Botulinum toxin is commonly used to soften certain facial wrinkles.
Doctor Laveaux, specialist in asethetic surgery and medicine in Cannes, perfectly masters the techniques of botox injections and will allow you to achieve the natural rejuvenating result you want.
Botulinum toxin (or botulinal toxin) is a protein that is naturally produced by bacteria (Clostridium Botulinum). Once extracted and purified, it is used in the production of medication (Botox® for neurological indications ; Vistabel®, Azzalure®, Azzulience®, ou Bocouture® for aesthetic indications).
This toxin, which blocks the transmission of a neurotransmitter (acetylcholine), is responsible for muscle paralysis. There is no concern for toxicity in the body if a specialist administers the recommended doses.
Originally used in ophthalmology to treat strabismus, in neurology to treat spasms of the face or in dermatology to treat hyperhidrosis, it has been used in aesthetics for about ten years.
The Botulinum toxin, which is very carefully injected into small muscles of the face to partially paralyse them
helps reduce the appearance of some wrinkles caused by muscle contractions.
The wrinkles typically treated by Botulinum toxin injections are frown lines (vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows), horizontal forehead lines and crow’s feet (wrinkles around the eyes). Treating turkey neck (strained vertical neck wrinkles) with Botox is also very effective.
More specific indications exist and are discussed on a case-by-case basis:
– fine lines of the lower eyelids,
– fine lines of the lips,
– folds on the side of the nose (bunny-lines),
– correcting down turned mouth,
– gummy smile correction,
– raising the tip of the nose,
– opening of the eyelid,
– raising or lowering of the eyebrow,
– reducing volume of the masseter muscles to refine the lower face,…
The injections are advised against in case of a skin infection at the injection site, neuromuscular diseases such as myasthenia, hypersensitivity to one of the components (Botulinum toxin A, serum albumin) aminoglycoside therapy (antibiotics like Amiklin, Gentalline), breastfeeding or pregnancy.
The cost of injections depends on the amount of product required. In most cases, one capsule is enough to treat all the desired areas. Two doses are sometimes required for the more complex treatments or for male patients.
Aesthetic injections of Botulinum toxin take place in Doctor Laveaux’s office.
The effect lasts from 4 to 6 months on average. Injections need to be renewed to maintain the desired effect. If the treatment is not continued, the face returns exactly to the way it was prior to the procedure, without any after effects.
Some mild side effects are possible, including a headache which should disappear within a few days, small bruises or redness at the injection site which are easily camouflaged by make-up and that are spontaneously reabsorbed within a few days.
Top-up treatments are sometimes necessary to achieve the desired result. They are carried out 2 weeks after the initial procedure.
In all cases, the result is very satisfactory and natural. Some facial expressions can be diminished but not completely suppressed (no frozen face effect).