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Botulinum Toxin FAQ's

What is Botulinum Toxin?

Botulinum toxin type A is an injection containing abobotulinum toxin A.  Abobotulinum toxin A is made from the bacteria that cause botulism.  Botulinum toxin blocks nerve activity in the muscles, causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity.  

How long does Botulinum toxin last?

Botulinum toxin injections must be repeated three to four times per year for best results. The goal is to weaken the targeted muscles without allowing them to regain bulk or strength. Most patients find that results last an average of three to four months.

It can last anywhere between 3-5 months, depending on the individual. For first time users it usually lasts up to 3 months. For those with incredibly fast metabolisms, such as athletes, it may wear off quicker.  The opposite happens for those with slower metabolisms, or not as strong muscle movement, it may last longer.  It is proven that the more regularly you have treatment the longer the result may last.

How is Botulinum toxin Injected?

Some of the areas seen below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: The Frontalis, Corrugator, Procerus and Orbicularis Oculi are the most common muscles injected with Botulinum toxin.

Botulinum toxin type A is injected into a muscle. A trained registered health practitioner will give you this injection.  Botulinum toxin injections should be spaced at least 3 - 4  months apart.  Your injection may be given into more than one area at a time, depending on the condition being treated.

The effects of a Botulinum toxin injection are temporary. Your symptoms may return completely within 3 months after an injection.  If you switch healthcare providers, be sure to tell your new provider how long it has been since your last botulinum toxin injection.

Using Botulinum toxin more often than prescribed will not make it more effective and may result in serious side effects.

Does Botulinum toxin work for older patients?

Botulinum toxin may be a start on your path to a more rejuvenated appearance. Although Botulinum toxin has a more limited benefit in older patients when used alone, patients aged 40 to 70 and beyond can benefit from it. Combined with other procedures, patients are able to obtain optimum smooth results. Patients often require additional surgery such as lower face lift, brow lift or eyelid lift in addition to Botulinum toxin and skin treatments in order to obtain the smoothest results.      

 

Are there risks associated with Botulinum toxin?

Botulinum toxin is a safe substance when injected in the proper setting by a trained professional.  The usual risks are minor bruises from the needle, although allergic reaction and infection is theoretically possible.  Flu-like symptoms or minor headaches can occur despite the fact Botulinum toxin is used to treat headaches.  Eyebrow or eyelid droop and double or blurry vision are a risk.  Most side effects are temporary.

Dermal Fillers FAQ's

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring polymer found in all living organisms.1  The Human dermis has a high percentage of HA, which hydrates the skin because of its high water-binding properties. HA is the predominant part of the viscoelastic intracellular matrix, which provides and maintains proper tissue volume and acts as a cushion to help protect the skin.

 

What are the characteristics of Neuramis®? 
(difference between Neruamis and others)

Neuramis® is innovative HA dermal filler developed by Medytox which has successfully developed a botulinum toxin product, Neuronox, the fourth of its kind in the world. Medytox’s SHAPE Technology, a special double cross linking technology, maximizes the volume and longevity.

 

Which areas can be treated by Neuramis®?

Neuramis® treatments can be used to smooth out facial lines, augment lips and shape facial contours, such as cheeks and the chin. It is a subtle approach to enhancing looks naturally.
 

The most common areas for treatment:

 

  • From the nose to the angle of the mouth (the nasolabial folds)
     

  • Marionette Lines (lines that form at the corners of your mouth) 
     

  • Lips (enhancement) 
     

  • Cheeks and Chin (shaping) 

Are there any side-effects?

Side-effects may occur. These include swelling, pain, itching, bruising and tenderness at the injection site. They usually disappear spontaneously within a few days to a few weeks.

How long does a treatment last?

In general, the results last 6-18 months. The duration depends on many factors such as the patient’s skin, age and injection areas.

 

Reference: 
1. Born T. Hyaluronic acids. Clin Plast Surg 2006; 33:525-38.

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