Botulinum Toxin Type A (BTX-A) is a purified protein that relaxes the facial muscles which cause wrinkles. BTX-A reduces the activity of these muscles, hence reducing the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles.
– Non-surgical facial sculpturing
– Wrinkles / Expression lines
– Enlarged pores (Micro-BTX-A)
What is it, really?
We often read about stars and celebrities who are alleged to have had BTX-A injections to look younger. Then, we wonder to ourselves: since the celebrities have done it and are well and gorgeous, why not try it?
How long lasting are the results?
BTX-A can last up to four months, with follow-up and maintenance treatments two to three times a year. Additional treatments actually prolong the smoothening effects so that re-visits to your doctor gradually become less frequent.
Is it safe?
The answer is, yes, BTX-A injections are safe, if and only if they are the BTX-A Cosmetic brand manufactured by Allergan. Since its first use in 1989, no permanent side effects have been reported. Temporary side effects which are soreness and minor bruising may occur. Which is inevitable as it is an injection. These will not disrupt the patient’s schedule.
The safety of the injections and the cosmetic result also depends on the physician’s skill and judgment. BTX-A must thus be administered by reliable physicians.
What else can BTX-A Cosmetic be used for?
BTX-A can reduce a square jaw line by reducing the size of the jaw muscles. This results in a smaller, V-shaped jawline. Micro BTX-A injections are used to shrink pores for a more refined and less oily complexion. BTX-A is also approved for the treatment of various medical problems like neurological disorders. Clinical trials are ongoing to further explore the medical potential of BTX-A. Links between BTX-A and reduced frequency of headaches have also been established from patient data.
What is BTX-A?
BTX-A is actually the brand name for Botulinum Toxin A manufactured by Allergan. Another popular brand is “Dysport” which is made by Ipsen.
BTX-A is the most popular medical aesthetic procedure done in the world and for a good reason. Used appropriately and in skilled hands, it is a very safe, quick and effective way to recapture your youthful appearance. Only minute amounts at low concentrations are used in aesthetics to relax muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles on our face.
Whenever we smile, cry or talk, our facial muscles will contract forming creases in the overlying skin. With time, these repeated movements can cause permanent creases leading to wrinkles on our skin. By relaxing the associated muscles, we can reduce the appearance of such wrinkles.
Commonly treated areas are frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines.
If I start having BTX-A, will I need to do it forever? Will my skin look worse if I stop?
The effects of BTX-A lasts 4 months. So to maintain the results, one will need to have the treatment periodically. When one ceases treatment, the lines and wrinkles will reappear slowly and return to their original state pre-BTX-A. There is no evidence to suggest that BTX-A will worsen your wrinkles once you stop.