BTX or neurotoxins are produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. It is known by several brand names in the market. Due to google search restrictions, we are limited to using the word BTX. Dr Edwin prefers to use the original BTX from Allergan starting with B.
It is a popular cosmetic procedure done by medical professionals to improve wrinkles and treat certain muscular conditions.
BTX works by relaxing muscles and preventing strong muscle contractions at areas such as the forehead, corners of the eyes, frown lines etc.
Lines and wrinkles develop because of repeated creasing of the skin due to muscle contraction when making facial expressions.
For example, frequent raising of eyebrows can lead to horizontal forehead wrinkles and lines.
By relaxing the muscle and reducing muscle contractions, BTX is able to improve facial expression lines and wrinkles.
BTX is injected into the muscle using extremely tiny needles. The experience is akin to small ant bites.
Prior to treatment, Dr Edwin will discuss with you the dosage and points of injection for optimal results. Unless requested, Dr Edwin's preference is to deliver natural-looking BTX results instead of the "frozen" or "stiff" look.
Cold ice will be applied to the skin just before injection to minimise discomfort and reduce risk of bruising.
Whilst the thought of injections may be scary for first-timers of BTX, good hands and proper injection technique will significantly reduce pain and discomfort.
After treatment, small "bumps" containing BTX may be noticed at the injection sites. These "bumps" will disappear in 2 to 4 hours and patients are advised not to apply pressure to these bumps as it will cause BTX to diffuse from the intended site of injection.
Some patients may experience small bruises, especially when injecting around delicate areas such as the eye. It is recommended to apply our Intensive Recovery Cream post-procedure and most bruises will subside after 5 to 7 days.
Improvement of wrinkles & fine lines will appear after 3 to 10 days. Results last between 4 to 6 months.
Every clinic offers different BTX neurotoxin treatment options for the improvement of wrinkles. No one clinic is same as the other. If you want to make sure that BTX neurotoxin treatments are performed safely and effectively, make sure that the clinic is experienced in offering such BTX neurotoxin injections. The clinic should also offer information on the various types of neurotoxins before proceeding.