Botulinum Toxin A (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport) is a neurotoxin produced by a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. For aesthetic procedures, small amounts of purified toxin are injected into various muscles in the face to ‘freeze’ or paralyze them. This reduces the appearance of various lines, creases and wrinkles that were being formed by the contraction of that particular muscle.
Most commonly, neurotoxins are used to treat the following:
- Wrinkles between the brows (frown lines)
- Wrinkles on the outer edge of the eyes (crow’s feet)
- Forehead lines
- Lines across the bridge of the nose (bunny lines)
- Chin dimples
The neurotoxins can also be used to lift brows for a more lively appearance, as well as to soften the angle of the jaw for those patients who have a more square face, but prefer for it to be narrow.