Botox injections are shrouded in a hazy aura and many myths, but this does not prevent it from being the most popular and best-selling procedure in the world.
Botox injections are currently one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world! And this is not surprising, since this is the fastest and most effective way to combat expression wrinkles!
Botulinum toxin injections are a procedure without a passport! Because the first appearance of mimic wrinkles can be at a fairly young age in temperamental people, actively showing their emotions, and depends on the type of skin, its thickness.
History of Applications in Aesthetic Medicine
The use of Botox in medicine began in the early 60s of the twentieth century, for the treatment of strabismus, muscle torticollis and leg cramps.
In 1982, in the treatment of strabismus and spasm of the eyelids, the ability of botulinum toxin to smooth mimic wrinkles in the eye area - "crow's feet", was discovered by the Canadian ophthalmologist Jane Carruthers. Later, together with her husband Alester Carruthers, who headed the department of dermatological surgery at the University of British Columbia (Canada), they began to practice the use of botulinum toxin injections to smooth expression lines in the area around the eyes.
In 1988, Allergan acquired the right to distribute a botulinum toxin-based drug, and in 1991 it was named Botox.
In the 90s, the product was actively used to rejuvenate the skin of the face, but it received official approval from the FDA as a cosmetic product only in 2002.
The name of the Botox trademark has long been considered a household name, botox is often called any cosmetic preparations based on botulinum toxin: Dysport, Xeomin, Botulax, etc.
Botox, an American company Allergan, was the first drug to be used to correct age-related changes.
In the field of aesthetic medicine, Botox is used in three main areas: control of muscle spasm, treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and correction of facial wrinkles.
Despite the wide scope and demand, there are still many myths and contradictions around botulinum toxin injection procedures.
Myth #1 -Botox is not safe
Botox has a long and reliable history of safety, with over 16 million procedures performed since its first introduction.
Since 2002, Botox has been officially approved by the FDA and is widely it is used not only in cosmetology, but also in medicine for infants.
Myth #2 -Injections are painful
Any injection procedure can be accompanied by some discomfort, however, the needles used for Botox injections are very thin and low-traumatic, so the pain is minimal.
Myth #3 -Botox, "erases" all emotions
Many people think that Botox injections will make them lose their ability to express emotions and create a so-called “stone face”. It is a myth. Correct calculation of drug units, individual selection of injection points, taking into account the characteristics of the patient's facial muscles, will keep your emotions natural. After a skilled treatment, you will be able to display the full range of facial expressions, including smile, frown and surprise, but without the formation of wrinkles and creases.
Myth #4 -Botox is only indicated for women
This is a myth. More and more men are turning to doctors for cosmetic procedures, including Botox injections. Certain features of the male muscle structure require higher doses of the drug to achieve the desired result, however, Botox injections are equally applicable for both men and women.
Myth #5 -Botox builds up in the body over time
Botox does not accumulate in the body. In addition, nerve impulses are restored three to four months after the injection, so repeated procedures are necessary to maintain the result. If treatment is discontinued, the muscles will resume their previous level of activity.
How does Botox work?
The action of botulinum toxin injections is aimed at blocking nerve impulses and relaxing the mobile zones of the facial muscles.
Botox injections block certain chemical signals from the nerves, so the brain simply does not receive a signal to contract and the muscle is in a relaxed state. As a result of muscle relaxation, expression lines are smoothed.
Thus, due to the lack of permanent contraction, there is no formation of wrinkles or creases.
Which zones are they injected into?
Botox can be used on the entire face area, but most often the upper third is corrected: horizontal wrinkles of the forehead, between the eyebrows and the area around the eyes, the so-called crow's feet.
The most popular areas for Botox injection are forehead, eyebrow, lip corners, neck, eye area.
The Botox procedure is also called the lunch break procedure, it takes from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the correction zone and does not have a pronounced rehabilitation period.
The first results will be noticeable as early as 4-5 days after the procedure, the maximum effect is achieved after 14 days.
Many factors affect how long the result will last, including metabolism, lifestyle and skin care. On average, the effect lasts from 3 to 6 months.
For an effective and high-quality procedure, it is important:
- quality and originality of the product with a certificate of conformity;
- specialist qualifications;
- the institution has a medical license.
Read more about the procedure, indications and contraindications in the section
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