Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It’s the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism. Doctors use it in small doses to treat health problems, including
- Temporary smoothing of facial wrinkles and improving your appearance
- Severe underarm sweating
- Cervical dystonia – a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions
- Blepharospasm – uncontrollable blinking
- Strabismus – misaligned eyes
- Chronic migraine
- Overactive bladder
Botox injections work by weakening or paralyzing certain muscles or by blocking certain nerves. The effects last about three to twelve months, depending on what you are treating. The most common side effects are pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site. You could also have flu-like symptoms, headache, and upset stomach. Injections in the face may also cause temporary drooping eyelids. You should not use Botox if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
BOTULINUM TOXIN INJECTIONS FOR MIMIC WRINKLES CORRECTION
Various aesthetic medicine techniques are applied for elimination of face skin involutional and structure changes, hyperdynamic and static wrinkles, skin excess. Botulinum toxin A is most widely used preparation for non-surgical correction of mimic wrinkles.
The first mimic wrinkles usually start forming at a young age due to constantly repeated emotional expression as well as due to inherent tendency to start emerging in case of increased activity of certain muscles. The nature of these wrinkles is determined during the adolescence period and they become persistent gradually.
Wrinkles are always characterized by individual picture. Barely visible at first, these wrinkles become more visible and deeper in time. Their kinetic types are distinguished.
Kinetic – formed by the movement of face muscles directly related to emotional expressions and completely even up during the rest period.
Hyperkinetic wrinkles are usually more expressive in the forehead, bridge and periorbital area (around eyes), causing mostly occurring aesthetical discomfort. Constant, repetitive and too intensive activity of face muscles is one of the provocative factors of the development of mimic wrinkles accelerating the involutional processes. These wrinkles are mostly visible with the movement of muscles that move more frequently and are not always related to expressed emotions, and during longer period of rest they even up, e.g., during sleep, wrinkles usually leave soft “path” at the beginning that becomes more deep in time.
Hypertonic wrinkles. Even during the rest period the muscles are intense, therefore, they cannot become fully loose and do not depend on human will.
Static wrinkles are formed due to degenerative changes in face skin and muscle apparatus that are related to ageing tissue changes are also stimulated by environmental factors (UV rays exposure, gravitation, harmful habits, etc.). These are mostly visible during the rest period when no movements are made.
IS IT SAFE?
Year 1987 was a significant push in aesthetic medicine. It was for the first time, when A. and J. Carruthers used botulinum toxin A for cosmetic purposes. Since then, the discovered influence of botulinum toxin has launched the era of non-surgical correction of mimic wrinkles. Once known to be a poison, Botulinum toxin has started to be widely used in aesthetic medicine for safe and effective correction of ageing skin changes.
There has been various myths lingering in the air.
One of them – whether botulinum toxin is poisonous? It is not possible to be poisoned with botulinum toxin as only small doses of preparation are used. Injections are made to specific muscles responsible for formation of mimic wrinkles.
Is muscle atrophy possible? Muscle atrophy is impossible since denervation is only temporary and is fully restored within 3-12 months. Normal metabolism processes remain in muscles during the whole time.
Botulinum toxin A is extracted from bacterium Clostridium botullinum. Preparation (Vistabel) Allergan Pharmaceuticals (Irvine, California, USA) – botulinum toxin A contained in a complex the molecular mass of which conditions the lower diffusion of preparation ant that means exact, predictable result, longer lasting effect and more natural face expression.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Botulinum toxin targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Our doctors will inject these muscles with botox to temporarily reduce muscle activity. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows.
Wrinkles result from a combination of many factors. It’s not just about cellular changes that can occur over time, reduction of collagen, or damage caused by free radicals in the sun and the environment. When you frown or concentrate, the muscles between your brows contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. And when you squint, the muscles around your eyes contract and cause crow’s feet.
Botox works beneath the skin’s surface and targets the underlying muscle activity that causes frown lines and crow’s feet.
For the crow’s feet area, our doctors will inject 3 areas of the orbicularis oculi, the muscle that frames the side of the eye. This will be repeated on the orbicularis oculi muscle on the other eye.
Injecting botox into the muscles that cause crow’s feet lines temporarily reduces the activity of those muscles. The result is a reduction in the appearance of those lines.
For the frown lines area, our specialists will administer 5 injections into muscles in your forehead—1 in the procerus muscle and 4 in the corrugator muscles.
Injecting botox into the muscles that cause frown lines temporarily reduces the activity of those muscles. The result is a reduction in the appearance of those lines.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WITH TREATMENT?
Real, noticeable results. You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines, with results lasting up to 4 months.
Some patients report that being injected with botox feels like a pinch. Our specialists may use ice to numb the treatment area. If you are concerned about discomfort, your specialist may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment.
The actual injection process takes about 10 minutes. Our specialists will discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate treatment areas for you.
You’ll look like yourself—only with less noticeable frown lines and crow’s feet. Botox is a technique-sensitive treatment. You should not lose the ability to show expression when you are treated by someone who is licensed, trained, and a medical expert in facial anatomy.
Return to your daily routine. Treatment requires minimal downtime or recovery; it’s often called a lunchtime procedure. You’ll be able to go about your normal routine immediately after you leave your specialist’s office.
Cost considerations. Your cost not only includes the price of the product, but more importantly, the skill and expertise of the specialist or healthcare professional who is administering your treatment.
Botox is a technique-sensitive treatment—look for someone who is licensed and trained and has experience treating patients with botulinum toxin.
Be wary of discount products or “cheap” botox—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
It is more important to find an experienced specialist who will take the time to understand your treatment goals and develop a treatment plan that is right for you. Well, this is something we can truly guarantee in our practice with the experience of our Doctor Irina Yungareva.
|1 Unit||14 лв.|
|Frown Lines Area||280-400 лв.|
|Crow’s Feet Area||150-200 лв.|
|Whole Face||430-600 лв.|