Treatment with botulinum toxin is one of the safest methods for preventing aging and smoothing mimic wrinkles. In addition, its use gives the face a relaxed, fresh expression necessary to achieve a natural and youthful appearance.

What is botulinum toxin?

Botulinum toxins are neurotoxins that affect nerves and cause muscle weakness. Botulinum toxin injections are given for cosmetic or medical reasons. When applied, small amounts of Botox are injected into specific muscles to smooth wrinkles, prevent migraine headaches, and treat various other health conditions.

How does Botox work?

Botox blocks nerve signals to muscles. As a result, the muscles cannot stretch. The effects are always temporary because love wears off over time, but they can last several months. The localization of the application depends on the primary area of interest. Several parts can be treated in one treatment.

What cosmetic problems can be treated with Botox?

Cosmetic Botox injections are used to address the signs of aging. This treatment can smooth fine lines and wrinkles in several areas of the face – eyebrows, forehead, nose, eyes (crow’s feet), lips, chin, jawline, neck

  • wrinkles around the mouth and chin
  • wrinkles in the nose area
  • fan-shaped wrinkles around the eyes
  • wrinkles of anger on the forehead
  • horizontal wrinkles on the forehead
  • wrinkles in the décolleté and neck area

What medical conditions can be treated with Botox?

Botox has been used in medicine for decades. These injections may be recommended for treating squinting (strabismus), excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), tearing of the eyelids, chronic migraines, and overactive bladder. Blepharospasm, cervical dystonia

What is Botox made of?

A bacterium called Clostridium botulinum produces the neurotoxins used in Botox. Healthcare providers use a specific type of bacteria (type A) for medical injections.

Is Botox safe?

Botox is generally safe when administered by a licensed healthcare provider.

Course of treatment

The procedure is prevalent for its simplicity, speed, and effectiveness. The doctor marks the injection site, applying the substance to the relevant area with a thin needle. The injection is not painful; we can compare it to a pinch.

What to expect during Botox treatment?

Thin needles are used, and a small amount of botulinum toxin is injected into the treated area to apply Botox. Depending on the type of cosmetic problem, injections are applied to different places.

Botox treatment is an outpatient procedure. Therefore, it is possible to go home on the same day. Discomfort is usually mild. The injections may sting and cause slight pain, but this phenomenon will end quickly. Local anesthesia can also be applied to the skin in case of hypersensitivity.

How often to reach for Botox?

On average, the effects of Botox last about three to four months. The doctor will recommend the following procedure based on the individual case.

Are there any side effects of Botox?

Side effects of botulinum toxin injections vary depending on the area being treated. Most problems are mild and will improve in a day or two. Possible side effects of Botox include:

  • pain, swelling, redness, or bruising at the treatment site
  • flu-like symptoms
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • stomach upset (indigestion)
  • temporarily drooping eyelids (ptosis)
  • eye irritation or redness

When applying botox, a combination of other treatments is often recommended, for example, a combination with laser and filling. First, a specific laser smooths out the wrinkles, then a filler is inserted to fill the volume of the wrinkles. Finally, botox is applied to the mimic muscle that causes the wrinkle. In this way, the formation of a new wrinkle is prevented. The treatment area is constantly regenerated, and Botox is a safe medical-cosmetic method.

Results of the procedure

The onset of the effect and its duration are individual. In each patient, it depends on the speed of regeneration of the nerve endings in the muscle, the force of contraction of the mimic muscle, and the rate of degradation of the active substance. The effect of botox treatment starts within 48 hours, becomes fully apparent in about two weeks, and lasts, on average, 3-6 months after the first application. After the following application, the effect is usually prolonged (6-12 months).