Botox is a must procedure nowadays. Most of my customers aged 25-65 have it done regularly or think of doing it. I, Anna, have Botox done as well. If you are a Botox virgin, but ready to throw yourself into the wonderful world of aesthetic medicine and get “hooked” on Botox, you need to know a few facts about botulinum toxin and Botox injections. Below are just some of them.
BOTOX SHRINKS PORES
It is true that enlarged pores can be minimized with Botox. The procedure is known as Micro Botox.
Micro Botox is performed at the surface level, injecting botulinum toxin using mesotherapy technique. It does not affect the muscles that are responsible for facial expressions, like the usual Botox injections, therefore it cannot erase the wrinkles. When working with pores, Micro Botox, also known as “Intradermal Botox”, is administered into the more superficial layers of the skin along with thin muscles that control size of the pores. By administering Botox using this method, the pores shrink.
The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes and costs $600 and above, depending on the areas that need fixing. As experts promise, Micro Botox not only creates the effect of a smooth, matte skin with an even texture, but also visibly tightens the skin for several months.
By the way, this method can fight such skin imperfections as acne: it suppresses sebum production and blocks sweating, thus preventing the onset of an inflammatory process that leads to acne breakouts. This feature provides smoothness, lack of greasy shine and totally matte skin tone for the next 3-4 months. By reducing the number of acne spots, the post-acne hyperpigmentation is also reduced.
BOTOX HELPS WITH HYPERHIDROSIS
If you have a problem of excessive sweating known as Hyperhidrosis, then Botox can help with it.
Medicine knows diseases that are dangerous not because of the physiological impact, but because of the psychological discomfort. Hyperhidrosis fits this category. This disorder is associated with excessive sweating, especially in the armpits, palms and feet.
You can recognize people suffering from hyperhidrosis by the following signs:
- They smell of sweat
- They have sticky palms
- Their clothes are stained in the armpit area
All this makes a person, suffering from it, feel uncomfortable, and sometimes interferes with their career growth and personal relationships. Modern medicine has long learned to deal with this disease.
Treatment of hyperhidrosis with a botulinum toxin is the most effective method that will save you from such troubles. Many clinics, operating in the field of plastic surgery, cosmetology and urology, have all sorts of resources to successfully relieve patients of such problems.
If hyperhidrosis is not caused by diabetes, tuberculosis, heart disease, malignant tumors, then it does not pose a threat to health. However, it significantly reduces the quality of life. According to the statistics, the majority of people suffering from hyperhidrosis feel insecure, awkward and often restrict themselves in the sexual life.
Botox treatment is recognized worldwide as one of the most effective for hyperhidrosis. It blocks the transmission of nerve impulses to sweat glands and the excessive sweating is minimized. To achieve the result, it is injected into the armpits, palms, feet, forehead.
One of the benefits of this relatively simple procedure is a long-lasting effect. However, to execute it correctly, it is advisable to use specialists whose expertise lies in the field of aesthetic medicine and cosmetology and who are properly trained and licensed. Speaking to a doctor, you will receive a preliminary consultation and detailed information about all stages of the treatment. But for now, it’s worth mentioning that the procedure consists of injecting multiple small doses of Botox into the problem area. Since treatment of hyperhidrosis with Botox is carried under the supervision of a medical professional, it is completely safe, and the result becomes noticeable quite fast.
There are many pros of using it for hyperhidrosis, some of which are listed below:
- Botox in small doses is very effective in treatment of many concerns and is proved to be safe;
- Treatment of hyperhidrosis with Botox requires only one session;
- Results are guaranteed;
- Anesthesia is not required;
- Treatment causes no damage to the skin thanks to the use of fine needles.
If you are interested to explore all pros and cons of this treatment, please read my recently published blog post “Underarm Botox. Pros and Cons”.
BOTOX HELPS PREVENT WRINKLES
If you have very active facial expressions, for example, on the forehead, you are definitely at risk of developing dynamic wrinkles: with time, the creases that form in this area when you raise the eyebrows can eventually turn into deep lines. The same story is with the creases on the bridge of the nose known as “bunny lines” and in the corner of the eyes known as “crows feet”. Therefore, it is recommended to use Botox for prevention of dynamic wrinkles: it would relax the muscles that cause them. The best age to start the treatment depends on the individual and needs to be assessed by the patient and cosmetologist.
