Lately television, newspapers, magazines make news and practically everybody speaks about Botox – the most popular wrinkle treatment method. You must have heard about Botox from one of your friends and want to learn more about it. You must be interested if Botox suits you in particular. To understand the effect of Botox on the facial areas it is necessary to know how wrinkles are formed.
How are wrinkles formed?
Facial muscles located under the skin take part in all kinds of facial expressions when we laugh, frown or show surprise. These wrinkles are called dynamic. The amount and depth of wrinkles depend on expression movement frequency, sun exposure period, skin and muscle structures, age and sex of the patient.
What is Botox?
Botox is a simple and non-invasive method of dynamic wrinkle and line reduction in facial areas. A 10 minutes procedure reduces regional muscle contraction that is responsible for wrinkle formation for around 4 months. The effect shows up in 3-7 days. As this procedure is simple, fast and has no recovery period you can immediately turn back to your daily activities when it is over.
Botox is a natural purified protein derived from Clostridium Botulinum bacteria. Small doses of the medicine are injected by thin needles into the muscles responsible for wrinkle formation. Botox provides temporary sub-dermal muscle relaxation and thus prevents dynamic wrinkle formation. The application area of Botox is strictly limited so that it cannot spread into other body sites.
What is irrelative to Botox?
Botox is not a miracle that can create you anew. It is just a medicine. It is effective only in the application area.
What areas is Botox applied to?
Botox is especially effective when injected in the sub-dermal muscles whose contraction causes dynamic wrinkle formation on the forehead, in the corners of the eyes, between the eyebrows and on the bridge of the nose. Besides, it is successfully used to treat upper lip wrinkles and neck lines. Botox is also used to reduce excessive sweating of the hands, soles and underarms.
Does Botox suit personally you?
Botox suits everybody who has wrinkles. However, it is forbidden with pregnant and breast feeding women. Thousand of men and women who care for their appearance have successfully used this method. Not only people of art, politicians and models but also teachers, house wives and people of many other professions and spheres are using Botox successfully.
Who must perform the procedure of Botox?
Botox injections must be performed only by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon – a doctor who has professional knowledge of facial anatomy and dynamic wrinkle structure.
How is the application of Botox performed?
To reach the most precise possible result your doctor first marks the areas where Botox will be applied. Anesthesia is not necessary but sometimes to very sensitive areas anesthetic cream or an ice application can be made. Botox is injected by a thin needle in tiny doses. The procedure lasts for 10 minutes. When it is over you can resume your daily activities immediately.
How long does the effect last?
Botox effect stays for 4 months.
Are there any side effects?
If the procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced specialist the risk of side effects is close to zero. Rarely head ache can appear. When injected in a wrong area it can cause temporary eyelid drooping. In rare cases it can cause redness in the injection spots that is easily covered by makeup.
Is the procedure painful?
There can be a slight pricking sensation that feels like a mosquito bite according to some patients. The procedure takes maximum 10 minutes. A cold application is made to reduce painful sensations. Depending on the patient's individual sensitivity there can be some painful sensations that disappear very quickly.
Will the wrinkles get deeper if I decide not to continue Botox treatment?
No. 4 months later the wrinkles will get back to its pre-therapeutically condition.
Where is Botox injected?
In our clinic Botox is applied to the areas of forehead, the corners of the eyes, between the eyebrows and on the bridge of the nose and in combination with filling substances in the areas of neck, corners of the mouth and upper lip. Besides, the medicine is used to reduce excessive sweating of the hands, soles and underarms.