Have you ever noticed that there are fine lines on our faces when we laugh, smile or frown ? The wrinkles formed during facial expression are called “dynamic wrinkles”.
What can I do ?
Botulinum toxin injection has been widely used as the treatment for different diseases and also for beauty purposes for more than 10 years, the results achieved include improving facial expression lines ( crows feet, frown lines, lip lines, forehead lines ).
How does it work?
When a small amount of botulinum toxin is injected into a muscle, it blocks nerve signals that tell your muscles to contract. The effect is that it temporarily weakens or paralyses the facial muscles and smooths or eliminates wrinkles in the skin for a few months.
How to choose the best products ?
Botox® dominant more than 75% of marketing share and it is the first product to be found to remove wrinkles via injection. In Malaysia, there is other brands like DYSPORT®, XEOMIN®. Every brand has it’s own unique characteristics. BOTOX® has good stability and last longer, DYSPORT® has good permeability and XEOMIN® are the most pure among all. Others than the 3 mentioned brands, there are also some Korean brand including Neuronox available on the market. Not forget to mention that there is also some China brand available as well, but the product’s safety and stability varies with price. After determining the preferred brand, next comes to the doctor’s experience and technique as botulinum toxin injection is not easy to expertise in. The most important aspect remains a trustable clinic!
Face-lift or masseter muscle hypertrophy : Excessive betel nut chewing or consumption of chewing gum will cause masseter hypertrophy.
Can be used to treat hyperhidrosis ( excessive sweating even when the surrounding temperature is cool or the person is at rest ) and bromhidrosis ( body odour ).
Treatment procedures :
Inform patient regarding the point of injection on the face such as forehead, eye area or cheek.
Obtain informed consent after explaining the pre-op and post-op care.
Take photo of the treatment part before the treatment.
Disinfect all the instruments needed for the treatment.
Start the botulinum toxin injection with the right dosage. ( Procedure time is solely depend on the treatment area, might take up to 20 minutes )
Rest for 5 minutes.
Is it painful ?
After the treatment, patient might experience slight swelling on the treatment area, they are able to return to work immediately following the procedure.
How long can I see the effect ?
The effect will be slowly seen after 3-4 days, best result will be after 7 days. This treatment will be definitely a good choice for those who want to have instant beauty without surgery.
Is there any side effects?
During the treatment, doctor will decide the drug dosage and exact point for injection based on the distribution and depth of the facial muscles. Extreme care should be taken during the procedure. If there is mistake on drug dosage and point of injection, side effects include muscle stiffness, ptosis ( drooping of the eyelid ) and drooping of the corner of the mouth.
How long can it last ?
The nerve will regenerate by itself, so the single botulinum toxin injection effect can only last for half years. The treatment is repeated after 6 month, but the effect will last longer due to continuous state of muscle relaxation.
Patient on medication should inform the physician regarding the medical status before going for the treatment.
No ice-pack or heat-pack application on the treatment area after injection.
Avoid face massage, exercise, sleep and tilting head forwards for 4 hours after injection.
Maintain a straight posture for a minimum of 3 hours after injection.
No vigorous exercise in 24 hours after injection.
Avoid sauna and oven.
Avoid contact on the treatment area for 6 hours, but normal water and foam cleansing with light make up remover is allowed.
If there are frequent changes of head position, the result will not be satisfactory.
How is the cost ?
The cost starts from RM1200. It will be more economical for signing the packages of a year package of 2-3 sessions. Double check to make sure what brands they use for the procedure.