As well as eyelid surgery and forehead lifting (brow lift), botulinum toxin can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the outside of the eyes and between the eyebrows, crows feet and wrinkles of the side of the nose sometimes associated with smiling by paralysing certain muscles temporarily. Botulinum toxin temporarily paralyses the muscle decreasing dynamic lines and used long term will minimise the production of stationary lines.
In addition Hyaluronic Acid Fillers can be used to enhance lips , Cheeks, reduce skin creases in the face.
What are the risks?
It is very rare to have an allergic reaction to botox. Occasionally bruising and swelling occur and this may take a week or two to subside.
Botulinum toxin may spread to involve muscles of the face that were not intended to be the target, which may result in drooping of the eyelid. This will generally subside within two to three weeks.
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What happens prior to the procedure?
Cold packs are used to numb the area prior to the injection and minimise superficial bruising following the procedure
What happens after the procedure?
Result times vary from patient to patient and can sometimes take up to five days for the paralysis of the muscles to occur and for wrinkles to diminish. Any bruising can be helped with cold packs for a period of 48 hours.
Occasional bruising, drooping of lids are temporary. Very occasionally (rare) fillers can go lumpy and lead to skin loss or loss of sight.