How does Botox work?
Botulinum Toxin (Botox) is a most widely used way to non-surgically correct mimic wrinkles. When it is injected, the area is temporarily denervated, hence there are no muscle contractions and the formed folds and wrinkles are completely eliminated.
Are the Botox Injections safe?
Botulinum Toxin (Botox) was used for cosmetic purposes since 1987. It is true that firstly it was considered to be a poison; however, it is currently widely used in aesthetic medicine for safe and effective corrections of ageing skin.
There has been a lot of questions whether botulinum toxin (Botox) is poisonous. However, since only small doses of Botulinum toxin (Botox) are used, it is not possible to harm your health or well-being. Muscle atrophy is also not possible as denervation is only temporal (lasting for 3-12 months). Normal metabolism processes remain in muscles during the whole time.
The result is exact and predictable, the effect – long lasting and the face expression – more natural.Botulinum toxin A is extracted from bacterium Clostridium botullinum. Preparations (Vistabel) are made by Allergan Pharmaceuticals (Irvine, California, USA) in a complex process, which in the end grants that the result of injections is exact and predictable, the effect is longer lasting and the face expression is more natural.
Botox Injection Procedure
The procedure is performed by aesthetic medicine doctor of our partner clinic. Most of the time, there is no or little pain, thus the area of injection is not anesthetized before the procedure. In case of hypersensitivity, you will be provided with local anesthesia.The procedure itself lasts for several minutes: a small dose (depending on each patient) of preparation is injected to a number of points in the area. These micro injections block hyperactive muscles responsible for formation of mimic wrinkles.
Usually, the effect becomes visible in 2-7 days; however, sometimes it may take up to 14 days. The impact of evened wrinkles lasts up to 1 year. Emotions can be expressed as before, however they no longer cause face wrinkles.
Recommendations Before the Procedure
Usage of non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication is not recommended and should be avoided before the procedure.
Recommendations after the procedure
- You can return to your everyday routine immediately;
- Massaging of injected areas should be avoided for 12 hours after the procedure;
- Vertical position should be assumed for 4-5 hours after procedure;
- Any sports activities, alcohol consumption and sunbathing should be avoided during the first days after the injection;
- Overheating (e.g. hot tubs, saunas) should be avoided for 7-10 days after the injections;
- The usage of aminoglicozides and tranquilizers should be avoided for two weeks after the procedure, since the application of these preparations can diminish the effect of Botox.
At what age botox injections could be used?
Botulinum toxin (Botox) is normally used for aesthetic purposes for persons aged 18 – 65. If injections are done at young age, it blocks involuntary mimics and acts as prophylaxis of the first wrinkles. Usage in order to prevent future wrinkles is also recommended in case of very intensive muscle activity. Quite often, injections are started at the age of 30-45 when mimic wrinkles become more visible due to reduction of skin elasticity. It also common to use Botox injections to counter skin problems during the menopause at the age of 45 – 55.
How often can botox be injected?
In order to maintain a constant effect, the course of injections is performed every 4, 6 or 8 months. Yet it is not recommended to repeat Botox injections more frequently than every 3 or 4 months.
When it is not recommended to carry out the procedure?
- Illnesses with disorder of transmission of nervous impulses (e.g. myasthenia);
- Local inflammatory processes;
- Increased sensitivity to preparation components.
- Kidney disorders in anamnesis;
- Usage of anticoagulants;
- Exacerbation of somatic disorders;
- Usage of medication, which influences the activity of botuline toxin (e.g. some antibiotics, myorelaxants).
Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Increased or excess perspiration is called hyperhidrosis. It is considered to be a pathological condition, which causes individuals to experience excess spontaneous local perspiration in the areas of armpits, soles and palms. This disorder quite often causes sweating in case of even inconsiderable excitement or thoughts. What is worse, secreted sweat causes fear and thus, leads to even higher levels of perspiration.
Such simple-looking problem can lead to serious psychological problems, such as neurosis, depression and various complexes. Moreover, excess sweating is accompanied with unpleasant smell, skin irritation, dermatitis and other skin problems.
The vast majority of cases of hyperhidrosis are related to increased idiopathic local perspiration. Such sweating is said to be of idiopathic origin or essential, as the causes of it are yet unknown. This type of perspiration disorder is treated with Botulinum Toxin injections.
Botulinum toxin A injections as excessive sweating treatment
Botulinum toxin A effectively cures excessive sweating.Hyperhidrosis is effectively cured with botulinum toxin type A injections. Through a complex process, these injections block the transmission of nervous impulses to sweat glands leading to stopped perspiration in the treated area.
The procedure is absolutely safe and is performed under ambulatory conditions. During the treatment, a number of points in the projection of sweat glands are injected with botulinum toxin. It takes about 15-20 minutes to complete the procedure. The impact can be noticed within 1-3 days. The effect lasts for 6-12 months.
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- Local skin infection in the area of injection;
- Muscular/nervous system diseases.
- Usage of antibiotics and anticoagulants;
- Chronic diseases.
|Botox (Vistabel) Injections||Price in €||Price in £|
|The reference prices of Botulinum Toxin (Vistabel) Injections|
|Horizontal forehead wrinkles||120 – 175||100 – 155|
|Bridge of the nose||90 – 175||75 – 155|
|Periorbital area (around the eyes)||90 – 130||75 – 115|
|Rejuvenation. Light therapy. LED collagen lamp (price for 1 procedure)||45||40|
|Sweating treatment with botulinum toxin||290 – 380||255 – 330|
The information about Botulinum Toxin (Botox) injections was prepared by the doctors of our dermatology partner clinic – Era Esthetic. It is forbidden to copy and use the information without the permission of the authors.