Botulinum toxin A (BTA) is a substance originally found in the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. BTA’s primary action is the blockade of signal transmission at nerve endings that connect nerves to muscles and glands. In clinical practices, BTA’s is used to weaken a particular muscle or muscle group and suppress glands activity(for example, sweat glands).
In aesthetic practice, BTA is commonly used to inject into discrete facial muscles to reduce wrinkles and produce skin tightening and lifting. Injection of BTA also can enhance skin complexion of the face by suppressing the overactivity of oil glands and sweat glands in the skin (see Microbotox). BTA can treat excessive sweating in the armpit and hand by suppressing the overactivity of the sweat glands.
The duration of action for BTA is usually around six months. The injection of BTA needs to repeat regularly at regular intervals to maintain the desired effects.
There are many different brands of BTA used in aesthetic practice. The brand of the BTA that we used in our clinic is BOTOX™.
Cosmetic applications of BTA:
Therapeutic applications of BTA:
Botulinum toxin A is administered by injection using an ultra-fine needle
Duration of Procedure: 3-5 min
Anaesthesia: Usually not necessary. Numbing cream or cold compression for patients who are very sensitive to pain.
Onset of Results: 3 days to one week
How Long Results Last: 6 months
Post Treatment Care