Botox

For skin beauty treatment without surgery injectables are very popular! Injectables are substances inserted into the skin with a needle, that support muscles or plump up the skin, lessening the appearance of wrinkles.

Botox® and fillers are two types of injectables, which are both injected with a needle.

The biggest difference between Botox® and fillers is that Botox® is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by paralyzing the underlying muscles, fillers on the other hand will fill in wrinkles.

Injections with Botox® and fillers act differently, but have some things in common:

  • It’s a minimal invasive procedure, which have nearly no downtime
  • It’s an alternative for a surgical procedure, so that a facelift may be delayed
  • With both Botox® and fillers a natural result may be achieved. Therefore you should visit an experienced doctor
  • You might need a small touch up a month after the injection

 

WHAT IS BOTOX®?

Botox® is injected with a fine needle into the muscles which causes fine lines and wrinkles in your face.

Injectables with botuline toxine will help your facial muscles to relax, so that fine lines and wrinkles will get less visible when contracting your facial muscles.

Botox® is injected in the frown lines, forehead lines, crow’s feet and may also help to reduce excessive sweating, headaches, gummy smile, marionette lines / corners of the mouth, bunny lines and teeth grinding (bruxism).

Why it’s done

Botox injections block certain chemical signals from nerves, mostly signals that cause muscles to contract. The most common use of these injections is to temporarily relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. Botox injections are also used to treat conditions that affect how the body functions. Examples include:

  • Cervical dystonia. In this painful condition, your neck muscles contract involuntarily causing your head to twist or turn into an uncomfortable position.
  • Lazy eye. The most common cause of lazy eye is an imbalance in the muscles responsible for positioning the eye.
  • Muscle contractures. Some neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy, can cause your limbs to pull in toward your center. In some cases, these contracted muscles can be relaxed with Botox injections.
  • Hyperhidrosis. In this condition, excessive sweating occurs even when the temperature isn’t hot and you’re not exerting yourself.
  • Chronic migraine. If you experience migraines more than 15 days a month, Botox injections may help reduce headache frequency.
  • Bladder dysfunction. Botox injections can also help reduce urinary incontinence caused by an overactive bladder.
  • Eye twitching. Botox injections may help relieve contracture or twitching of muscles around the eye.

What you can expect

Before the procedure

Most people don’t feel much discomfort during the procedure. But you may want your skin numbed beforehand, especially if your palms or soles are being treated for excessive sweating. Your doctor might use one or more of various methods available to numb the area, such as topical anesthesia, ice and vibration anesthesia, which uses massage to reduce discomfort.

During the procedure

Botox injections are usually performed in a doctor’s office. Your doctor uses a thin needle to inject tiny amounts of botulinum toxin into your skin or muscles. The number of injections needed depends on many factors, including the extent of the area being treated.

After the procedure

Do not rub or massage the treated areas for 24 hours. This may help prevent the toxin from spreading to a different area. You can return to your normal activities right after the procedure.

Results

Botox injections usually begin working one to three days after treatment. Depending on the problem being treated, the effect may last three months or longer. To maintain the effect, you’ll need regular follow-up injections.