Among all the methods of aesthetic medicine, Botox is undoubtedly the best known. How does Botox work? How to make the right choice? What are its side effects? Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment that involves the injection of a purified protein into the skin to temporarily smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. The protein, called botulinum toxin, is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which is the same bacterium that causes botulism, a serious and potentially life-threatening illness. However, the doses of botulinum toxin used in Botox treatments are much smaller and are not harmful when used as directed.
Botox – Short History:
Botox is first and foremost a medicine. Moreover, the name botox, which has become common, is initially that of a brand. Its active ingredient is botulinum toxin, which is also used in conventional medicine to treat the symptoms of many pathologies. Among them, spasms, repeated torticollis, as well as chronic neurological pain such as migraines. Because, like many medicines, it originates from a natural poison.
This botulinum toxin has the effect of paralyzing the nerves. Its use in small doses to treat various ailments was developed by an ophthalmologist during the 1980s. Its process was then bought by the American laboratory Allergan. Its effectiveness on wrinkles, understood a posteriori, made the product famous, but did not enrich its original discoverer.
Botox injection, success of aesthetic medicine
The first authorization for the use of botox in aesthetic medicine dates back to 1997. In France, it was not until 2003. At that time, the Food and Drug Administration in the United States authorized its marketing to treat wrinkles of the glabella . In other words to reduce the frown line: the one that forms vertical lines between the eyes.
Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles and fine lines. When these muscles are unable to contract, the skin appears smoother and more youthful. The effects of Botox typically last for three to four months, after which time the treatment must be repeated to maintain the desired results. Little by little, botox became more popular and has since been used to smooth, in addition to frown lines, crow’s feet and horizontal wrinkles on the forehead.
Today, botox is also used to correct all other signs of aging and sagging of the face. This is particularly the case of the lips or, more precisely, around the lips, where sometimes “wrinkles of sadness” and other “folds of bitterness” are found.
Botox Results on wrinkle smoothing
The smoothing of wrinkles after a botox injection can take from 2 to 10 days depending on the person. This is the time it takes for the product to work and for the muscle to respond to the botulinum toxin by relaxing. It all depends on how you normally contract these muscles.
Similarly, depending on the person, the effect lasts between 3 and 8 months. Botox therefore requires regular injections to remain effective.
Botox is also used to treat wrinkles and fine lines on the forehead, between the eyebrows (also known as “frown lines”), and around the eyes (also known as “crow’s feet”). It can also be used to treat wrinkles on other parts of the face, such as the neck and jawline. In addition to its cosmetic uses, Botox is also used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including excessive sweating, migraines, and muscle spasms.
The procedure for administering Botox is relatively simple and can be performed in a doctor’s office or clinic. First, the area to be treated is cleaned with an antiseptic solution. Next, a thin needle is used to inject small amounts of the Botox solution into the targeted muscles. The injections may be slightly painful, but most people do not find them to be too uncomfortable. The entire process usually takes only a few minutes to complete.
After the treatment, it is important to avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area for at least 24 hours. This is because the toxin takes a few hours to start working and rubbing the area could potentially cause the toxin to spread to other muscles, leading to unwanted side effects. It is also recommended to avoid strenuous exercise and to keep the head upright for at least four hours after the treatment to help reduce the risk of the toxin spreading to other muscles.
Botox side effects
There are a few potential side effects of Botox treatments, although they are generally mild and temporary. These may include swelling or redness at the injection site, headache, nausea, and muscle weakness. In rare cases, more serious side effects may occur, such as difficulty speaking or swallowing, double vision, and trouble breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately.
Overall, Botox is a safe and effective treatment for smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines on the face. It is important to choose an experienced and qualified provider to administer the treatment, as the results can vary depending on the skill of the injector. If you are considering having Botox treatment, it is a good idea to discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor or a qualified medical professional.
Botox injection prices
The price of a botox injection session varies according to the practitioner’s fees and the geographical area of consultation. Nevertheless, the price range is relatively stable between the firms.
For one area (frown lines, crow’s feet), count around 180 €. Some practices offer a more advantageous overall rate for several areas, around €300 for two, or even €380 for three areas.
However, failed botoxes can still happen. In such a way that the recent testimonies of women disappointed, even in deep distress, by their botox injections, invite reflection. Nevertheless, the effects of botox that alter facial expressions are transient.
Also, we are no longer in the 90s, or even 2000, and botox injections have come a long way. For serious health professionals, it is above all a question of offering a subtle result by means of targeted injections.
Precautions to take
Even if it is not cosmetic surgery, but injections, the fact remains that botox is a very active product.
Remember that only specialists in the following fields are authorized to perform these injections (for medical or aesthetic purposes depending on the specialty):
- Reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery
- Face and neck surgery
- Maxillofacial surgery
- Hair botox
Botox has been emulated and here we find this term about hair. However, no trace of botulinum toxin here. This misuse of language simply means that the treatment gives a youthful and fresh look to the hair.
This is a Brazilian method that combines keratin and hyaluronic acid. Hair “botox” is in fact a classic treatment to be left on for about twenty minutes.
Keratin – the protein that makes up the hair – and hyaluronic acid – which retains water – thus sheath the hair fiber.