BOTOX (crow's feet / frown lines / worry lines / bunny lines / square face / v face lift)
BOTOX (slim down calves)
Q1. What are the indications for BOTX?
BOTOX is mainly aimed at treating wrinkles or muscle hypertrophy resulted from muscle overuse, such as worry lines, frown lines, crow's feet, bunny lines, square face, obscured V-shape facial contour, double chin, and calve hypertrophy. In addition, BOTOX can also be applied to treat hyperhidrosis and underarm odor.
Q2. What is the mechanism behind BOTOX?
All the serotypes interfere with neural transmission by blocking the release of acetylcholine, which is the principal neurotransmitter at the neuromuscular junction. Intramuscular administration of botulinum toxin acts at the neuromuscular junction to cause muscle paralysis by inhibiting the release of acetylcholine from presynaptic motor neurons, which in turn inhibit muscle from contracting and gland from secreting to reduce wrinkle, improve hypertrophy or excessive sweat.
Q3. Will I experience pain during the BOTOX treatment process?
With a tiny cosmetic needle, your doctor will precisely inject BOTOX into the muscles that give rise to your wrinkles. Before the treatment application of some ice packs or anesthetic ointment can help relieving the pain and discomfort. During the injection process, you may feel slight pricking pain which is generally acceptable by most people.
Q4. How long does the treatment effect last?
Under general conditions, the treatment effect may last from 4 months to 6 months depending on the patient's physical conditions. Treatment effect may fade away faster for those who use their muscle frequently, take on irregular daily routine, stay up late at night, and experience greater stress.
Q5. How long does it takes before the treatment result shows up?
The time it takes for a perceivable treatment result to show up largely depend on the treatment area's thickness and patient's physical condition.
1. For reduction of facial lines, it generally takes at least 1~2 weeks to see a gradual effect and 1~2 months to see a complete result, depending on patient's physical condition.
2. For reduction hyperhidrosis or underarm odor, it generally takes at least 2~3 weeks to see a gradual effect and 1~2 months to see a complete result, depending on patient's physical condition.
3. For square face or V-shaped face-lift, it generally takes at least 3~4 weeks to see a gradual effect (muscle softening or face shape changing) and 1~2 months to see an optimal effect, depending on patient's physical condition.
4. For reduction of calf hypertrophy, it generally takes 1~2 months to see a gradual effect (calf softening and changing) and 1~2 months to see an optimal effect. The result becomes most obvious after 3~4 months and it is recommended not to wear high heels as much as possible to maintain the treatment effect.
Q6. Is it true that BOTOX treatment makes the patient’s facial expression looks both rigid and unnatural?
Please consult a professional and certified doctor before BOTOX injection so that you can still have a natural facial expression even after the treatment. For the first timers, you may experience different degrees of muscle strength loss and muscle weakness (so that the facial expression wrinkles reduce accordingly). It may take some time to adapt to the conditions at the beginning.
Q7. What is the exact time interval between every two BOTOX injections?
Since different patients have different BOTOX metabolism and requirements, it is recommended that you return once every 4~6 month to receive another BOTOX injection. Since some patients wish to keep their skin in a perfect condition without any wrinkle, they would receive another injection shortly after some wrinkles reappear on their faces.
Q8. Will the wrinkles become even more severe if I stop the BOTOX injection?
No. Without BOTOX injections, your skin will gradually regain its strength so that your wrinkles will restore to the original state according to your muscle using habit (such as frowning or raising eyebrows). If you don't change your habit or that the collagen losses as you get older, deeper wrinkles may continue to appear on your face. You will see a similar result if you have other muscle using habit such as chewing food in a special way, long-term standing, or wearing high heels. Therefore, it is recommended that you receive BOTOX injection regularly to reduce or prevent wrinkle formulation.
※ Treatment effects and recovery periods may vary from one individual to another. Hence, information provided on the official website is for reference only.
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