Goodbye to crow’s feet. Out with the frown line. Raise those eyebrows. Long live your rejuvenated looks! All that (and more) manages to make the botulinum toxin, Botox, famous!
We reveal what to expect from this aesthetic technique that continues without losing an iota of popularity.
Anti wrinkle injections using Botox paralyse specific muscles, for example, those around the eyes and between the eyebrows. It is among the most common aesthetic treatments sought nowadays. It is logical: a few drops are enough to put a stop to crow’s feet, raise the eyebrows and eliminate frowns.
But it is so popular that there are numerous false myths surrounding it: we discovered everything you wanted to know about Botox, but never asked.
Where does the name Botox come from?
To start, let’s be clear. We shouldn’t be talking about Botox, because this is a trading name. In the same way that Kleenex and Tampax are brands that have come to give names to a product, Botox is the commercial name of one of the types of botulinum toxin type A from Allergan laboratories. The word is made up of the first syllables of botulinum toxin in English.
There are other botulinum toxins type A such as Azzalure, Xeomin, Bocouture or Dysport. Some are for medical use, for example, to treat blepharospasm, chronic migraines, spasticity after a stroke and others, for aesthetic use, such as wrinkle reduction.
How does it work?
Botulinum toxin blocks the signal that the nerves send to the muscles, temporarily paralysing them. By not being able to contract, these muscles relax, which prevents the wrinkles typical of this movement from forming. It can be used both to smooth existing wrinkles – or prevent them – and to ‘shape’ the eyelid and eyebrow area, giving them a more awake and fresh expression, and rejuvenated look.
What is the best age to have the first Botox treatment?
Before the first wrinkles appear. In this case, once again, prevention is much better than cure. Age depends a lot on the anatomy of each person: some are 25 years old and already have a marked frown line. Others, on the other hand, reach 40 without such problems.
The most advisable thing is to perform very gentle treatments that prevent the wrinkle from forming, as it is still a ‘break’ of the skin. It is much easier to prevent the wrinkle from appearing than to repair it once present.
Another advantage is that, if the treatment is started early, in a preventive way, less amount of product will be needed and the infiltrations can be done more widely.
Does that mean that, if you already have crow’s feet, it is too late to fix them with Botox? No, improvement is always observed, although perhaps it will be somewhat less obvious.
Are the results permanent?
No. Its effect lasts for approximately four to six months. Repeated treatments make it possible to re-educate gestures and modify muscle balances: in this way you can achieve residual effects that remain even though the effects have already passed. The ideal is to make light and discreet touch-ups regularly to maintain the results and adapt them to the physiognomy.
Is the treatment painful?
Depending on the patient’s wishes, the doctor may apply a little numbing cream to the puncture area to avoid discomfort.
Can you get back to normal life right away after it?
Yes, it is recommended not to lie down or turn upside down in the four to eight hours afterwards or to take a plane in the following 24 to 48 hours. You should also avoid drinking alcohol, but the treatment allows you to return to normal life immediately. Perhaps there may be some small bruises in the area of the puncture that disappear at the same rate as any other bruise.
Can it be combined with other treatments?
Yes, Botox is fully compatible with other aesthetic procedures such as hyaluronic acid fillers, peels, IPL, or revitalization with plasma or vitamins, among many others.
Are the results immediate?
No. They are seen progressively from 36 to 48 hours and complete results are from day 14 post-treatment.