Botulinum toxin is a substance produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The actual effect of botulinum toxin consists of the blockage of nerve-endings; the muscle is de-nerved and no nerve impulses can affect the area. It is practically “numb,” although over time the muscle does regain its nerve impulses. The effect of botulinum toxin is not permanent.
Botulinum toxin is an outpatient procedure that takes 5-10 minutes.
The results of the treatment appear after three to six days. The skin is visibly relaxed and the wrinkles are shallower. The effect is optimal after fourteen days, and lasts three to four months. The more frequently the treatment is repeated, the longer the effect (from six to nine months).