Sabetian Natural Appearance Clinic

Soraya Sabetian

Registered Nurse

Botulinum Toxin

What does Botulinum toxin do?  

Botulinum toxin relaxes voluntary muscle movement in certain areas of the face, reducing or eliminating “dynamic wrinkles”, or wrinkles that are worsened by expression and facial muscle movement. The wrinkles already present, known as “static wrinkles”, may not be removed with Botulinum toxin alone.

While the beneficial effects of Botulinum toxin can be prolonged, the continual presence of this in the muscle tissue “teaches” the muscles that create your facial expression not to contract. It is this learned “muscle lesson” that is believed to responsible for the more prolonged response.  


Botulinum toxin Type A have been in use for years and have a high safety profile, it can be used on other parts the face and body.  Botulinum toxin must be injected every 3-6 months.  

What are the ingredients?

Botulinum toxin Type A  The main ingredient in Botulinum Toxins is actually a neurotoxin, a human albumin (a protein found in human blood plasma) and sodium chloride. Human albumin is a common protein in blood plasma which is produced by the liver. Sodium chloride is basically salt.  The toxin in question is made by the bacteria clostridium botulinum which is extracted using a fermentation process.  BTA is used for three main purposes:  Muscle spasm control, severe underarm sweating and cosmetic improvement. 

What Can Botulinum Toxin Type A Do?

Botulinum toxin is used by many Registered Health Professionals to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or to prevent wrinkle formation such as frown lines, forehead and crow’s feet (around the eyes).


In addition to the above Botulinum toxin can also be used to prevent or reduce the appearance of the following:


  • Gummy smile which occurs when your lips expose your upper gums while smiling

  • Elevate the outer eyebrow, creating more of an arch

  • Reduce wrinkles around lips

  • Treat Bruxism teeth Grinding causes

  • TMJ or temporomandibular pain,

  • Headaches

  • Reduce the size of wide Jaw to aesthetically enhanced facial appearance often seen in some Asian patients.

  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating usually underarm) 

Does Botulinum toxin prevent wrinkles?

People develop wrinkles because, over time, skin weakens and can’t effectively bounce back from folding caused by laughing, smiling, furrowing your brow, and all the other motions your face makes on a regular basis, by using neuromodulators like Botulinum toxin to relax facial muscles to prevent them from constricting and wrinkling. Preventative Botulinum toxin simply starts that process early on for people who need it more.


Botulinum toxin specifically prevents dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles caused by muscle movements. Those typically include lines around the sides of your mouth, horizontal lines across the forehead, crow's feet, and wrinkles on the side of your nose. By relaxing these muscles with Botulinum toxin, you can prevent their movement, resulting in wrinkles.


Receiving Botulinum toxin injections in your late 20’s and early 30’s can work as an effective prevention treatment.  Older patients with “static” wrinkles also have success.


Botulinum Toxin  is injected with a very small needle (like an acupuncture needle), so it causes very little pain upon injection.  Botulinum Toxin does not cause irritation or inflammation. The injections are performed in clinics and typically take fifteen minutes to complete. You may return to your normal activities immediately.  We ask that you avoid rubbing your face.  Botulinum Toxin blocks the signal from the nerve to the muscles, ultimately resulting in a reduction of muscle activity so that muscle contraction that causes frown lines is temporarily prevented.  The untreated facial muscles continue to show facial expressions, such as smiling. 

Botulinum Toxin Recovery

Recovery from Botulinum Toxin injections is minimal. Most patients are able to immediately return to their normal activities, though some minor redness or swelling and rarely bruising may occur at the injection site. The results will begin to be visible in three to five days.

Before Botulinum Toxin 

  • Do not rub your face or any areas that were injected with Botulinum Toxin  for 24 hours 

  • No exercise, do not bend down, lie down, or do strenuous exercise immediately after treatment 

  • Do not use a sauna or put yourself in other situations where your body will be subjected to increased heat levels

  • No aggressive skin manipulation up to one week after treatment, so no forms of treatment like microdermabrasion, laser hair removal and electrolysis.

  • Just keep your hands off your face and don’t do anything which could potentially cause the Botulinum Toxin to move. Play it safe! It’s all about minimising risk.

Before Botulinum Toxin 

Please avoid taking these supplements as it will help to minimise any potential post treatment bruising.

  • Exedrin

  • St Johns Wart

  • Vitamin E

  • Fish Oil or Omega-3s

  • Ginko Bilboa

  • Ginseng

Who should NOT receive Botulinum Toxin?

  • Please do not book Botulinum Toxin injections if you have any of the following:

  • Pregnant women, nursing mothers because it has not been tested

  • Neuromuscular diseases like myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s),

  • Motor neuropathy

  • Patients who are allergic to human albumin (different than an egg allergy)

Botulinum Toxin For Men  

When deep creases and frown lines start making you look aged or permanently unhappy, you can now consider getting a little extra help from Sabetian Natural Appearance Clinic (SNAC). We offer injectable treatments specifically for men. 


The name speaks for itself “Natural”, maximizing on the understanding of facial structure and how to get a natural, masculine result.  Men are excellent candidates for Botulinum Toxin, though they generally have heavier muscles than women and require more product.


Here at SNAC, our mission is for a more natural look.  Our complimentary consultation will provide you an accurate indication on how to achieve the fresh look so no one would know you have had a cosmetic enhancement. 


Your friends and family will think you have had a great holiday, a good relaxing weekend, or a good night’s rest.  


We understand that some clients would like to keep their cosmetic enhancement private.  Let us reassure you that your confidentiality is our main priority.