Botox is a form of injectable treatment derived from a purified protein source. Botox aims to smoothen outlines by preventing the muscles from contracting into a wrinkle. Botox can be used to treat Singaporean and all other skin types, for both men and women. Read further for more information about Botox.
A small dose of multiple Botox protein injections, tailored to Singaporean face types, are introduced with a tiny needle into the muscle, preventing nerve impulses that cause muscle contractions in the treated area. As the muscles relax, the skin becomes less wrinkled and the lines gradually soften, giving you smoothen skin surface. The procedure may take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, depending on the area(s) done.
When treated early, Botox helps to prevent wrinkles from becoming heavy creases on the skin. In individuals with prolonged signs of wrinkles, the lines can be deeper, and hence more difficult to treat. The use of fillers may be considered in conjunction. Botox can also reduce muscle bulk to give a sharper face, smaller arms or calves, and even reduce the activity of sweat glands to reduce sweaty palms or armpits. When handled by trained professionals, Botox can also help in skin lifting. As with any procedure or treatment, results can vary by the individual.
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Most side effects are temporary, mild, and usually associated with any injectable treatment. These include:
When we frown, blink or squint, we gather tissue into a fold, which can cause a crease in our skin. This can result in crow’s feet, smoker’s lines, forehead wrinkles, frown lines, pebbled chin, . Botox works by blocking nerve impulses to muscles, resulting in a relaxation in that area. Because muscles are used when twitching or frowning, injecting Botox into these specific muscles with minute doses of Anti Wrinkle Treatment can prevent this action. Once a muscle action has been relaxed, existing creases can be reduced and prevented.
Botox can also be used in brow elevation. This means the orbital areas can be slightly widened, for an open, refreshed appearance. Depending on the sensitivity of the skin, anaesthetic ointment may be used to numb the discomfort of a Botox treatment. The procedure can take up to 10 minutes or longer to perform, with its effects typically taking a few days or more to become apparent. 2 to 3 touch-up treatments a year can be done to maintain its results. As with any procedure or treatment, results can vary by the individual.
There are several ways to treat wrinkles, Botox being one way to relax the offending muscles (Anti Wrinkle Treatment), while fillers can work to fill in depressed lines. Fractional CO2 Laser can also be employed to stimulate the skin’s collagen production in the underlying dermis to even out scarred tissues. Areas where wrinkles can be treated – Forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, smile lines and lines under the eyes.
Having a broad face can be due to 3 factors: bone, fats and large chewing muscles. All these factors will inevitably play a part but the choice of treatment can depend on the invasiveness of the procedure and which factor plays a bigger part in causing the broad face. By reducing the activity of the chewing muscles with Botox, one can sharpen the angle at the back of the face.
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Drooping eyebrows can be in part, caused by the facial muscles pulling the area down, and skin becoming saggy with age and gravity. Treatments are thus based on targeting these causes.
Bulky calves can be a result of genetics or previous vigorous exercises leading to a buildup of muscles. Although fats may contribute to the size of the calves, muscles also make up a big bulk of the calf size. In order to assess which treatment is effective in reducing the size of the calves, it is important to determine what causes the bulk of the calf size.
Botox can also be used to reduce the bulk of calf muscles and change the shape of bow-legged calves by reducing the outer side of the calf muscles. It can also be used to reduce arm muscles for those who wish for a less muscular-looking arms to make the arms smaller and slimmer looking.
Sweat glands require a nerve impulse to activate. Without this stimulation, they will not secrete sweat. By injecting Botox into problem areas such as underarms, hands and feet, the related nerve impulse can be temporarily relaxed and prevented from reaching the sweat gland. This, in turn, stops sweat production in the treated area.
[10 Dec 2020] Written by Dr. Kelvin Chua
Dr Kelvin Chua started his surgical training in Australia, teaching for several years in the hospitals, and spent time in dermatology and surgical rotations.
Over the course of 15 years, Kelvin has since performed more than 1,000 successful cases of liposuction procedures and Botox and filler treatments under his belt. With a keen interest in non-invasive facial contouring and lifting techniques as well as liposuction for body contouring procedures, he also performs HIFU, Thermage FLX, Fractional CO2 laser, Radiofrequency, hair loss management & treatment, as well as moles and lumps removal.
With a strong passion for inspiring others through teaching, Kelvin is a motivational speaker at Republic Polytechnic, an appointed trainer for aesthetic institutions and cosmeceutical companies, and is a mentor to aspiring aesthetic doctors.
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