What is all this hype about Botox?


When we reach our 30’s, the majority of us develop fine lines and tell tale signs of wrinkles on the upper half of the face, commonly known as “worry lines”, “frown lines” or “crow’s feet”. These fine lines, does not add any ‘older and wiser’ thoughts into us but show us the reality of getting older and give us a tired look to the face. Also, some individuals also get tension headaches from constant usage of the forehead muscles are prone to skin wrinkling as well. While, there is nothing wrong with this, we get bothered about our appearance and are constantly looking for options for wrinkle reduction, especially on the face.

It’ all over the place, everywhere you go and everywhere you look, it seems as though someone is getting BOTOX injections. In truth, it is by far the most popular minimally‐invasive cosmetic procedure in the world. BOTOX treatment stops muscle movement and thus cause a relaxation or ‘freezing’ effect and disappearance of the skin creases. In terms of efficiency and down time, it is superior to any form of surgical treatment for treating fine lines and wrinkles. So if you want to get rid of those annoying lines, opt for BOTOX.

Here is a scoop on BOTOX, presented by our plastic surgeon in Dubai.

What is this BOTOX?
BOTOX is medically known as Botulinum Toxin, which is produced by a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum. It has been used since 1920, and gained popularity somewhere around 1997. It has a wide variety of clinical uses for people who have problems with spastic muscle disorders, or an imbalance in eye muscles. It can also be used to treat excessive sweating of the palms or under arms.

How does BOTOX work?
Our experts will always tell you not to shy away or be put off by the toxin! BOTOX interferes with transmission of the nerve impulse to the muscles and freezes the muscle working for a period of time. In order for it to be effective, the BOTOX has to be injected into the correct muscle at the correct dosage. There are a number of facial muscles, and when these muscles contract often, facial wrinkles appear. Our plastic surgeon’s knowledge of the anatomy of these muscles will allow for safe placement of the toxin.

Are the injections painful?
Most patients can handle BOTOX injections, which are administered using a very fine gauge needle. However, our surgeon’s will use a local anesthetic cream to the areas, one hour prior to treatment, for patients who are more sensitive.

How long does BOTOX take to work?
Results start to appear in the first three to five days, after BOTOX injections, but may take up to a week to see any visible results. Finer wrinkles will disappear right away and more established ones will take some time. With regular usage, one sometimes loses the habit of frowning altogether! If the wrinkles are deep, ancillary treatment with fillers, may be necessary to achieve 100% result.

What are the side effects of BOTOX?
Our International Medical Clinic in Dubai, always informs patients about the side effects of BOTOX.If for some reason the toxin moves to a muscle which is not a target muscle, such as the muscle which opens the eye or the muscles that move the eyes, then side effects can occur. These sorts of side effects are often very rare, when performed by an experienced expert.