Botox is the most powerful toxin known to man. It usually affects the injected area and does not spread to other parts. Botox has been approved by FAD and has been used safely for 20 years.
Nowadays, in most European countries, various injectable compounds are used to reduce and remove wrinkles or add volume to the parts of body. Injectable compounds are usually divided into two groups:
_Muscle-paralyzing compounds: These compounds prevent muscle contraction by paralyzing muscles of the forehead or around the eyes, so that they remove wrinkles, and sometimes elevate the height of the eyebrows. The effect of this type of compounds lasts 3-6 months.
_Botox is the same botulinum toxin that injecting a low dosage of it into the muscle causes a reduction in muscle activity, and elimination of facial lines, which results in a younger and more beautiful face.
Botox can be used to erase crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles, where muscle activity is not necessary, so that the formation and development of wrinkles can be prevented. Thus, it can be said that Botox injection is one of the ways to rejuvenate the body, especially the face. Today, this substance is widely used, since injecting it is currently one of the most important methods of beautification in the world.
How Does Botox Work?
Muscles in the body should receive signals from nerves to act or begin the contraction. These signals are transmitted to the muscle by a substance called acetylcholine. So Botox prevents the release of this chemical and blocks nerve impulses temporarily, causing the muscle of this part of the body to not be contracted. Of course, it should be mentioned that the effect of this drug lasts 2-6 months and after this period of time, releasing of that chemical substance restarts and the muscle is able to move or contract again.
How Many Units Of Botox Are Injected In Each Treatment Interval?
In cosmetic injections, it is about 100 units and in medical treatments, a maximum of 600 units of Botox are usually injected. It is also important how to store this drug. Botox loses its potency quickly so it should be kept at a temperature of −5 degrees Celsius if not it will lose its effectiveness quickly.
Where On The Face Is The Most Appropriate Area For Botox Injections?
The most appropriate area that can be injected by Botox is the forehead. Botox injections for the forehead can smoothen out deep lines between the eyebrows (frown lines), as well as horizontal lines across the forehead. After the forehead, crow’s feet is the second most common area that can be injected by Botox.
If the injection procedure is done correctly for those areas, results will be excellent and satisfactory.
As described above, the best areas for injections are the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet and if the injections be done correctly and carefully, there will be satisfactory results and no complications for the patient. However areas, such as under eyes wrinkles, around the lips, laugh lines, lines below and around the corners of the lips can be injected by Botox, these injections should be performed rarely on them and by an experienced doctor.
Botox And Facial Beauty
Botox injections are not done in a complex process. In the first stage, Botox is injected into the muscles with wrinkles and frown lines. In this type of injection, treatment is done very fast and in the injection process, there is no need for anesthesia unless the patients themselves request to use it.
Please note that drinking alcohol is prohibited for a week before injections. Botox is usually used for removing or reducing wrinkles, and slight bruising is a side effect of its injections. After Botox injections, do not take aspirin or similar drugs because they do not help to heal your bruising.
Who Should Not Get Botox Injections?
_People who are allergic to this drug.
_Pregnant or nursing women.
_People with mental or neurological disorders.
_People using heart medications.
_People with very thick skin or deep facial wrinkles.
What Is The Right Age To Start Getting Botox?
Botox injections are approved for the ages over 20 years old and everyone can have these injections. Age and gender are not important and effective factors in Botox injections so the injections cause a similar effect in all people. However, there are a very small group of people who are immune to this drug and it does not work on them.
Please follow the below instructions after Botox injections:
_Do not lie down for 4 hours.
_Do not massage the injected areas.
_Apply an ice pack to the injected areas for a few hours.
_Contract the injected muscles intentionally after injection.
Side Effects Of Botox Injections
Botox only weakens the muscle in the injected area, and it will not cause any complications if be performed by an experienced doctor. However, as mentioned earlier, people with neuromuscular disorders or nursing women should not get Botox injections. It also has been seen that Botox injections have treated chronic daily headaches and migraines in many people, but sometimes you may have headaches temporarily for a few days or symptoms, such as allergies may occur and last temporary and transient.
Non-Cosmetic Uses Of Botox
There are several situations in which Botox injections are used. That is, Botox is not used only for cosmetic purposes and beautification. It can be used as medical treatments in many cases, including hemifacial spasms or other muscle spasms, cervical dystonia, spasticity and tics of neck, and strabismus.