What are neurotoxins?
Neurotoxins, or “neuromodulators” are toxins that block nerve signals to the muscles, relaxing these muscles. These are commonly used in aesthetic medicine to reduce laugh lines, wrinkles and give the face a slimmer, V-shaped look. All the neurotoxins used at 1Aesthetics are FDA- and HSA-approved and have benefited many patients in Singapore.
What are some of the conditions that neurotoxin injections can target?
- Frown lines
- Forehead lines
- Overly large jaw or masseter muscles
- Crow’s feet
- Droopy eyebrows
- Laugh lines
These conditions are mainly caused through repeated muscle contractions throughout the years – simple facial contractions like squinting, smiling, frowning and so on. Through a neurotoxin injection, the doctor can reduce muscle activity and prevent these conditions from developing or worsening.
What benefits do neurotoxin injections have?
Neurotoxin injections, when administered by a skilled doctor, have many distinct benefits:
- Smoothening out wrinkles and creases on the face
- Preventing the development of wrinkles around the eyes and jaw
- Treating forehead lines
- Improving the glabellar (frown) lines
- Correcting an overly squarish jaw to give it a V-shaped look
- Preventing a loss of face volume (e.g. in the cheekbones, forehead) or drooping (e.g. saggy eyelids) in the long term
- Relieving tension headaches or pain from bruxism (jaw grinding)
Am I a suitable candidate for neurotoxin injections?
So long you have a clean bill of health, you are likely to be a good candidate for neurotoxin injections in Singapore. It is often thought that neurotoxin injections are only for the older demographics; this is not true and many young adults get neurotoxin injections from an early age. For older folk, those who have conditions like wrinkling and creases in either their upper or lower face will also be good candidates for neurotoxin injections.
If you are pregnant or are currently breastfeeding, it is highly advised that you do not go for a neurotoxin injection procedure until you are done. Some patients may also be allergic to the components of a neurotoxin injection and these procedures could be potentially dangerous to them.
What is the procedure of getting a neurotoxin injection like?
The doctor will identify target areas of your face for the various neurotoxin injection points. These points will be determined by your doctor beforehand in order to achieve the desired results. Using a needle, controlled amounts of the neurotoxin will be injected into the facial muscles that are causing the issues on your face.
Depending on the patient, either a numbing cream or local anaesthetic will be used prior to the treatment in order to manage any discomfort. While there might be some mild pain during the injections, this procedure is generally well tolerated by patients.
The entire procedure will take anywhere between 20-40 minutes, depending on the number of injection points. For those patients with fewer injection points, an entire session of neurotoxin injections can be as quick as 10 minutes!
Are there any side effects? What is the downtime like?
There aren’t any major side effects related to neurotoxin injections. The neurotoxins used for injections at 1aesthetics are all FDA/HSA approved and have a strong safety track record. In rare cases, there might be some mild side effects that include:
- Discoloration around the injection points
- Inflammation around the injection points
- Flu-like symptoms
There is no downtime associated to neurotoxin injections and patients can resume daily activities immediately after the treatment. There might be some light bruising or swelling around the target treatment areas, but these will heal naturally over the next few days.
Frequently Asked Questions
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One important thing of note is that such injections are not permanent. The effects of the injection will last between 3-6 months. In order to maintain good results from neurotoxin injections, you should revisit your doctor periodically to get touch up treatments done.
It is a myth that modern neurotoxin injections will leave you with a frozen face which is unable to smile, frown or give any dynamic expressions. The improvements in medical science as well as the technique of the doctor will ensure that the results are natural and will have no long term permanent effects on your ability to make facial expressions. In fact, long term head to head studies have shown beneficial effects for neurotoxins in preserving a naturally youthful look.
Usually, you will start to see results after 1 successful procedure. You are advised to come back every 6 months for a follow up session in order to ensure that optimal results are maintained.