TOXINS

Anti-Wrinkle Toxin Injections

Botulinum toxin acts on the neuromuscular junction to block ‘signals’ between nerves and muscles.

It can therefore induce a desirable “muscle-relaxing” effect which can

  • Minimise existing wrinkles
  • Prevent new wrinkles
  • Reduce large square jaws
  • Control teeth grinding
  • Slim ‘bulky’ shoulders and calves
  • Minimise excessive sweating in body areas such as the armpits, the palms and the soles (aka ‘hyperhidrosis’)
  • Lift the brows (aka ‘chemical brow lift’)
  • Soften lines and bands on the neck
  • Treat exaggerated expressions, such as bunny lines, gummy smile, dimpled chin
  • Smoothen peri-oral lines (aka ‘smoker’s lines)

The effects typically start to show in a matter of days and reach a peak at 2 weeks.

The effects continue for 3-6 months.

If administered by skilled and medically trained professionals, botulinum toxin rarely causes serious complications; minor side-effects associated with injections such as redness and swelling could occur but are transient lasting.

Mechanism of action of botulinum toxins:

Forehead/frown lines/crow’s feet

Indication: wrinkle reduction; wrinkle prevention.

Effects typically take 3 days to 2 weeks to show.

Effects typically last 3-6 months.

 

Are you suitable?

Wrinkles form when facial muscles underneath the skin contract. They become more visible with age as the skin loses collagen and elastin and become more easily

‘Creased’ by the contractions. Botulinum toxins relax the muscles and significantly reduce the muscles’ wrinkling effects.

Regular administration of botulinum toxins will not only minimise existing wrinkles but also prevents permanent wrinkling of the skin from years of unrelaxed muscle contractions.

 

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure itself takes only 5 minutes. It is one of the most popular ‘lunch-time’ cosmetic procedures.

 

When will I see results?

The effects typically start to show in a matter of days and reach a peak at 2 weeks.

 

When can you return to normal activities?

The injections will result in mild swelling and redness which usually resolves after 30 minutes. Applying ice can speed up the process. Normal activities can be resumed shortly after the procedure. However, strenuous activities such as going to the gym should ideally be avoided in the first 24 hours.

 

How long will the results last?

In general, botulinum toxins will continue to have effects for 3-6 months.

Brow lift

Indication: to lift the brow and ease off sensation of ‘heavy’ eyelids; often in combination with dermal filler brow lift for maximal brow raising effects.

Effects typically take 3 days to 2 weeks to show.

Effects typically last 3-6 months.

 

Are you suitable?

Ageing can result in lowering of the brows. Higher brow positions are often desired because they are associated with a more energised look and an overall more youthful appearance. Botulinum toxins can be injected into one or multiple muscles to help lift the brows. This combined with dermal fillers can help achieve several millimetres of lifting without any invasive procedures.

 

How long does the procedure take?

Chemical brow lift takes around 5 minutes only. When combined with dermal fillers, the whole procedure takes approximately 20 minutes.

 

When will I see results?

The effects typically start to show in a matter of days and reach a peak at 2 weeks.

 

When can you return to normal activities?

The injections will result in mild swelling and redness which usually resolves after 30 minutes. Applying ice can speed up the process. Normal activities can be resumed shortly after the procedure. However, strenuous activities such as going to the gym should ideally be avoided in the first 24 hours.

 

How long will the results last?

In general, botulinum toxins will continue to have effects for 3-6 months. Dermal fillers last between 6 – 12 months depending on the choice of filler.

Bunny lines

Indication: smoothen expression lines caused by scrunching up the nose.

Effects typically take 3 days to 2 weeks to show.

Effects typically last 3-6 months.

 

Are you suitable?

Scrunching up the nose can cause horizontal lines on the nose bridge which can look overly expressive. Botulinum toxins can help smoothen the lines.

 

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure takes only 5 minutes.

 

When will I see results?

The effects typically start to show in a matter of days and reach a peak at 2 weeks.

 

When can you return to normal activities?

The injections will result in mild swelling and redness which usually resolves after 30 minutes. Applying ice can speed up the process. Normal activities can be resumed shortly after the procedure. However, strenuous activities such as going to the gym should ideally be avoided in the first 24 hours.

 

How long will the results last?

In general, botulinum toxins will continue to have effects for 3-6 months.

Gummy smiles

Indication: help conceal excessive gum appearance caused by smiling; often in combination with lip fillers.

Effects typically take 3 days to 2 weeks to show.

Effects typically last 3-6 months.

 

Are you suitable?

Smiling wide can result in excessive revelation of the gum in some people. Botulinum toxins can help conceal the gum associated with smiling (aka ‘gummy smile’). This can be combined with lip filler to achieve optimal results.

 

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure takes only 5 minutes.

 

When will I see results?

The effects typically start to show in a matter of days and reach a peak at 2 weeks.

 

When can you return to normal activities?

