Wrinkles are part of the natural ageing process; the extent to which and how quickly they form varies from person to person. Wrinkles can also form at an early age, the reasons for this are usually a genetic predisposition, an unhealthy lifestyle, for example an imbalanced diet or excessive sunbathing.
Although everyone forms wrinkles when they get older, these are often considered unsightly. In addition to anti-wrinkle creams for external application, Botox treatment is a highly effective and popular way to temporarily smooth out wrinkles.
How do wrinkles form?
Our skin has a natural elasticity that reduces over time. The reason for this is that the body produces less hyaluronic acid and collagen. The skin is not sufficiently moisturised, the connective tissue begins to droop and expression lines do not bounce back. This results in permanent “worry lines”, “laughing lines” or “frown lines“.
How are wrinkles treated with botulinum?
Botulinum toxin, better known as Botox®, is an active agent with muscle-relaxing effects that has been successfully used in medicine and aesthetics for years. To reduce wrinkle in the face (particularly in the upper third of the face), we inject a preparation that contains botulinum toxin type A directly into the area of tissue to be treated. Here, botulinum inhibits the rate of nerve signalling to the muscles, the skin above becomes smoother and wrinkles are reduced.
The entire procedure only takes around 10-20 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis. You are able to return to work straight after, slight temporary redness or swelling may appear around the injection sites. Depending on the desired result and the area of application, a combination of Botox® and fillers (e.g. hyaluronic acid) is also recommended.
How long does the effect of Botox® last?
How long the effect of the preparation lasts depends on the patient and the body’s constitution. However, you can expect the effect to last for around 3-9 months; in some patients, the result can last for up to 12 months. The treatment can easily be repeated after this time.
More information about the active agent botulinum and its effects, including in the medical field (Botox® for sweating, Botox for bruxism), can be found on the following pages of our website or during a personal consultation.