Botulinum Toxin (Bo-Tox)

Botulinum Toxin

What is the Botulinum Toxin procedure?

Commonly known as the Bo-Tox procedure, the Botulinum Toxin is a highly effective non surgical procedure performed through injections in order to significantly decrease, or entirely eliminate signs of aging such as forehead creases, furrows, bands of skin in the neck region, prominent frown lines and crows’ feet etc. botox explanation

There are a number of procedures that contribute to facial rejuvenation, but Botulinum Toxin is by far the most widely used and preferred of all owing to its outstanding results. Minimally invasive in nature, the procedure only involves the injection of a specialized substance into the regions of the face in particular, that require correction. Botulinum Toxin is basically a wrinkle treatment for prominent signs of aging that can develop due to facial movements such as frowning, smiling, squinting etc with time.

Botulinum Toxin is available in two types namely A and B, both forms are derived from a specialized bacterium and are highly purified substances in nature. The mechanism of action is simple, upon the injection of this substance into the skin, the muscular nerve signals are blocked thus causing the weakening of the muscle. Once the muscle is weakened, it fails to contract effectively ultimately reducing the wrinkles present on the face.

For ideal results, skin experts use Botulinum toxin injections in conjunction with various other skin procedures including microdermabrasion, chemical peels and fillers. A combination therapy not only reduces and eliminates existing signs of aging, but also controls the development of new wrinkles.


What are the risks and complications involved with Botulinum Toxin injections?

Similar to all other highly or minimally invasive medical procedures performed globally, Botulinum Toxin injections also have several potential risks and complications that patients must discuss with their surgeons prior to the procedure. All patients must ensure that their medical histories are assessed beforehand. Leading plastic surgeons around the world first acquire the consent of their patients as part of medical protocol.
Because this procedure is non-surgical and minimally invasive in nature, it does not pose any serious threats to the patient. Some of the common risks and complications that are seen before, during or after Botulinum Toxin procedures include:

–          Post procedural Pain

–          Bruising at the site of injections

–          Nausea

–          Headache

–          Redness at the site of injections

–          Altered sensation

–          Post procedural facial drooping or weakness

–          Procedural errors leading to unwanted muscular weakness, breathing and swallowing difficulties, slurry speech.

 What are the steps involved in Botulinum Toxin Injection procedures?

It is critical to select a cosmetic surgeon with ample experience and technique to ensure 100% success of the treatment. True, the entire procedure only involves several injections at various sites, but the surgeon must be well versed in facial anatomy and nerve supply for the Botulinum Toxin to act on the muscles and nerves ideally.  Botox medical
Professional cosmetic surgeons are fully aware of the innervations and location of all 43 facial muscles, and thus know exactly where the injection must be placed to achieve the desired results. Some of the facts regarding the procedure and its steps have been enlisted as follows:

–          Botulinum Toxin procedures do not require any form of sedation or anesthesia

–          Muscles that require correction through the procedure are first pinpointed

–          An ultra fine needle is used for the procedure, and minute, calculated amounts of the Toxin are then injected into the affected muscles

–          The toxin causes the weakening of the muscles that contribute to signs of aging and wrinkles

–          All natural facial expressions are preserved during and after the procedure

–          There is no recovery period for Botulinum Injections and normal activities can be resumed immediately after the procedure has been completed

–          The number of injections required by a single patient depends upon the severity and location of the wrinkles, as well as the natural facial features. For instance, furrowing that is generally seen above the eyebrows requires up to 5 injections for effective correction.

–          The duration of the procedure depends upon the number of injections required, but does not generally take more than 20 minutes.


Recovery and Results (Click here to view Before & After Photographs) :

Because there is no recovery period for Bo-Tox injections, patients can conveniently resume their normal activities once they get home. It generally takes a week, or in some cases a few days for the procedure to show its complete effects or results.
Botulinum Toxin causes the marked reduction or complete elimination of most signs of aging, making the face look more youthful.
However, the results of this procedure are not permanent and once the effects of the injection start to diminish, the wrinkles may reappear and the muscle reactions may normalize.
It is entirely safe to book an appointment for more Botulinum Toxin injections to prevent the signs of aging from reappearing on the face.