Bot - Toxin
How it works:
Botulism Toxin is effective in reducing dynamic facial wrinkles. The toxin binds to the neuromuscular receptors and prevents the nerve signal reaching the muscle. The amount of reduction is dependent on how much Bot-Toxin is used.
Facial wrinkles such as Crows feet, Frown lines and Forehead lines can all be reduced or eliminated Brow lifts can achieve a widening effect on the eye or reduced eye lid droopiness. Bot-toxin can also be used to lift the corners of the mouth, and to reduce the skin crease between the bottom lip and the chin. Those suffering from Temporal Mandibular Joint syndrome from excessive teeth grinding can have their masseter muscles injected to reduce headaches and joint pain. This can also be performed to change the facial shape and jaw line. Those suffering excessive sweating can have bot-toxin injected into the skin to stop or reduce sweating. Bot-Toxin can also be infused into the skin via channels created from fractionated laser resulting in less pain.
There is some minor discomfort with the injections. Minor redness and swelling will occur and last 1/2-1 hour. The bot-toxin will take 4-6 days to be effective and will last 3-4 months. Some patients have noticed that 4-5 days after injection, a minor reaction with slight dizziness and tiredness can occur. This lasts around 24 hours and is similar to the onset of a cold. Bruising may occur particularly around the eyes. This can be reduced by using ice at the time of the procedure. Medications such as asprin, antiinflammatories, vitamin E and ginko biloba can increase bruising. Eyelid drooping or a lopsided smile can occasionally occur with certain regions treated and can last 1-2 weeks, but is rare.
The current charge is $14.50 a unit. Discounts also apply if a large number of units are purchased. Two brands of toxin are available.
Below is an indication of units used for each region. This will depend on age and skin type.
Brow lift 6-8 units
Crows feet 6-12 units per side
Forehead lines 4-12 units
Frown 6-15 units
Smile lift 5-6 units
Chin crease 6 -8 units
Upper lip wrinkles 2 units
Masseter treatment 25 units per side
Axillary Hyperhidrosis 25-50 units per side
Bunny lines 4-6 units
Hands 30-50 units