Wrinkle Relaxing or Botulinum Toxin injections are all the rage in Hollywood and is reportedly used by most celebrities. Hollywood gossip websites have speculated that celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Celine Dion, Madonna, Cher and Sylvester Stallone have been injected with botox but only a few admit it.
Our facial expressions change because the muscles in the face contract or relax. This is caused by the brain sending a signal via our nerve endings that we want to, for example, frown or laugh. When botulinum toxin is injected into a specific muscle it blocks the signal from the nerve to the muscles in the face. This means that the nerve ending cannot tell the muscle to move. This is not a permanent condition, however, but it will last for around 3 – 4 months.
These injections are commonly used to treat wrinkles on the face esp the crow’s feet ( area at the outer corner of the eyes), frown lines ( area in between the eyebrows) ,the horizontal forehead lines, bunny lines and under eye lines.
After the injections, the area treated will look smooth and less wrinkled. You will notice a difference in 4-7 days time but the maximum effect is reached in 2 weeks.
It is usually necessary to have a treatment every 3 – 4 months to maintain and improve upon the original results. It has been proven to be quite safe to have botulinum toxin injections at the above frequency over a period of years.
Most people do not find these injections painful. There will be a slight discomfort and there maybe small amount of swelling or bleeding at the sites which will settle in 2-3 hours.