Botox injection – Cannes & Nice | Dr. Victor Médard de Chardon
What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin is an injectable, natural medication used for over 20 years. Better known under the commercial name Botox (or Azzalure, Vistabel, or Bocouture), botulinum toxin is used to treat thousands of patients each year across the world, including children and adults suffering from ophthalmic (strabismus), neurological (muscle spasm) and dermatological (excessive perspiration) disorders. For over 10 years, Botox (botulinum toxin) has been used in the treatment of "dynamic" expression lines on the face.
What are the effects of Botox?
Botox (botulinum toxin) is different from all other anti-wrinkle treatments because it does not act on the wrinkles themselves but on the muscles responsible for their occurrence. "Dynamic" wrinkles (such as forehead wrinkles, frown lines and crow's feet) result from the repeated contraction of certain muscles. Botox (botulinum toxin) reduces the contraction of the muscle responsible for the wrinkles, erasing them and preventing them from worsening. Further information: video about how botulinum toxin works.
How do botulinum toxin injections work?
Botulinum toxin is injected directly into the muscles responsible for causing wrinkles, using microneedles. The success of the injections is dependent on an in-depth knowledge of the complex anatomy of the face and excellent dexterity. Very small doses are sufficient to achieve muscle relaxation while preserving facial expressions. Dr. Victor Médard de Chardon is a member of the Q-Med Expert Group on injectable medications and holds a qualification in injection technique assessment and control.
What brands of botulinum toxin are authorised in France?
Three botulinum toxins have received Marketing Authorisations in France, issued by the Health Authorities: Azzalure™ (Q-Med/Galderma), Vistabel™ (Allergan) and Bocouture™ (Merz).
What is the difference between Botox and hyaluronic acid?
Botulinum toxin (Botox) and hyaluronic acid are two products used to treat wrinkles. However, and in brief, botulinum toxin (Botox) is a "muscle relaxant" that acts on wrinkles caused by the contraction of a muscle, whereas hyaluronic acid is a product to fill wrinkles, and is used for static wrinkles. Botox does not create any volume, unlike hyaluronic acid. Further information: Hyaluronic acid injection
Who are Botox injections for?
Botulinum toxin is for people wanting to eliminate their wrinkles while preserving a natural appearance and expression. Ideally, the treatment is begun from the age of 30, before the skin and wrinkles have reached the stage of a dermal fracture.
What are the contraindications for Botox?
There are few contraindications for a Botox (botulinum toxin) injection: pregnancy, breastfeeding, myasthenia gravis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and aminoglycoside medication.
DETAILS OF AN INJECTION SESSION
Botox injections are performed in the office: Eden Palace, 145 rue d’Antibes 06400 Cannes
No anaesthesia or local topical anaesthesia using anaesthetic cream
Duration of a Botox injection: 10 to 15 minutes
FOREHEAD WRINKLES. An injection of Botox into the forehead treats the forehead wrinkles by acting on the frontalis muscle. If the wrinkle has reached the stage of a dermal fracture, hyaluronic acid injections can complete the result.
CROW'S FEET. An injection of Botox into the crow's feet area treats crow's feet, raising the tip of the eyebrow and brightening the eyes, by acting on the lateral part of the orbicularis oculi muscle in the eyelid. Photo showing result of Botox injection for crow's feet.
FROWN LINES. An injection of Botox into the glabella treats the frown lines by acting on the corrugator and procerus muscles. Photo showing example of result: botox injection cannes frown lines
BUNNY LINES. A Botox injection into the sides of the nose treats bunny line wrinkles by acting on the muscles that elevate the sides of the nose and the upper lip. For more information on medical rhinoplasty: injection nose rhinoplasty without surgery
LIP WRINKLES. An injection of Botox into the upper lip improves dynamic wrinkles ("smoker's lines") by acting on the orbicularis oris muscle Injections of low molecular weight hyaluronic acid can also be used to treat lip wrinkles.
PROMINENT JAW LINES. Prominent jaw lines can be due to genetic hypertrophy of the masseter muscles (muscles of mastication). Botox injections into the masseter muscles slim the jaw, but repeated injections are required. Photo showing result of Botox injection for jaw line.
WRINKLED CHIN. An injection of Botox into the chin improves the appearance of some wrinkled chins by acting on the mentalis muscle.
LIFT CORNERS OF THE MOUTH. An injection of Botox into the depressor anguli oris muscle can lift the corners of the mouth.
NECK WRINKLES. An injection of Botox into the neck can subjectively improve certain aspects of ageing necks (platysmal bands) by acting on the platysma muscle. However, the best treatment for sagging skin on the neck remains the neck lift.
AFTER EFFECTS OF A BOTOX INJECTION
Return to social activity: immediate
Do not rub the injected zones after the Botox injection for: 5 hours
Do not lie down after the Botox injection for: 5 hours
RESULTS OF A BOTOX INJECTION
First visible results: from the 3rd day
Results of a Botox injection: optimal between the 10th and 15th day with disappearance of wrinkles.
Longevity of the result: between 2 and 6 months.
Result: natural, with disappearance of wrinkles but preservation of facial expression.
For photos showing examples of results : photos before/after Botox injections
If wrinkles have already reached the stage of a dermal fracture, a Botox injection will improve them but they will not always disappear completely. A hyaluronic acid injection then improves the result of the Botox by filling the residual wrinkle. This is often the case with forehead wrinkles, frown lines and even crow's feet. Further information: hyaluronic acid injection.
Side effects of Botox are rare. A Botox injection can sometimes lead to a temporary, moderate headache lasting several days.
MAINTENANCE OF RESULTS
Regular repeat sessions can extend the effects of the Botox.
A Botox injection session is performed every 4 months in the 1st year, then every 6 months.
Injection of Botox to treat crow's feet
Consultations at the aesthetic surgeon's office in rue d'Antibes, Cannes
- Natural effect
- No pain
- Effective after 10 days
- Lasts between 2 and 6 months