Dentist Maeve Barry
What is Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum Toxin (commonly referred to as the brand name ‘Botox’) is a purified bacterial toxin used worldwide for the reduction of facial wrinkles. It works by paralyzing facial muscles temporarily, this improves the appearance of wrinkles.
What wrinkles does it remove?
These anti-wrinkle infections remove three main categories of wrinkles.
Frown Lines: these are the vertical lines between your eyebrows. This is the most requested area. People often feel these lingering lines give their face an unintentional stern expression. Relaxing these muscles will give the face a fresher, younger more relaxed look. It will not change your appearance, rather a younger version of you.
Horizontal forehead lines: These lines appear during raising of the brows. Some people have quite an animated face during speaking, these lines may appear as early as your late 20’s. These lines are easily treated using with anti-wrinkle injections. Again, your face will not be altered in any way by treating these line, you will just look more youthful with a smoother complexion.
Crows feet: Those wrinkles around the eye area that occur during smiling. I like to treat these lines by reducing these wrinkles, but by maintaining a genuine smile by not overdoing this particular area.
How long does it last?
The treatment will last between 3-9 months. This is a broad answer. The first time you have had anti-wrinkle injections you will find that is wears off most quickly, on average in the region of 4-6 months. However, there is an accumulative effect. After a few treatments, you will find your treatment lasting longer. In general, people may find the crows feet area wearing off most quickly. This is due to the fact that this muscle is the thinnest and the injections disperse most quickly in this area.
Am I suitable?
If the wrinkles you wish to remove are in one of the above catagories, yes. Certain types of wrinkles cannot be treated with botulinum toxin. Wrinkles around the mouth/lip area are treated by dermal fillers, which is a different treatment. It cannot be used to enlarge lips. Also injections are not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers.