Botulinum Toxin Injections (BOTOX®)
Hyperactivity of the facial expression muscles often results in the development of lines and wrinkles around the face and causes us to look older than we feel. Anti-wrinkle injections have been safely and effectively used for the treatment of a variety of functional medical disorders since the 1980s. Anti-wrinkle treatment has been formally approved for cosmetic use to reduce these lines and exaggerated facial expression. The injections temporarily inactivates the underlying muscles responsible for for wrinkling, giving the face a more relaxed and pleasant appearance. As this lines and wrinkles are developed over a number of years during wich an individual has performed thousands of repetitive facial expressions. These injections are not just smoothing this lines they are generally felt to serve as a form of preventive maintanace.
Dr Miodrag Mitic is a cosmetic and reconstructive dental surgeon and carries out a full spectrum Of treatments from aesthetic dentistry to whole facial rejuvenation. Dr Mitic studied dentistry in Germany and successfully completed advanced postgraduate courses at the Professor Bob Khana institute in London. He is also holding national and international degrees in Implantologie and Prosthetics and he is a member of the ADI, ITI and BDA. His main objective is to create a youthful and more relaxed appearance and NOT a "frozen" or "expressionless" look.
|Forehead and glabella||Excessive frowning, squinting and concentrating can result in frown lines and forehead lines sometimes giving an angry appearance. Treatment can smooth away the lines and still leave some expression, no frozen look is created.|
|Brow lift||Brow lifts can be done non surgically resulting in arched eye brows and a much fresher look.|
|Eyes||The eyes are a the windows of our soul and are the first to give away our age. As we age the brows drop and lines start to from around the eyes also known as crows feet. With botox these lines can be softened or even completely removed. If the lines are very deep then the treatment might be combined with dermal fillers to give an even smoother appearance.|
|Mouth||Wrinkles above and around the lips can appear over time due to ordinary lip muscle movement. However factors like sunlight, smoking and stress can also accelerate this process. These lines best known as smoker lines can be softened and result in a more youthful appearance of the lips.|
|Vertical or horizontal lines on the neck/platysma||You all know the saying "you look as young as you feel", but the neck and the hands are giving the age away. The neck cords wich run vertically down the neck and can be relaxed with a few injections using a very small amount of product. This stops them from contracting and creating folds in the neck. Combining treatment in this area with the face can give an even, superior result.|
|Excessive Sweating (Armpits)||Anti-wrinkle injection treatment helps control the symptoms of severe underarm sweating, when topical medicines do not work well enough, by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands donâ€™t receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops. The injections are expected to temporarily stop the production of excessive sweat in the treated areas only. Sweat continues to be produced elsewhere. Where does the sweat go? Your sweat doesn't go anywhere or get backed up because the sweat simply is not produced in the areas treated. Remember, the rest of your body is free to produce moisture normally.|
|Bruxism/Jaw Muscle Reduction||Bruxism represents involuntary movements of the jaw muscles, resulting in tooth grinding and clenching. Generally it occurs during sleep, but occasionally can be present during the day, so called awake bruxism. Bruxism is a common condition, affecting approximately 8% of all people. It is not known what causes bruxism but it may result in tooth damage, jaw pain, headaches, poor quality sleep and may bother your partner's sleep at night due to the tooth grinding noise. Inkjections are applied into the jaw which weakens the muscles. It can cause the eventual atrophy (loss of muscle size) in those muscles. Patients report great pain relief, less jaw soreness, tension and headaches. They are also seeing a dramatic change in the way that their face looks. The square, severe appearance of their lower face softens into a more normal and aesthetically pleasing jaw line.|
Most common Questions
What are the injections used for?
It is used for treating frown lines, forehead furrows, eye lines (crowâ€™s feet), lip (smoker) lines, down-turned mouths and dimple chins. It is also used for preventing excessive perspiration in underarms and hands.
Is it safe?
Yes, it has been approved by the FDA for cosmetic use and has been used for over 30 years without any known long-term problems.
How does it work?
The injection blocks the nerve transmission to the muscles under the skin. Facial lines formed by the dynamic action of underlying muscles will then diminish or disappear.
Who is suitable for the injections?
It is suitable for most people apart from those who are pregnant or breast feeding.
Are the injections painful?
Not really, most people only experience a mild temporary discomfort.
How will I look after the treatment?
There is a slight redness immediately after, which settles within a few hours. Application of ice helps and it is easily covered with makeup.
What can and can't I do after the treatment?
Within 4 hours of the treatment people are advised not to do vigorous exercise, drink excessive alcohol or lie down flat. Otherwise life can carry on as normal.
When will I notice a difference?
It starts to work in about 3-5 days. The greatest effect is seen after about 1-2 weeks.
How long will it last?
3-6 months depending on each individualâ€™s own response. Repeat treatments have been shown to last longer.
Does it leave my face numb?
No. There is no sensation change to your skin.
What are the side-effects?
It is a very safe treatment. However, side-effects can occur but are rare. They can include slight bruising at the injection site, slight drooping of the eyelid which would only last for a week or so, and headaches.
Will it 'freeze my face' and leave me expressionless?
No, definitely not. Our training enables us to minimize any possible loss of facial expression by injecting specific muscles responsible for the wrinkles.