he principle on which Botox ® works is to block muscle contractions, so as to smooth the skin and give the face a more youthful appearance, starting from the third day after botulinum toxin has been injected. Hence, essentially, the wrinkles of expression are the main targets of botulinum toxin (Botox ®) treatments - at the top of the face, neck, or chest.

If the oval of the face is distorted slightly, botulinum toxin can also be used to exert a lifting effect in the lower face, mitigating jowls and platysmal bands and thus giving the face a more youthful appearance

Botox ® treatments are carried out on an outpatient basis, following consultation. This means that your aesthetic surgeon can work out an individualized treatment plan with you.

A Botox ® injection does not alter your facial expression. The effect of botulinum toxin persists for several months. Therefore, repeat injections need to be administered. The areas of the face where Botox ® is particularly effective are:

  • wrinkles on the forehead
  • crow's feet (around the eyes)
  • frown lines (wrinkles between the eyebrows)
  • fine lines at the upper lip
  • creases at the corners of the lips.


In some areas of the face, Botox ® injections may be supplemented by a filler.

Treatment with botulinum toxin may also benefit areas subject to hyperhidrosis, such as the axillary and frontal regions and the palms of the hand.

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Although every surgical procedure may involve some risks and complications that the patient has no option but to accept, your aesthetic surgeon will make a point of reducing their likelihood of appearing by choosing the technique best suited to your medical condition. Complications such as bleeding, wound or prosthetic infections and healing failure, although relatively rare, can occur with any type of surgery. This document was written as a supplement to the information you will receive during consultations. This text is not exhaustive, and cannot replace a consultation with a specialist, although it can answer some questions or give rise to others. Each patient will receive full and detailed information on her own medical status and the particular procedure chosen. For more information, please either consider a consultation or visit the website of the official gazette of the Royal Belgian Society for Plastic Surgery : www.rbsps.org

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