Botulinum Toxin, or more commonly known as Botox, is a purified protein produced by a species of bacterium, Clostridium. Botox is a highly common non-surgical cosmetic procedure used to temporarily paralyze muscle and reduce the appearance of fine lines and facial wrinkles.
This injectable treatment was initially approved for medical conditions such as eye muscle problems in the 1980s. It was approved in 2002 as a cosmetic treatment for frown lines and wrinkles around the corners of the eyes.
Treatment for wrinkles
Wrinkles are a natural part of the ageing process, as the skin loses precious collagen. It is can also be caused by repetitive muscle movement over a period of time. Facial expressions like surprised, happy or angry cause creasing of the skin across various regions of the face. Over the years, these creases and lines will linger longer and become more pronounced.
Botox injections can visibility soften and smoothen facial wrinkle lines, by reducing the muscle action. This also helps to prevent further wrinkle formation.
Other applications of Botox
In addition to reducing fine lines and wrinkles, Botox can also be used to effectively treat other skin concerns and conditions such as:
It is a condition where there is involuntary excessive grinding of teeth or jaw clenching while asleep. A tell-tale symptom is often a dull, constant headache or sore jaw once you wake up. Individuals can also develop dental problems in the long run. A simple injection of Botox can be administered to the temporal and masseter muscles, which are used for chewing, to help relieve the symptoms of Bruxism.
• Excessive sweating
Sweating plays a part in the body’s temperature control, where thermoregulation allows the body to maintain its core internal temperature. Unfortunately, hyperhidrosis can occur where one faces excessive sweating, beyond what is necessary to cool the body.
People who suffer from the condition tend to sweat uncontrollably, but there are also similar conditions like sweaty palms and excessive sweaty armpits. They may be affected psychologically, feeling embarrassed or shy away from socialising. The conditions are a result of hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system.
Botox can treat hyperhidrosis by blocking the secretion of a neurotransmitter that activates the sweat glands. This can help to significantly reduce sweating.
• Oil and pore reduction
Sebaceous glands present in our skin pores are responsible for producing sebum to keep our skin lubricated. However, when there is excessive excretion of the amount of sebum required, this makes the skin oily and acne prone. Cystic acne can leave the skin with scarring, skin pigmentation, and enlarged pores.
Micro-injections of Botox can constrict enlarged pores and shrink down their appearance. As such, the surrounding muscles of the pores are restricted and reduce the hyperactivity of the sebaceous glands to reduce excessive oil production. This helps to minimize pores and likelihood of clogged pores where a pimple can easily develop. Additionally, the pores constriction gives a lifting and tightening effect, resulting in a more radiant complexion.
Used in conjunction with lasers or chemical peels, it is an effective option as an acne scar treatment in Singapore.
Botox treatment is available in our clinic. If you wish to seek more details on our wrinkle treatments and other treatments available, contact our concierge at +65 62218221 or +65 84488636.