The injections will result in mild swelling and redness which usually resolves after 30 minutes. Applying ice can speed up the process. Normal activities can be resumed shortly after the procedure. However, strenuous activities such as going to the gym should ideally be avoided in the first 24 hours.

 

How long will the results last?

In general, botulinum toxins will continue to have effects for 3-6 months.

Peri-oral wrinkles/lip wrinkles/smoker’s lines

Indication: smoothen wrinkles around the lips caused by ageing or smoking; often in combination with peri-oral dermal fillers.

Effects typically take 3 days to 2 weeks to show.

Effects typically last 3-6 months.

 

Are you suitable?

Vertical wrinkles can form around the lips as we age which are made more obvious by peri-oral movements, such as pouting, speaking, chewing, etc. They are especially common in smokers. They give away a person’s age easily.

Botulinum toxins can help smoothen the wrinkles in and around the lips, giving a more youthful look to the mouth/lip region in general.

For complete mouth/lip rejuvenation, we recommend this treatment in combination with several other collagen-stimulating or intense hydrating therapies also available at our clinic:

Lip filler

Peri-oral dermal filler

Peri-oral Profhilo

Peri-oral radiofrequency (RF)

Peri-oral microneedling

Peri-oral chemical peels

Peri-oral IPL or ‘laser’/light therapy

 

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure alone takes only 5 minutes.

 

When will I see results?

The effects typically start to show in a matter of days and reach a peak at 2 weeks.

 

When can you return to normal activities?

The injections will result in mild swelling and redness which usually resolves after 30 minutes. Applying ice can speed up the process. Normal activities can be resumed shortly after the procedure. However, strenuous activities such as going to the gym should ideally be avoided in the first 24 hours.

 

How long will the results last?

In general, botulinum toxins will continue to have effects for 3-6 months.

Dimpled chin/cobblestone chin

Indication: smoothen dimples on the chin caused by expression.

Effects typically take 3 days to 2 weeks to show.

Effects typically last 3-6 months.

 

Are you suitable?

Movement around the mouth can cause the chin to become ‘dimpled’ or ‘wrinkled’, appearing like a ‘cobblestone’. Botulinum toxins can help relax the muscle which contract to cause these ‘dimples’.

 

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure takes only 5 minutes.

 

When will I see results?

The effects typically start to show in a matter of days and reach a peak at 2 weeks.

 

When can you return to normal activities?

The injections will result in mild swelling and redness which usually resolves after 30 minutes. Applying ice can speed up the process. Normal activities can be resumed shortly after the procedure. However, strenuous activities such as going to the gym should ideally be avoided in the first 24 hours.

 

How long will the results last?

In general, botulinum toxins will continue to have effects for 3-6 months.

Teeth grinding/jaw slimming

Indication: depending on the dose, can reduce night-time teeth grinding or aesthetically reduce the size of the jaw and help give the face a slimmer shape; can be combined with fat-dissolving injections to achieve the best face slimming effects.

Effects typically take 3 days to 2 weeks to show.

Effects typically last 3-6 months.

 

Are you suitable?

Teeth grinding happens at night and is usually involuntary (without conscious efforts). It is detrimental to the health of the teeth and over time can result in large square jaws which look obvious and unnatural.

Sometimes there is a genetic predisposition to large square jaws. Various studies have suggested that East Asians have genetically more hypertrophied masseter muscles [1][2][3]. Large square jaws in women particularly can leave a masculine impression.

Botunilum toxins can effectively weaken masseter muscles, disabling night time teeth grinding and over time reduce the size of the muscles, making the face look more slimmed and oval-shaped.

References:

[1] Kim NH, Chung JH, Park RH, Park JB. The use of botulinum toxin type A in aesthetic mandibular contouring. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2005;115(3):919-930

[2] Ahn J, Horn C, Blitzer A. Botulinum toxin for masseter reduction in Asian patients. Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery. 2004;6(3):188-191

[3] Park MY, Ahn KY, Jung DS. Botulinum toxin type A treatment for contouring of the lower face. Dermatologic Surgery. 2003;29(5):477-483

 

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure is quick and take approximately 5 minutes only.

 

When will I see results?

The masseter muscles at baseline often feel ‘hard’ and ‘strong’. Following the injection, the muscles will feel ‘soft’ in about 2 weeks’ time. Visible reduction in jaw size can be noticed from 4 weeks and reach a peak around 6 weeks.

 

When can you return to normal activities?

The injections will result in mild swelling and redness which usually resolves after 30 minutes. Applying ice can speed up the process. Normal activities can be resumed shortly after the procedure. However, strenuous activities such as going to the gym should ideally be avoided in the first 24 hours.

 

How long will the results last?

In general, botulinum toxins will continue to have effects for 3-6 months after which the jaw muscles will slowly regain strength and become more active again. Repeat treatments are recommended at this point and several regular repeat treatments (3 – 5) will help achieve optimal jaw slimming after which only maintenance therapy is usually needed.

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