One of most popular aesthetic treatments on earth
Dr David Loh is the official BOTOX trainer for new doctors in Singapore.
BOTOX is the trade name of one of several brands currently available laboratory synthesized Botulinum toxin type A. BOTOX works by blocking the release of Acetylcholine (a chemical neurotransmitter) from nerve endings. The lack of which the target muscles would not contract in reaction to signals sent from our brain (often voluntarily, but without much conscious effort). The muscles into which BOTOX were injected become "relaxed", thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles. These wrinkles are termed dynamic wrinkles because they come on only with muscle action. Static wrinkles are those already etched onto the skin, even without any muscle action. Treatment options for static wrinkles include Fillers, Ulthera or Thermage, or any of these in combination with BOTOX.
BOTOX was primarily used to eliminate the wrinkles in the forehead, brow area and crow's feet around the eyes. Nowadays, the main objective - and we cannot emphasize more - when we use BOTOX and Fillers is to lessen shadows on one's face and maintain a smooth outline of the jaw and cheeks from all directions. And we prevent the appearance of these line and shadows in otherwise young and beautiful people.
It is now commonly believed that starting young with BOTOX can delay the onset of lines and prevent the sagging of the face.
The healing properties of BOTOX are well know. And I am not exaggerating here. Patients who've had BOTOX even just once will find that the lines that were etched into the skin over the years heal. They would almost always lament that they should have started earlier. In fact skin looks better that before.
Areas that are good to have preventive BOTOX are the crow's feet and glabellar areas. Start in your 20s or 30s and you will delay getting crow's feet or frown lines. This is the essence of Preventive BOTOX.
While there are doctors who will remove wrinkles, at David Loh Surgery, we use BOTOX to enhance one's features. Already beautiful patients will look even more beautiful in our hands. We can lift (yes, LIFT by relaxing muscles) various parts of the face and neck, lessen shadows along the jaw and chin as well as to reshape faces with BOTOX alone!
Another common approach is to use BOTOX in synergy with collagen building treatments like Ulthera, Fillers and Lasers. With BOTOX used concurrently, skin is able to lay down 2-3 times more collagen than if such procedures were done alone.
USEFUL INFORMATION ON BOTOX
BOTOX'S Onset and Duration of Action
Action of the drug begins in 2 days, peaking at 10 days and lasts for 4 months. We generally advise a follow-up at one week and four months, for top-ups.
FAQ1: Are the effects of BOTOX lasting?
In theory, it is not lasting. But in practice some effects linger.
It has been shown that with BOTOX done back to back, the target muscles "forget" to contract. Thereafter, much less BOTOX would be needed each time or the periods between follow-ups lengthen somewhat. Most people will need Botox 2-3 times a year.
FAQ2: Are the wrinkles going to come back with a vengeance once BOTOX has faded?
Absolutely NOT! They go back to the original state or perhaps slightly improved after 4 months when the BOTOX has worn off.
There is evidence to suggest long term improvements after even one BOTOX treatment. There are long term improvements to fine lines and skin texture that cannot be explained by the muscle blocking action alone. Perhaps without the background muscle tone on the face, some degree of healing takes place, such that fine lines disappear.
Precaution to Note
We have revised our list of precautions with years of experience behind us. Now, there is only one precaution. Wash your face gently on the day after BOTOX. Do not rub too hard. Use general common sense for everything else and nothing will go wrong.
With a lot of common sense, complication are very rare... the reported complication rates vary from 0.1 to 1% in published medical literature. Ptosis being the commonest, making up 50%-75% of serious complications. It usually recovers fully, but nobody is happy during the 3 month duration. The complications luckily do not last as long as the desired effects. No doctor in his/her right mind injects in the wrong position. It is always another event like a vigorous facial massage that causes the toxins to track to other muscles. Hence we are dealing with a small amount; possibly even just a few molecules. Which is why complications often last weeks only, instead of months.
BOTOX is unsuitable for those suffering from myasthenia gravis, certain motor neuron conditions and those who are allergic to Botulinum Toxins (obviously!) previously used.
While aspirins usage and mild hypertension or diabetes are not absolute contraindications, those with serious bleeding conditions should not have any kind of injections (BOTOX included) unless in life-saving circumstance.
For more information on our BOTOX treatments, call us (+65) 6733 5300