BOTOX ALONE WILL NOT ERASE DEEP STATIC WRINKLES
Botulinum toxin treats mainly dynamic wrinkles, i.e. wrinkles caused by the muscle contraction. If we are talking about another type of wrinkles called “Static”, they are not caused by facial expressions, therefore relaxing facial muscles with the help of Botox won’t erase them. The best solution for deep static wrinkles is to inject Botox to minimize any possible muscle contraction and then to fill the wrinkles with dermal fillers based on hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxilapatite.
BOTOX RESULTS ARE NOT IMMEDIATE
Don’t expect to see the results immediately after the injection: it starts working 2-3 days after the procedure and takes full effect in about 10 -14 days after the procedure. Overall, results are very individual and vary from person to person.
BOTOX MAY CAUSE ALLERGY
Rarely, but it can cause allergic reaction. Allergy is caused not by the botulinum toxin itself, but by the protein compounds that are present in it. Therefore, if a person is allergic to animal protein, especially milk protein, then it is likely that Botox will cause the allergy. A protein-free analogue of Botox is Xeomin, so this is what needs to be used on patients suffering from such allergies. The preliminary consultation with a doctor is specifically designed to assess patient’s health condition and choose the right botulinum toxin product that will not cause a negative outcome.
BOTOX DOES NOT WORK ON EVERYONE
This is true and there are three main reasons why Botox does not work on everyone:
The first and most common one is botulinum toxin resistance. Usually, it is botulinum toxin type A that is used in cosmetology. But there is another type of botulinum toxin that is used for minimizing the wrinkles, although very rarely: botulinum toxin type B. So, to solve the problem of botulinum toxin resistance, you need to either reduce the frequency of Botox injections or change the type of botulinum toxin from A to B. The most popular product containing botulinum toxin type B is called Neurobloc.
The second reason is zinc deficiency. The best solution for this is to start taking vitamin and mineral complex. Once the course is completed, you can resume having Botox done.
The third reason for now remains without any solution: Botox does not work on patients who had an illness caused by a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, such as tetanus, botulism or other cross infections.
BOTOX IS THE COMMERCIAL NAME OF A PRODUCT
Indeed, Botox is the commercial name of the most famous product based on botulinum toxin. In fact, many know it by the name of Allergan Botox. It is the first botulinum toxin approved for use in medicine. Nowadays, in addition to Botox, there are many other botulinum toxin products available on the market, depending on the country. Most known ones are Disport, Xeomin, Bocouture, Azzalure, Vistabel, Vistabex, Medytox, Innotox, Botulax. All of them are produced by different manufacturers and vary in concentrations of botulinum toxin itself as well as additional substances, therefore they can be used for different purposes and age groups.
THERE ARE CONTRAINDICATIONS TO BOTOX
Botox does have some contraindications among which are pregnancy, lactation, cancer, acute infectious diseases, hypersensitivity to the ingredients of Botox and some others.
BOTOX CAN BE ADMINISTERED AROUND THE EYES
It is possible to use Botox for correction of mimic wrinkles in the corner of the eyes known as “crows feet” as well as for raising the eyebrows to make the face look more open. However, it is important to have these areas treated by highly qualified professional to avoid complications and minimize the side effects.
BOTOX CAN CAUSE HEADACHES
Indeed, Botox can cause headaches, but such cases are rare and not dangerous to health. Usually headache occurs if the doctor accidently touches with the needle the frontal bone or the vessels of the inner layers of the capillaries. Most of the time, this kind of traumas, as well painful sensation, subside within 2-3 days. The main thing during this period is to avoid hot bath, alcohol and physical exercise.
Modern anti-aging and aesthetic medicine is so well-developed that there is no reason to be afraid to reap its benefits. In my humble opinion, looking after your skin along with learning about your body and how it responds to different treatments should be every girl’s priority. In fact, the earlier you start, the more chances you have to stay young and beautiful beyond your age. The most important is not to get obsessed about a particular imperfection and throw your life’s resources on solving it. You must have a sober outlook on the type of aesthetic procedure needed and if your choice is wrinkle correction with a use of Botox, you must clearly understand what it involves and the kind of results and side effects to expect. And of course, it is absolutely necessary to use a qualified and licensed specialist.