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Tweaking Botulinum Toxin Injections

Tuesday, April 4, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Sabine Zenker reports on how disposable injection aids allow practitioners to inject smarter and with greater precision than ever before

Many patients now view botulinum toxin injections (BoNT) as ‘no guilt’ quick fixes. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) Global Survey, Botox is now the most popular drug in the field of aesthetics — with more than 4.5 million injections performed worldwide — and is the most frequently requested non-surgical procedure, making up 38.4% of the market1. However, we are currently experiencing a shift in attitude toward such treatments, with patients taking a more conservative approach and expressing a desire for more subtle and ‘natural’ looks. This has been guided by practitioners offering more judicious applications of micro-Botox  or ‘sprinkling’ to create a subtle enhancement. So dosing BoNT precisely and in lower units, and in quantities right for each indication, injection site, and each individual patient is key.

Botulinum toxin type A

BoNT/A is approved for a variety of cosmetic and non-cosmetic applications. Most common cosmetic applications are in the treatment of upper facial rhytides and dynamic lines, namely glabellar lines, horizontal forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet2. In the lower face, botulinum toxin is used to shape the contour, to relax unwanted sad expressions, and to erase unwanted chin dimpling.

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