WHAT IS BOTOX?
Botox is a toxin produced by bacteria. In large doses, it can be toxic. However, the dose used in aesthetic and therapeutic treatments is safe and has been used in the United States for decades. It has been used for the treatment of wrinkles by plastic surgeons and dermatologists since the mid-1990s.
The application of Botox can dramatically reduce the appearance of frontal wrinkles, producing a youthful look and enhancing facial beauty. It is used for wrinkles of the forehead, between the eyes, and, occasionally, for some vertical grooves on the upper lip and neck.
HOW DOES BOTOX WORK?
This toxin has the distinctiveness of weakening the muscles on which it is applied. Some of the facial wrinkles are produced by the contraction of muscles. For example, when smiling, lines around the eyes contract, called “crow’s feet”. Botox can be used on these wrinkles, weakening the muscles that produce them.
There are many types of botulinum toxin (Botox is the brand name that popularised it), and patients react differently. Some people have stronger muscles and require more potent doses. Men have more muscle strength and require higher doses.
The Botox is injected with thin syringes and requires no anaesthetic. This procedure should be performed by an experienced doctor. It is performed on an outpatient basis with immediate discharge, and the effect begins to be noticed at 24 hours and continue to improve for at least five days. After application, you can immediately return to normal activity. The effect can last on average of 4 months, but it can vary from 3 to 8 months.
COMMON USES FOR BOTOX
- Facial wrinkles
- Gingival smile (gummy smile)
- Neck muscle contractures
- Bruxism (clenching teeth)
- Headaches and Migraines
- Chronic endogenous depression
- Sweating and hyperhidrosis in armpits, hands and feet
- Essential tremor
- Nervous tics
- Anal fissure
TIPS FOR GETTING BOTOX TREATMENT
- Beware of the fake Botox that is offered online.
- Botox is not a filler.
- Do not let non-medical personnel apply it to you. It should not be done by beauticians.
- Since the injection can produce small bruises (bruises), avoid receiving this treatment before any important event.
- The most feared complication of Botox is the temporary paralysis of a necessary muscle. Typically, drooping of the eyelid, which can be paralyzed for several weeks. It is completely reversible over time.
- There are few contraindications to its use, among which there are concomitant use of Aminoglycoside Antibiotics, Calcium Blocking Drugs, Pregnancy and breastfeeding and people with neurological diseases of the Myasthenia gravis type.