F.A.Q. About Botox
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is a nonsurgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people 18 to 65 years of age.
During treatment, very low doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause those stubborn lines. The treatment is usually done in about 10 minutes, and no recovery time is needed. Within days, you may see an improvement that can last up to 4 months. Results may vary.
FAQs-About BOTOX® Cosmetic
How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?
Those moderate to severe frown lines between your brows form over time as the result of muscle activity. BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected directly into the muscles between your brows. It works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles; this reduces the activity of the muscles that cause those persistent lines to form.
How long is the treatment?
The procedure takes five to 15 minutes, with no downtime.
When will I see results from a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?
Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to a month, and results can last for up to 4 months. In clinical trials, nearly 90% of men and women rated the improvement in their appearance as moderate to better 1 month after treatment. Results may vary.
How long does BOTOX® Cosmetic last?
Results from treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic can last for up to 4 months. If you discontinue treatment, the frown lines between your brows gradually will look like they did before treatment.
Who should administer BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Any authorized healthcare professional can administer BOTOX® Cosmetic, but dermatologists, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat doctors), or other physicians specializing in cosmetic procedures are generally more experienced. One of these physicians can help you decide if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.
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Is treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic painful?
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injecting, your physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anaesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Many people are in and out of the physician’s office without downtime following BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment.
Who should not use BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic should not be used in the presence of infection at the proposed injection site(s) and in individuals with known hypersensitivity to any ingredient in the formulation. Patients with neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects.BOTOX® is not recommended for patients who are pregnant or nursing. It is also not recommended for patients who are concurrently taking aminoglycoside antibiotics
Will I experience any side effects?
The most common side effects following injection include temporary eyelid droop and nausea localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the injection. Eyebrow droop or eyelid droop, known as ptosis, is another side effect that can occur when BOTOX® is used around the forehead. This is a temporary condition that occurs in approximately 2–5 per cent of patients and may last two to four weeks. Patients with certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects. A rather welcome side effect for some patients is the disappearance of tension and migraine headaches.
Will my facial expressions continue to look natural?
Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is simply reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.
What will happen to the frown lines between my brows if I choose not to continue treatments?
If you do not continue treatments, the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows will gradually look like they did before treatment.
Do treatment results differ?
To get the best results, it’s important to go to a doctor who is experienced in administering BOTOX®.
What are other indications for BOTOX?
Most experts agree that BOTOX® is most effective in the upper third of the face (eyes and forehead), but with care, other areas of the face and neck can be treated as well. BOTOX® has also been shown to be useful for the treatment of hyperhydrosis (sweating) of the hands and armpits. A small amount can significantly reduce perspiration from these areas for several months
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What are skin implants and how do they work?
Their main representative is hyaluronic acid.
It is a natural hydrophilic component (polysaccharide) of the fundamental substance of the skin. It is usually a product of biotechnology or obtained as an extract of natural rather than animal substances. Thus, as a natural product, it does not create any problem of allergy or other adverse effects in whatever form it is used.
During the treatment, in the form of a transparent crystalline gel, it is injected into the skin in small amounts with a very fine needle. Thus, it gives "natural" volume and "erases" the static deep wrinkles of aging. That is, it offers a natural improvement of the facial image without leaving any scars or marks.
What are the complications of hyaluronic acid and how long does its effect last?
The injections are very safe and the complications are minimal and transient (temporary redness or swelling and light exudations). Its results are immediately visible at the end of the treatment and last six to nine months. Gradually and depending on the body, they are broken down and absorbed, while the face returns to the image it had before the treatment.
How are wrinkles around the eyes (crow's feet) and on the forehead treated?
Botox helps a lot with these wrinkles and the effect lasts about 4-6 months.
However, if the wrinkles are very deep, a combination of Botox and hyaluronic acid may be needed.
How are bags and dark circles under the eyes treated?
The techniques we mentioned (Botox and hyaluronic acid) cannot make the bags disappear. For this problem, the only solution is blepharoplasty, which is performed under local anesthesia in the operating room. The cause of dark circles is usually poor nutrition, fatigue, possibly some health problem or even heredity. Botox and Hyaluronic Acid also do not have spectacular results for this problem.
What effect do these techniques have and how safe are they?
In the hands of a qualified doctor, Botox and Hyaluronic Acid or a combination of both are completely safe with very good results. They leave no marks, no surgical scars, while there are no hematomas and ecchymosis, giving a youthful, radiant, firm, blemish-free skin. and wrinkles. Modern aesthetic medicine can, therefore, improve potential aesthetic imperfections by avoiding the use of a scalpel. The use of Botox and hyaluronic acid for aesthetic reasons is approved both by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and by the corresponding European Commission and the National Medicines Agency (EOF).