FEEL BEAU­TI­FUL THIS FES­TIVE SEA­SON

The doc­tors from the new Boris Va­lerie Plas­tic Surgery tell you five things you must know about bo­tulinum toxin in­jec­tions, which are touted as the an­swer to more youth­ful-look­ing skin.

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If you haven’t been keep­ing up with your 2018 res­o­lu­tions to have a con­sis­tent skin­care rou­tine, do weekly mask­ing and go for monthly fa­cials, but still want to look great for the fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions, what you need is a beauty quick fix. For that, you may want to con­sider bo­tulinum toxin in­jec­tions.

Well known by one of its trade names, Bo­tox, bo­tulinum toxin is a neu­ro­toxin pro­duced by a bac­terium. In­jected into the mus­cles in minute doses, it weak­ens the sig­nals sent from the nerves to the mus­cles of the tar­geted area. The re­sult: Wrin­kles re­lax and soften.

Ac­cord­ing to the doc­tors at the lux­u­ri­ous new Boris Va­lerie Plas­tic Surgery (which oc­cu­pies a space of more than 5,000 sq ft at Tripleone Som­er­set), the pro­ce­dure has been around for decades, but there’s still a lot of con­fu­sion about what bo­tulinum toxin in­jec­tions can – or can’t – do for your face. Here, they de­bunk some com­mon myths:

MYTH #1: THE IN­JEC­TIONS WILL MAKE YOUR FACE AP­PEAR FROZEN

When in­jected in ap­pro­pri­ate amounts into strate­gic ar­eas of the face, bo­tulinum toxin sim­ply re­duces mus­cle ac­tiv­ity. It does not com­pletely elim­i­nate it. How­ever, if too much of the neu­ro­toxin is in­jected into a spe­cific area, it will stop mus­cle ac­tiv­ity, which can re­sult in the face look­ing stiff and un­nat­u­ral. That’s why it’s im­por­tant to find ex­pe­ri­enced doc­tors who can help you to main­tain a nat­u­ral look while re­duc­ing the ap­pear­ance of wrin­kles.

MYTH #2: THE RE­SULTS ARE PER­MA­NENT

Bo­tulinum toxin in­jec­tions are not per­ma­nent at all. The re­sults usu­ally last be­tween four and six months.

MYTH #3: YOU WILL LOOK OLDER IF YOU STOP THE TREAT­MENTS

Stop­ping treat­ments will not worsen wrin­kle for­ma­tion. If you stop do­ing bo­tulinum toxin in­jec­tions, the wrin­kles will merely grad­u­ally re­turn to how they were be­fore.

The ef­fect of the bo­tulinum toxin treat­ments will slowly wear off, and you will start to see wrin­kles as­so­ci­ated with nor­mal fa­cial move­ments. The clinic says that when treat­ments are done at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals, they can help to min­imise vis­i­ble signs of age­ing, such as wrin­kle for­ma­tion.

MYTH #4: IT’S PAINFUL

The dis­com­fort is min­i­mal. Bo­tulinum toxin treat­ments are of­ten re­ferred to as “lunchtime pro­ce­dures” as they are quick, and are de­scribed by some pa­tients as vir­tu­ally pain­less. The nee­dles used are very fine – you would only feel a slight sting dur­ing the in­jec­tion. Pa­tients with a low pain thresh­old can ask to have numb­ing cream ap­plied be­fore the treat­ment.

MYTH #5: BO­TULINUM TOXIN CAN ERASE ALL WRIN­KLES

It can­not. The rea­son is that there are two types of wrin­kles. Static wrin­kles are caused by skin age­ing and are the lines you can see even when you keep your face ex­pres­sion­less. Dy­namic wrin­kles de­velop from mus­cle move­ments as a re­sult of fa­cial ex­pres­sions like frown­ing or smil­ing.

Bo­tulinum toxin treats dy­namic wrin­kles only, by re­lax­ing the mus­cles in­volved in those spe­cific fa­cial ex­pres­sions. This helps to re­duce the depth and look of those wrin­kles. The pro­ce­dure does not work for static wrin­kles, which re­quire a com­bi­na­tion of pro­ce­dures such as fillers and skintight­en­ing treat­ments.

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