Plastic Surgeons A-Z

What is it?

Botulism toxin, or anti wrinkle injections work to reduce the appearance and formation of lines and wrinkles by relaxing the muscle.


Who is it for?

For those who have dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles caused by movement of the muscle) and those who wish to prevent new wrinkles from forming.

Common treatment areas are:

  • Glabella: Also referred to as your 11’s, the glabella is the region between the eyebrows

  • Forehead

  • Brow lift

  • Crows feet (Outer corner of the eyes) 

  • Bunny lines; lines on the nose which can appear from scrunching of the nose muscle

  • Upper lip

  • Vertical lip lines

  • Gummy smile

  • Sides of mid chin (down turned mouth)

  • Mental crease;  the horizontal crease between your lower lip and the chin

  • Masseter; the masseter muscle is used for chewing and if overactive can be the source of teeth grinding. A bulky masseter can make the face appear square and masculine.

  • Excessive sweating

How is it done?

Botulism toxin is injected into the target area where the wrinkles form. Once the muscle is relaxed, dynamic wrinkles are greatly reduced.

Key facts

  • Treatment usually lasts 3-6 months

  • Physicians usually recommend patients don't lie down for 1-4 hours post treatment

  • Choose an injector with qualification and experience

  • Potential complications include; ptosis of the eyelids, bruising bleeding or swelling at the injection site, headache or flu like symptoms, crooked smile and drooling.

Important to know

So you can make an informed decision, your physician will discuss the possible risks associated with anti wrinkle injections. Although the majority of patients do not experience these complications, it’s important to understand how they can be managed in the event that they occur.