Botox is the most popular anti-aging cosmetic surgery treatment, with immediate and spectacular results. In 2002, botox was approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to be used in cosmetic surgery. In 2013, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 6.3 million botox applications were performed in the United States alone.
The term “botox” is the commercial name of type-A botulinic toxin or botulinum toxin, which a pure protein that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botox blocks the release of acetylcholine (a chemical substance of the nerve cells), which causes muscle contraction and reduces their movement. In this way, botox deactivates the mimic muscles of the face temporarily and locally, and reduces the movement of the small muscles that cause face expressions, such as sadness, anger, puzzlement, surprise, etc. When these muscle contract, they cause wrinkles, and that is exactly the spot where botox is applied. The process is painless, safe, and effective, lasts only a few minutes, and there is no need for recovery time, which means that the patient returns immediately to their daily routine activities.
BOTOX APPLICATION AREAS
INSTRUCTIONS AFTER BOTOX
In order to achieve an excellent result, after the botox treatment, instructions are perfectly clear:
We do not rub or press the botox application areas, and do not shed tears until the following.
For 4 hours, we do not lie down, sleep, bend over, or lift weights.
We do not expose the face to heat sources, such as a sauna or a hair dryer, and we do not sunbathe.
We do not throw hot water on the face, or consume alcohol, and we avoid taking an aspirin for 1 day.
We use sunscreen.
MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT BOTOX
Μ: Botox deforms face characteristics and freezes the expression.
F: When botox is injected in the right anatomic spots, not only do the face expressions and characteristics not alter, but on the contrary, the are highlighted, since the face gains a more youthful look, and looks more relaxed.
Μ: If someone decides to stop doing botox at some point, their face will be much worse than if they had never made botox.
F: After the lapse of the action time of botox, the face will return to its initial status before the treatment, since the face muscles will start moving properly again.
Μ: If I have botox all the time, it won’t “stick” to my face at some point.
F: According to a recent survey conducted on a large number of patients, and which was published in an American medical journal, exactly the opposite happens. Time consistency in the application of wrinkle treatment with botox leads to a bigger reduction of wrinkles each time, and a longer lasting result, which can reach up to 7 months, when the average repeat time of the treatment is 4-5 months.
Μ: Am I too young to have botox.
F: The ideal time for someone to have botox does not depend on age but muscle activity, because there are persons with overactive muscles and strong expressiveness, who need to apply botox even from the age of 25 years old.
Μ: Botox is the same everywhere, and I will go and have it wherever I find the lowest price.
F: The selection of cheap offers is very risky. Authentic botox is an expensive drug. The quality and origin of botox is doubtful in cheap solutions and offers, the formulation is not certified, and not only is the result poor, but it is also extremely dangerous for the person’s health. Moreover, botox is an extremely sensitive substance at high temperatures, and its action, from the moment it is diluted, weakens day by day. Therefore, proper drug dilution, preservation, and fast application after its opening, is of major importance.
The application of botox treatment should be performed at a properly equipped physician’s office, and not in any area, since this is a purely medical treatment..
Besides, botox should be performed by a perfectly skilled physician, preferably a plastic surgeon, because only the plastic surgeon has an excellent knowledge of the anatomy of face muscles, and as we have mentioned above, botox is injected in the muscles and not the skin.