Bootox is the short form for “Botulinum Toxin”. Botulinum Toxin is a muscle relaxing agent, a natural purified protein produced by a bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum. Botulinum Toxin works by blocking nerve signals responsible for muscle contraction. This helps to relax the facial muscles and smooths out existing wrinkles. With early usage formation of wrinkles can be reduced by preventing extreme skin movements.
Botulinum Toxin was used previously only for treating cervical dystonia, overactive bladder and incontinence, chronic migraine headaches, excessive sweating and the lazy eye. Botulinum Toxin has been introduced into the cosmetic world in the late 90s and early 2000s.
As we age, the underlying tissues that keep our skin youthful and plumped up start to break down due to prolong sun exposure, unhealthy life-style, stress, years of repetitive facial expressions. As a result, unsightly facial lines and wrinkles formed. Both Bootox and dermal fillers are used for facial rejuvenation and to treat wrinkles but they work differently.
Botulinum Toxin is used to treat dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are those lines and wrinkles that appear when you are performing facial expressions such as frowning, squinting, smiling and laughing.
Example includes forehead lines (lines that formed when you raise your eyebrow), frown lines (lines that formed between the eyebrow when you are frowning), crow’s feet (lines that formed at the outer edges of eye when you are squinting or laughing) and bunny lines (lines that formed around the bridge of the nose when you are smiling).
There are several brands of Botulinum Toxin manufactured by different companies on the market but currently only two brands of Botulinum Toxin are registered in Malaysia, they are FDA approved products, ‘’Bootox’’ and ‘’Dysport’’. The different brands of Botulinum Toxin exert the same effects but require different doses.
Do not confuse Botulinum Toxin with dermal fillers as they work in a very different way. Botulinum Toxin relax the muscles that cause wrinkles temporarily. However, they can always use in conjunction with dermal fillers for better aesthetic result.
When you are young, your skin can easily bounce back to the original position after your facial expression. But, as you get older, these dynamic lines can become static lines over the time due to loss of skin elasticity as the part of the natural aging process.
Botulinum Toxin works to smooth wrinkles/remove the wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles that responsible for the wrinkle. It only works on wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement. Botulinum Toxin is injected through a fine needle into the facial muscles.
Botulinum Toxin works best for dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles that haven’t set permanently and appear only when you move your face). It is for both men and women whose skin is starting to age or for older clients who want to prevent fine lines from getting worse.
Results can be seen after 2-3 days of injection. The full effects of Botulinum Toxin may take 1-2 weeks and the results typically last about 3-6 months. Repeated treatment is needed every few months to maintain the optimum results.
Numbing cream is applied to the site of treatment prior to the injection to numb and provide a pleasant pain free experience for the client. The treatment begins by injecting small amounts of the purified toxin into the area of interest. Mild pressure or ant bite feel might be felt which ceases once all the toxin is injected in.
The entire treatment will take only around ten minutes. Botulinum Toxin (Bootox) that is injected will work its wonders by blocking the nerve transmission to the muscle at the particular area. This then causes the muscle to relax temporarily so any facial expression will not cause the wrinkles to be visible. The skin will be smoother and appear less wrinkly.
There will be no long term discomfort felt. Very rare side effects such as mild headaches or swelling can be treated with Tylenol or Aisprin. Botulinum Toxin may take up to two weeks to completely take effect though you can notice the difference within just a few days.
Botulinum Toxin usually lasts well for four months and then gradually will decrease its effect and within six months the area of injection returns to its pretreatment state and a repeat of the injection will be required to maintain or further extend the wrinkle free effect of Botulinum Toxin. With the use of Botulinum Toxin, you are literally freezing time.