Botox for Wrinkles
Stress, squinting in the sunlight and deep concentration can cause lines and wrinkles on your face. Over time these facial expressions leave their marks making you look older, tired or stressed. Botox®, a simple, non-surgical procedure that can dramatically reduce even your toughest wrinkles within days, has provided many of Chiva-Som’s guests with new, life-enhancing confidence.
Botox® is a natural, purified protein that helps to relax wrinkle-causing muscles to create a smooth, rejuvenated and more youthful appearance. A 10-minute treatment relaxes the muscles that cause lines to form and keeps them relaxed for up to 4 months. Once the muscles are relaxed, you cannot contract them, so the lines gradually smooth out from disuse, and new creases are prevented from forming.
A tiny amount of Botox® is placed in selected facial muscles through a very fine needle. No anaesthetic is required, although our doctor may use cold packs or ice before injecting. Many guests describe minimal discomfort as “like an ant bite”. This will not “freeze” your facial expressions, it merely softens them, and because it works on specific areas, other muscles such as those used to raise the eyebrows are not affected, so a natural expression is maintained.
Where can it be used??
Botox® is widely used on frown lines, forehead wrinkles, “crow’s feet” and smile lines around the eyes. It can also lift eyebrows and open the eye for a more youthful look. Doctors report good results in nasolabial folds between the nose and mouth, perioral line “smoker lip”, neck lines and chin dimples or creases. Botox® can be used in combination with collagen stimulation or laser resurfacing.
What can I expect after the treatment?
Most people resume normal activities immediately. After treatment, it takes 2 to 3 days for Botox® to begin taking effect. After 7 days you see the full effect, which wears off gradually over 4 months depending on the individual. To maintain the effect requires injections 2 to 3 times a year. Studies have shown that repeated Botox® treatments can have longer effects, so less frequent treatments may be needed to maintain results.
Will my lines worsen if I stop treatment?
No, they will revert to their original appearance in 6 to 12 months.
Are there any side effects?
There are no reported permanent side effects. Issues such as soreness, mild bruising or headache are temporary and localised to the area of injection. You may develop a “heavy eyelid” lasting 1 to 4 weeks, which our doctor may be able to treat.
Is it safe?
Botox® is the only botulinum toxin in the world registered for the treatment of frown lines and approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. It has been widely tested with 12 years of safe and effective use, and it was the number one cosmetic procedure in 2001, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, with 1.6 million procedures.