How does the treatment work?
Botulinum toxin type A is a toxin from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. It causes a decrease in muscle contraction by blocking the neuromuscular junction (muscle relaxant action). In aesthetics, this toxin is used at a very low dose. It has the power to reduce horizontal and vertical wrinkles caused by the contraction of these muscles. The result is a smoothing of the skin contours and an immediate rejuvenation of the face.
The treatment can be combined with hyaluronic acid injections when the wrinkles are very deep.
Botulinum toxin can also be used for younger patients wishing to prevent skin aging.
What part of the body can be treated?
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Crow’s feet wrinkles
- Horizontal forehead wrinkles
- Other uses of botulinum toxin :
- Treatment of migraines
- Treatment of muscle spasms
- Treatment of hypersudation
- Treatment of bruxism responsible for dental damage
What results can be expected after a session?
It takes 3 to 5 days for the product to act. The first results are optimal 10 days after the session. The skin is smooth and wrinkles are reduced.
The treatment begins to fade after four to six months. As soon as the effect of the injection is less visible, the botulinum toxin treatment can be repeated.
What happens during the treatment?
After removing makeup and disinfecting the face, the doctor injects the botulinum toxin into the muscle with a fine needle. The injection acts by blocking the transmission at the nerve ending that is responsible for the muscle contraction.
The botulinum toxin injection is performed in our clinic in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Does it hurt?
The treatment is not painful and does not require any anesthesia.
What are the after effects of the treatment?
After the injection, sports, sun exposure, saunas and steam rooms should be avoided for 24 hours.
Redness and slight inflammation may appear after the injections, but disappear within 48 hours. Bruises disappear within 3-6 days after the injection and can be covered by a foundation the day after the treatment.
Please note that our Lausanne-based cosmetic surgery center also performs other injection-based treatments.
Are there any contraindications?
Botulinum toxin is not recommended for pregnant women. Breastfeeding is not a contraindication.
FAQ Botulinum Toxin
However, Botox is also used for medical purposes for problems such as migraines, cervical dystonia and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
Anti-wrinkle injections are used on dynamic lines, so you can have Botox for forehead lines, Botox for frown lines, and Botox for crow’s feet, upper lip wrinkles and nose wrinkles called bunny lines. It is effective in significantly reducing fine lines and wrinkles in these areas. For static lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers are used instead. But it is not only used for cosmetic reasons. It is also used in many medical cases! There is Botox for migraine, Botox for underarms (i.e. Botox for sweating), Botox for masseters in case of teeth grinding and many more.
Anti-wrinkle injections such as Botox are FDA approved, which means that a lot of research has been done on them to ensure their safety of use. However, after anti-wrinkle treatment, it is common to notice pinprick-sized redness within hours of the injection. If you notice prolonged bruising, irritation or infection around the area, sagging or difficulty swallowing, call your practitioner immediately so that he or she can provide you with the advice and Botox post-treatment care you need. Be sure to avoid exercise, alcohol, aspirin and ibuprofen for the next 24 hours, and do not rub the treated area, as this can cause the toxin to move.
Botox injections are relatively quick and simple, taking only about 15 minutes. However, before your treatment, you should expect a thorough and meticulous medical consultation with your practitioner.
The time it takes for the effects of Botox to begin to show varies from person to person, but it generally takes between 3 to 5 days for the result to begin to be visible and 14 days before they set. When this happens, you will begin to see fine lines and wrinkles diminish.
There is no downtime with Botox, which means you can go about your day as if nothing happened. However, because you may experience redness in the hours following treatment, you should not do it right before a big event.
Anti-wrinkle injections such as Botox are prescription medications and should only be performed by medically qualified practitioners such as Dr. Alexandra Miles or Dr. Sophie Nordback, as they require specialized skills and experience. You should also have a face-to-face consultation with the prescriber before your treatment. When performed by an expert, Botox injections are safe and effective, but in the wrong hands, they can be very dangerous.
Botox and fillers can both be used to rejuvenate the skin, but they actually work in different ways. Botox is a prescription medication that relaxes muscles, reducing movement, which minimizes dynamic wrinkles, such as frown lines and frown lines. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are also injectable treatments, but they work by plumping up the lines to soften them. Dermal fillers are also used to enhance features such as the nose, jawline and lips.
One of the biggest concerns people have about Botox is that they think it will give them a “frozen” look or a “Botox face”, preventing them from making facial expressions as usual. This depends on the amount used. If a practitioner uses too much, it can happen. However, when performed by an experienced and medically qualified practitioner, the treatment should look natural, while allowing you to express your emotions.
The effects of Botox vary from person to person, as people metabolize it at different rates. However, on average, the anti-wrinkle injection lasts between 4 and 6 months, after which you will begin to see the fine lines and wrinkles reappear.
Botox is not approved for pregnant women. This is because not enough is known about the impact of the toxin on babies and their health. No ethical medical practitioner will perform anti-wrinkle treatment on a pregnant woman.
You will be asked to fill out a detailed health questionnaire prior to your Botox appointment to assess whether the treatment is right for you. There may be other treatment options available to you. You must tell Dr. Miles or Dr. Nordback if you have a muscle disease such as Bell’s palsy or any other nervous system or blood disorder. You should also inform them of any medications you are taking, as they may interfere with the effectiveness of Botox, and vice versa. This is especially important if you are taking medications that affect blood clotting.
Small area (frown lines or crow’s feet) 300CHF
Baby Botox (40UI frown lines, forehead & crow’s feet) 590CHF
Full Botox (50UI frown lines, forehead & crow’s feet) 650CHF