It works by blocking chemical signals between nerves and muscles. Thanks to botox, facial features are softer, the person looks relaxed and a few years younger. One should be aware, however, that botox only smoothes out facial wrinkles. It has no effect on deeper static wrinkles, caused by skin flaccidity due to age.
Botox (botulinum toxin) is a purified protein produced by anaerobic bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin, i.e. sausage venom, is a substance naturally formed in perishable sausages or cans. Sausage venom is a very strong poison, dangerous for human life.
Every year the number of supporters of aesthetic medicine treatments increases. This trend concerns both women and a growing group of men, who have also decided to fight against signs of fatigue and passing time. More and more popular are treatments with the use of botulinum toxin, the so-called Botox.
The label, properly prepared and injected in small doses into the muscles, does not pose a threat to life and health. The amount of botox used in rejuvenating treatment is maximum 100 units. A fatal dose for an adult weighing 70 kg is about 2500-3000 units.
Initially, botox was used by ophthalmologists and neurologists. In children with cerebral palsy or people after a stroke, it helped to reduce excessive muscle tension. In ophthalmology it was used to treat strabismus. At that time it was noticed that it not only improves the condition of the eyes, but also visibly smoothes wrinkles.
After the development of safe doses and the method of administration, botox was included in the permanent offer of treatments in the field of aesthetic medicine.
Thanks to botox it is possible to correct and remove:
- Crow’s feet
- Vertical and transverse frontal wrinkles
- Wrinkles of the lower eyelid of the eye
- Wrinkles over the upper lip
- Neck wrinkles
- Raising the drooping corners of the mouth
- Elimination of eyelids
Increasingly, botulinum toxin is also used for the purpose:
- Facial slimming (botox is injected into the muscles of the mandible)
- Removal of neckbands
- Removal of gum smile
- Eye enlargement (botox is injected into the circular muscle of the eye in the upper eyelid)
- Treatment of excessive sweating
- Treatment of migraine
Botox is also widely used in the treatment of excessive sweating, effectively blocking the work of sweat glands. Higher doses of botulinum toxin are used in the treatment, however, they are still safe for the patient’s health. Botulinum toxin is injected into the nerves that supply the glands of external secretion. The effect lasts up to 6 months.
Currently, it is the most effective method of treating excessive sweating of hands, armpits and feet. Botox injection is also used by people suffering from painful migraine attacks. Botox is injected into the forehead and neck area, blocking nerve connections responsible for pain. Botox is injected into mimic wrinkles, whose contraction leads to migraine attacks, prevents their occurrence.
The blockade lasts from 4 to 6 months. Already a week after the procedure, a significant improvement is noticeable. As many as 80% of cases of migraine treatment by botox injection turned out to be an effective method.
When is the first anti-wrinkle treatment with botox?
The depth of wrinkles depends on the activity, muscle contraction in different parts of the face. The treatment is especially recommended for people with intensive facial expressions. Mimic wrinkles are often already visible on the face of people aged 25 years.
Botulin can be injected prophylactic at a time when wrinkles are still barely visible. This substance works only in the area where it was injected, relaxing the muscles that affect the formation of wrinkles, without disturbing their functioning at the same time.
After the botox injection, wrinkles are partially or completely removed, the face seems relaxed and rested. In the case of eyebrows or eyelids, a slight lifting is noticeable.
How long the effect after the botulinum toxin treatment will be visible depends to a large extent on the condition of the skin. If the skin is firm and properly moisturized, the effects last longer, with dry and thin skin this period is unfortunately much shorter.
Therefore, in order to extend the effects after botox, it is also recommended to undergo strengthening and improving skin condition. Thanks to botulinum toxin, facial muscles rest, work less and at the same time they get used to some mimic movements.