant activity of mimetic muscles means that, over time, wrinkles can develop in the skin that lies over them, for example scowl lines over the nose, forehead lines or laughter lines at the corners of the eyes (also known as crow's feet).
Botulinum prevents muscles from contracting by blocking the messenger substance they need to do so, and therefore Botox injections into the affected muscles can cause dose-dependent relaxation. As a result of this muscle relaxation, the wrinkles also lessen or disappear altogether if they were not already too deep. Botulinum is quickly broken down by the body after injection, and its effect lasts a few months, depending on the quantity injected and the patient.
When does Botulinum work, and for how long?
In most cases, the effects of the treatment can be seen after 48-72 hours, with the maximum effect being achieved after 1-2 weeks. Rarely, it can also take longer for the treatment to take effect.
The blockade of the transfer point between the nerve and the muscles generally lasts 4-6 months. By this point, the changes caused by Botox will have regressed. The wrinkle-smoothing result of the injection also lasts the same amount of time. If wished, this treatment can be repeated.
Can any side effects occur with the cosmetic use of Botulinum?
The injection of Botulinum is a very safe and well-tolerated method of gently smoothing wrinkles when administered by an experienced practitioner. The injection can cause small blood spots or swelling to appear around the injection site. All of the side effects, just like the effects of Botulinum itself, are temporary and reversible.
Is there any experience of long-term effects?
Botulinum toxin has been used for almost 30 years and in relatively high doses to treat abnormal muscle cramps (spasms). This experience has shown that Botulinum does not cause any long-term side effects. If anyone warns you off using Botulinum to correct wrinkles saying that its long-term use has not been tested thoroughly enough, then please be aware that this is not the case.