What is BOTOX (Botulinum toxin)?
Botox is a drug obtained by the purification of toxin from the “Clostridium botulinum” bacteria. Botox was approved by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) in 2002 for cosmetic purposes and has been used in various muscular disorders and the treatment of strabismus for more than 20 years.
Botox is the golden standard in the treatment of wrinkles developing due to our mimics and causes the muscle in the application region to relax by temporarily decreasing its function. The appearance of wrinkles therefore becomes less marked and the formation of new wrinkles is prevented with regular applications.
Botox is also successfully used for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) in addition to the treatment of wrinkles. It causes a major decrease in sweat production by blocking the function of the nerves in the application areas. The unpleasant image and smell of clothes that reduce the quality of life can therefore be avoided.
What are the materials used in BOTOX applications?
Botox is actually the first commercial form of Botulinum toxin to be introduced to the market. Another Botulinum toxin used in our country is Dysport.
Where is BOTOX applied?
- Horizontal wrinkles on the forehead,
- ‘Angry’ line between the eyebrows,
- Crow’s feet,
- Bunny lines at the edge of the nose,
- Cigarette lines above the lip,
- Undesirable lines on the chin,
- Transverse lines in the neck region,
- Palms, soles and underarm region for excessive sweating.
- It is also successfully used to lift or lower the eyebrows, lift the nose tip, and sharpen the chin line.
How long does the effect of BOTOX last?
The effect of Botox starts on approximately the 3rd day and reaches its maximum in 7-10 days. The effect continues for 4-6 months based on personal factors. Repeating the application at the end of this period is recommended.
The effect of botox application for excessive sweating lasts longer at 6-10 months. The effect duration is prolonged with regular applications.
How is a BOTOX application performed?
The muscle groups to which Botox will be administered are determined by the request of the patient at the direction of the physician. The procedure is usually painless. However, local anesthetic creams may be applied before the procedure if the pain threshold of the patient is low. After a mean duration of 20 minutes, Botox is applied with very fine-tipped syringes. The procedure takes about 5-10 minutes.
What are the important issues after a BOTOX application?
One should avoid the following for 4 hours after the application:
- Bending the head backward or forward,
- Massaging the application areas,
- Taking a shower,
- Going to a sauna or Turkish bath,
- Sports activities.