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Botox for lines and facial twitches

 

Botox is well-known for freezing facial muscles to soften lines, such as frown lines and crow's feet. It can also help to correct facial symmetry and reshape features without surgery in the forehead, around the eyes and mouth and in the neck. For example, Botox can help to raise an eyebrow or prevent your mouth turning down at the corners by paralysing the muscles that drag features down.

 

It is often used in conjunction with an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), chemical peel or fillers. It can even be used to combat excess sweating.

 

Before it was adopted for aesthetic procedures, Botox had been used for many years to treat tics and other medical disorders. As well as using Botox in cosmetic procedures, Raman Malhotra runs a botulinim toxin clinic (Facial Dystonia Clinic) at the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust in East Grinstead, where he treats patients with:

  • Involuntary blinking of the eye (blepharospasm), repetitive twitching of the muscles on one side of the face (hemifacial spasm) and related facial spasms (facial dystonias).
  • Aberrant facial nerve regeneration.
  • Corneal exposure (therapeutic ptosis).
  • Uncontrolled eye movements (opsoclonus).

 

Procedure

 

Botox is injected into a muscle with a fine needle, causing a temporary paralysis that allows lines to soften. Effects are usually seen between three and five days and last for approximately six months. Repeated injections lead to a gradual weakening of the muscles.

 

A local anaesthetic cream can be applied 45 minutes before treatment to reduce any pain from the injections, although this is usually unnecessary. Cooling with ice packs helps reduce any discomfort.



facial lines pre botox treatment

Facial lines pre-Botox


facial lines 6 weeks after botox treatment

Facial lines six weeks after Botox injections


Applying botox for eyelid

Applying Botox for the eyelid


applying botox between the eyebrows

Applying Botox between the eyebrows (the glabella)

 

What to expect

 

  • Side effects are uncommon — you may feel a mild burning sensation with the injection or experience some tingling for up to two or three days after treatment.
  • Minimal bruising may occur.
  • There may be some mild redness of the skin — this usually lasts only one or two hours.
  • Rarely, there may be weakness of nearby muscles if Botox spreads unexpectedly.
  • If treatment is being given for medical reasons to the deep areas of the eyelid, there may be temporary double-vision if the Botox spreads unexpectedly.

 

All procedures begin with a consultation. For full information about what to do before and after surgery, see Patient information.




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