Facts about Botox Treatments
- Botox temporarily reduces or removes wrinkles by paralyzing certain muscles in the face
- Botox does not help with the static wrinkles caused by sunlight or age
- It can take 2-3 weeks before you can see the full effect of the Botox injections, which typically last for 3-4 months, after which the treatment must be repeated
What is Botox?
The poison Botox is also known as the brand name Botox, where there are also other equivalents such as Dysport and Vistabel. The toxin is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Ingestion of these bacteria can cause the rare but dangerous sausage poisoning, also called botulism .
Botox is widely used throughout the world, among other things to relieve painful spasms (muscle spasms) in people with spastic paralysis. But the preparation is best known for treating wrinkles.
What is the purpose?
Botox reduces the muscles’ ability to contract in the exact areas where the toxin is injected. It therefore does not affect the rest of the body and is therefore not dangerous, as sausage poisoning is.
Botox reduces the visibility of wrinkles where it is injected, most often in the furrows of the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes. The treatment can be combined with other substances which are injected and fill in the facial skin (fillers), laser treatment or cosmetic surgery .
Botox can also help certain people who have inappropriate involuntary facial muscle movements after previous facial paralysis (fascial palsy)
Treatment with botulinum toxin type A
It is the muscle paralyzing effect in the poison that is used to treat facial wrinkles. Botox blocks a signal substance that the nerves in the body use to send messages to e.g. muscles. This leads to the nerves not being able to send the messages to the muscles that they should, so that the muscles do not contract.
How does the treatment take place?
The face is first thoroughly cleaned. Small doses of Botox are then injected into the muscles just under the skin at selected locations. The facial muscles, which lie just under the skin, become completely or partially paralyzed.
The treatment can be a little uncomfortable and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. You may feel a mild redness for a few hours after the injection. You should not massage or rub your face for the first 24 hours after the treatment.
You can see that the skin is smoothed out and the wrinkles become less visible. Botox paralyzes only the specific muscles that have been treated. It is your dynamic or muscle-dependent wrinkles that are affected. There have been reports that Botox can also paralyze muscles outside the desired area, but with proper use this is rare.
Botox does not help with the static wrinkles caused by sunlight or age. Laser treatment can provide better results in treating this type of wrinkles.
The results are often visible after 3-8 days, but it can take 2-3 weeks before you can see the full effect of the treatment. The effect of the Botox injections lasts for 3-4 months, and the injection must be repeated several times a year.
The wrinkle-free effect tends to last longer if you have more treatments because the muscles become thinner due to inactivity.
It is very difficult to predict exactly how botulinum toxin type A injections will work on your facial muscles. You should be prepared that you may not get the result you expect.
Side effects after Botox treatment are rare. Occasionally, people who have received Botox in the forehead may find that the eyelids and eyebrows droop a little. This disappears when the effect of Botox wears off, but lasts as long as the desired effect.
A few get temporary headaches after treatment. Serious allergic reactions are rare.
In rare cases, double vision and blurred vision may occur. In these cases you should see a doctor.