1) What is Botulinum Toxin A (BTA)?
Botulinum Toxin A (Botox® or Dysport®) is a pharmaceutical formulation that contains purified proteins to relax muscle. It is initially used to treat various forms of muscle spasm. In more recent years, minute doses are used for cosmetic removal of wrinkles. This is a FDA approved drug and has become one of the most widely done aesthetic treatments worldwide.
2) How is the procedure performed?
Botulinum Toxin A (BTA) is administered into the muscle or skin level via few tiny injections. The procedure takes only less than 10 minutes. In some cases, numbing cream may be applied prior to the procedure to make the treatment virtually painless.
3) What are the benefits of Botulinum Toxin A?
BTA is most widely used to reduce wrinkles. It can also relax the masseter (chewing) or lower jaw muscles to make the face appear to be slimmer or “V” shape. Some patients can choose the treatment at the calves in order to have a pair of slimmer lower legs. Other indications of BTA include treatment of bruxism (teeth grinding), dynamic eye bags, bunny lines, gummy smile, subtle shaping of nose and eyebrows.
Injection of BTA at underarms or palms can reduce the transmission of nerve impulse to the sweat glands, thus suppress sweat production. Studies also suggest that BTA in a diluted form can be administered at various points on the face, a technique called Meso-BTA, to reduce oil production of the face and achieve a more lifted looks.
4) When can I see results? How long does it last?
Results can be appreciated as early as 1 week. You will expect the results to last for 6 – 9 months after the first treatment. With repetitive treatments, the results is cumulative and last progressively longer.
5) Are there any side effects?
Minimal injection related side effects including small bruises and swelling. If bruises happen, it can be concealed with light makeup and typically resolved in less than 7 days. Some asymmetries can occur but it is totally correctable with additional sessions.