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Botulinum Toxin is a powerful neurotoxin which causes temporary muscle relaxation when injected into a muscle. It is used cosmetically to relax muscles of facial expression, thereby softening overlying expression lines or wrinkles. It is FDA approved for the treatment of frown lines, crow’s feet and horizontal forehead lines as it is a safe, effective, fast and relatively painless treatment
This treatment will benefit any patient who is noticing that their expression lines are present at rest, making them look cross or stressed or those who report a heavy brow. It can also successfully be used to minimise lines above the lip; counter the down turning of the mouth; create the appearance of fuller and more defined lips; minimise the appearance of large pores; or to significantly prevent underarm sweating.
The average age of presentation is 30 years of age, for both women and men.
At the Dr. Mulrooney Clinic, it is a two-step treatment - we treat the patient on day 1 followed by a ‘top-up’ treatment 14 days later. It takes approx. 30 mins. If the patient is nervous or afraid of needles we can apply cream for 30 minutes before injections to make the treatments as comfortable as possible.
Afterwards, there is mild redness and swelling at the site of injections which settles after a half an hour so there is no real downtime and the patient can resume normal daily activities. It is advisable not to do any strenuous exercise for the rest of that day and to avoid alcohol and flying for a minimum of 24 hours.
We have a light-handed approach to treatment, always erring on the side of caution. As there is no antidote to botulinum toxin, therefore less is more.
The effects last approximately 3-4 months and they are cumulative, that is, treatment on treatment the results are better and better.
Botulinum Toxin works well with filler and lasers for optimal facial rejuvenation. It is contraindicated on pregnancy and breast feeding.