BOTOX is the brand name of a botulinum toxin type A, commonly used to relax muscles that create wrinkles and creases on the face such as frown lines and crows’ feet. This muscle relaxant can also be used to treat ailments such as blepharospasm, strabismus and axillary hyperhidrosis. Cosmetic physicians have been using BOTOX since 2002 to enhance the facial features of patients, giving them a more youthful and vibrant look. The prices for BOTOX injections cost less than expensive surgical treatments, making them an attractive alternative.
Each year, about one million BOTOX treatments are administered to both men and women who wish to look more youthful and rested. Some youths have even turned to BOTOX treatments as one of the best preventive measures against ageing.
In the right hands, BOTOX can be used to accentuate the eyes and make the entire face more attractive.
Other brands of botulinum toxin type A approved in Singapore include Dysport and Xeomin.
How BOTOX works
Small, diluted amounts of the chemical are directly injected into muscles. The chemical will then block nerve signals to the muscles. The injected muscle would no longer be able to contract as forcefully, causing the wrinkles to relax and soften.
When an aesthetic physician in Singapore performs a BOTOX injection procedure, they use a fine needle to inject the chemical into a particular region on the face. There is only minimal discomfort and no anaesthesia is required. The process is quick and straightforward. Topical numbing cream may be applied in advance to minimise discomfort for those new to, or afraid of needles. BOTOX is one of the best treatments for those who wish to look younger without going under the knife.
It takes about 3 to 7 days for the BOTOX injection to take full effect.
The most common side effect of a BOTOX injection is a temporary bruising at the injection site. The bruising should go away in about 5 to 14 days. Some patients may also experience slight pain in the injected areas. Rare side effects include headaches and drooping of the eyebrow or eyelid. To prevent unwanted side effects, do heed the advice from your aesthetic physician in Singapore.
However, it is important to note that the effect is not permanent. A BOTOX injection will last approximately 4 to 6 months. After which, the muscles will begin to tighten again, and wrinkles will re-appear. It is recommended that BOTOX be injected again then, should you wish to maintain the effect. With each injection, lines and wrinkles will appear less severe, as the muscles are trained to relax. Hence, despite the non-permanent nature of BOTOX, you will be able to gain the best results after subsequent injections.
In addition, not all wrinkles can be treated by BOTOX. Wrinkles created by sun damage and gravity will not respond to a BOTOX treatment. Do consult your doctor before proceeding with the treatment. Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, have a neurological disease or are allergic to the chemical components of BOTOX should not undergo a BOTOX injection.
It is highly recommended that patients get a BOTOX injection by a medical professional, who is better qualified in administering BOTOX with a lesser risk of unwanted side effects. Be wary of anyone offering BOTOX injections at unrealistically low prices. Pay the appropriate cost for the injections to ensure that you have an effective and safe treatment.
At EHA Clinic, Dr Elis Tam performs BOTOX injections to help patients have a more youthful appearance. Contact us by filling up the contact form below, and learn more about the cost of BOTOX, or if it is suitable for you. Prices will differ according to the amount of product used.