How is the procedure done?
The chemical, diluted into a small syringe, is injected using a very fine needle into the belly of the muscle.
You are asked to bring out your frown, raise your eyebrows or screw up your face, and then the lines may be marked on your skin.
The skin may be numbed with or icepacks. However the pain of the fine injection is very mild and most patients find it very tolerable.
Usually the effect of the injection takes about 4-5 days to become noticeable but can take up to two weeks for the full effect to be apparent.
What do I do after the treatment?
You can carry on your normal activities, but in order to prevent migration of the chemical which could cause an eyedroop, you will be given specific instructions about activities.
Are there any side effects?
- The toxin works only locally and does not spread to any other part of the body
- Is it possible that no beneficial effects occurr? : rarely, caused by patients having antibodies to the toxin
- A “Heaviness” in the forehead: may be noticed because suddenly the muscle has no tone. This may last hours or even for a few weeks
- Eyebrow drooping: occasionally, if the toxin is spread locally. This may take 2 to 3 weeks to recover. Eyedrops may be prescribed to correct ptosis (drooping eyelid)
How many treatments will I need?
This will depend upon your age, and the depth of your lines.
Injections are usually performed initially with a gap of about three months inbetween. However with subsequent injections, this gap may be lengthened.
Please call (02) 9322 0088 for more information.
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