Botulinum Toxin….Nothing to frown upon

Spending a lot of time in your car? Ever thought of the amount of time spent squinting & frowning unconsciously? The repetitive action of your facial muscle movements leads to the formation of resting lines which could be prevented by one small miracle protein, called Onabotulinum Toxin (the original toxin molecule).

Did you know – In 1987, Jean and Alastair Carruthers discovered the smoothing effect of Onabotulinum toxin on the frown area while treating a patient for blepharospasm. In 1992 the first manuscript was published on the cosmetic use of botulinum toxin. Onabotulinum toxin is celebrating its 30th birthday for facial indications next year.

It is often believed that people who receive botulinum toxin look like a wax doll therefore stigmatizing the treatment, but it has been proven to reduce the patient’s self-perception of age by 4-6 years within 1 week!

Data collected from article “The Convergence of Medicine and Neurotoxins” published in the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery journal (2013) revealed that 40-60% of patients treated with Onabotulinum Toxin stated looking 5 years younger than their actual age, 4 weeks post treatment...therefore it is not surprising why such a large percentage of the world population religiously clock in for their Botulinum toxin “fix” once every 3-4 months. However, the key to effortlessly looking younger using Botulinum toxin, lies in the technique & expertise of the Doctor.

When scrolling through social media one can see just how many people abuse this wonderful proteïen. This causes distortion of the facial features and creates an unnatural look. What you really want is to enhance and preserve your natural beauty without the “I can’t show any facial expression” look.

Ready to knock off a few years?

A consultation is done and Botulinum toxin can be administered in the same session. The treatment can reduce abnormal muscle contraction of specific areas e.g. frown, fine lines around the eye area (crows’ feet) and forehead. 

Costs can vary depending on treatment areas and expertise. The duration of a treatment typically takes 20 minutes and must be maintained every 3-4 months.

Should you have more questions regarding Botulinum toxin, please contact Cosmetic Dermatology Centre on 021 552 7220 or e-mail: admin@capederm.co.za

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