Botulinum toxin for expression lines
The wrinkles around our eyes and mouth and on our forehead are what bring us to life, but they can also make us appear tired, angry or haggard. For years, Botulinum toxin has been the preferred treatment for smoothening out expression lines on a temporary basis. Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is a protein derived from bacteria which blocks the communication between the nerves and the muscles. With the right dosage, muscle contractions are reduced to achieve the desired effect on wrinkles. We at HAUT- UND LASERZENTRUM AN DER OPER, have been experts on Botulinum toxin for more than 20 years.
Botox was approved as a treatment for muscular tension and muscle cramps in Germany at the beginning of the 1980s. The substance has also been used in aesthetic medicine in small doses since 1990. Facial muscles are closely connected to the face’s skin. If the muscles are tensed, visible lines appear. Expression lines are especially concentrated around the forehead, the nasal root (anger lines) and the eyes (crow’s feet). Over the years, these lines remain visible even in a relaxed state. As already noted, the objective of a Botox treatment is to reduce muscular tension and soften existing wrinkles. Conscious and unconscious expressions are reduced, which lowers the dynamic formation of lines and gives the skin the ability to regenerate itself. Your facial expression will appear more alert, friendlier and more youthful. The injection does not affect other nervous functions.
Botox is injected into the area to be treated with an extremely fine needle. Apart from a slight prick, you will hardly feel anything. The treatment only takes a few minutes, and the effect is visible after three to seven days and lasts for around three to four months after the first session. After the treatment is administered several times, the duration of the effect increases to six to nine months. Normal activities can be resumed after treatment, but you should avoid massaging the affected area on the day of treatment and refrain from strenuous exercise or going to the sauna. Temporary bruising or redness may appear at the point of injection and in rare cases mild headaches may occur during the first 24 hours after injection. We do not recommend Botox treatment during pregnancy, if there is a tendency to bleed, or in the event of neurological paralysis.