Botulinum Toxin is a natural purified protein that relaxes the wrinkle-causing muscles, creating a smoothened rejuvenated and more youthful appearance. It is a simple non-surgical procedure that smoothens deep, persistent facial lines which develop over time and make us look older. It is the only botulinum toxin in the world registered for the treatment of frown lines and approved by the US FDA. It is also now ratified by the Indian Drug Administration Authority. Botulinum Toxin was first used to treat a common eyelid neuro-muscular disorder called benign essential blepharospasm or BEB, a neuro-muscular disorder where the eyelids involuntarily close but both doctors & patients soon realized that facial wrinkles disappeared in areas where it was injected and so started the cosmetic journey of Botulinum Toxin. Today Botulinum Toxin is the most popular wrinkle reduction treatment not just in India but the world over. It is a very safe drug (in skilled, trained hands) which works locally and has no systemic side-effects. It is closest to the World Health Organization's descriptions of an IDEAL drug. At present, it is used for indications.
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What is Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum Toxin is the most popular wrinkle reduction treatment. It is a natural purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles, creating a smoothened rejuvenated and a more youthful appearance. It is a simple non-surgical procedure that smoothens deep persistent facial lines, which develop over time. It is the only botulinum toxin in the world registered for the treatment of frown lines and approved by the US FDA. It is also now ratified by the Indian Drug Administration Authority.
What is Botulinum Toxin® used for at Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital?
- Treatment of wrinkles & facial fine lines
- Getting an aesthetic eyebrow shape
- Facial Contouring (Masseter reduction to convert round/ square shaped faces to perfect oval ones)
- Treatment for excessive eyelid blinking (Benign Essential Blepharospasm)
- Treatment for facial twitching (Hemifacial Spasm)
- Treatment for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- Treatment for migraines (severe headaches)
Do patients experience any side effects?
The most common side effects are temporary which include soreness or mild bruising and can be easily covered with makeup. There could be mild tenderness in chewing hard foods in the first few weeks. Botulinum Toxin Type A is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding or for patients with a neuromuscular disease.
Up to what age can Botulinum Toxin® treatment be given?
Botulinum Toxin® Cosmetic can be used to treat all adult patients up to 65 years of age.
How long will the effects last?
As every person is different. It varies from patient to patient. Normally a single treatment of Botulinum Toxin® lasts for approximately 4-6 months after which there is a gradual fading of its effects. At this point it is advisable to return to the doctor to continue treatment.
In a traditional society like India, where looks were never accorded much importance,are there people bothered about getting cosmetic changes done?
India is changing rapidly. In fact, we do not see too many differences between patients in Mumbai and in the United States. Cosmesis, like we said, is NOT about looking beautiful, it is about looking presentable and the best that we can be. It is about improving and maintaining self-esteem and confidence.
Can Botulinum Toxin be administered by anyone?
Administering Botulinum Toxin requires precise understanding of facial musculature; not only for best results but also for preventing associated complications. It is best administered by a professional trained specifically to look at facial musculature dynamics.
Is there an advantage of having a trained Oculoplasty Surgeon administer Botulinum Toxin?
Most definitely because Botulinum Toxin is not the panacea of all wrinkles and ageing! And every wrinkle may not be susceptible to Botulinum Toxin. A trained Oculopasty Surgeon knows where Botulinum Toxin can be used also he does not have to rely solely on Botulinum Toxin for treatment, as there are other tools in the armamentarium. Other specialists may not have this advantage
Is Botulinum Toxin safe?
Botulinum Toxin has been used worldwide for more than 20 years with predictable results. Long-term studies have shown absolutely no side effects, making Botulinum Toxin one of the safest drugs known to mankind.
Botulinum Toxin® is not the panacea of all age related or neuro muscular cures. Please contact Our Oculoplasty Surgeon at our centre in Mumbai for information on whether you could benefit from Botulinum Toxin®. If for some reason you cannot benefit from Botulinum Toxin® you may still gain from a host of other treatments our Oculopasty Surgeon possesses.