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How does Botox work? A guide for laymen

Everyone wants to look young as long as possible, have no wrinkles, have beautiful, smooth, supple and firm skin. Especially women have such a need, but men also care more and more about their image. Everyone is grasping at different ways to turn back time and stop the aging process. There is a moment in everyone’s life that we realize that time is passing and has its mark on our body, especially on the face. Often, after the thirties, and even more often, the first mimic wrinkles appear. This happens as a result of facial grimaces but also the loss of elasticity of collagen fibers that support the skin. Crow’s feet appear around the eyes, between the eyebrows of the lion’s wrinkle, etc. This happens regardless of whether we take care of ourselves, use physical activity, eat healthy food,are we doing nothing for ourselves.Aesthetic medicine in its offer gives the opportunity to perform many beauty treatments, one of them is botox .

What is Botox?

Botox, otherwise known as botulinum toxin, is referred to in the commercial nomenclature as botulinum toxin. Produced by anaerobic Bacillus botulinus bacteria. Popularly called botulism, because it can be found naturally in broken sausages and canned food. If botulinum toxin enters the body by ingestion it can cause serious effects of poisoning, however, injected in small amounts in the muscles does not cause harmful effects. Botox was initially used not in cosmetic procedures, but in neurology and ophthalmology. Botulinum toxin is used in medicine, even in the case of excessive muscle tension in children with cerebral palsy or people after stroke, causes its reduction. During the treatment of strabismus, apart from the health effect – the improvement of eye condition, it was observed that facial wrinkles were smoothed out. The selection of the appropriate dose and method of injecting the preparation was based on numerous attempts,but thanks to this, it has found wide application in dermatology, and in particular in aesthetic medicine. Botox use around the world became widespread in the 1980s. In Poland, botulinum toxin gained its popularity only in 1996.

How botox works

Where do wrinkles come from and how does Botox counteract them?
They arise due to excessive muscle activity in specific parts of the face. The muscle contracts when it receives the right nerve signal. Botox injection causes nerve fibers to stop sending nerve impulses, which causes muscle loss. The use of botox cosmetic surgery inhibits nervous activity, and the effect itself can persist for about six months. After this time, the botulinum toxin effect weakens, although it happens that some feel its effects even for a period of ten months. You do not need to be prepared for botox injections, no diagnostic tests are needed. A medical interview at the beginning of the visit will suffice.What should a doctor ask about to perform a botox aesthetic medicine treatment? It is certain if the person undergoing the injection does not suffer from a neurological disorder involving the weakening of muscle strength, and whether he is not pregnant or breastfeeding. Of course, he must carefully examine the skin of the face, if inflammation occurs Botox treatment must be postponed. Before starting the procedure, the doctor degreases the skin and disinfects it using a non-alcoholic preparation. There is no need for local anesthesia, just cool the skin with ice. The very administration of botox resembles a mosquito bite. The procedure takes about a dozen or so minutes. After preparing for the procedure and cooling the skin, the doctor proceeds to inject. Depending on which place will be treated,the correct amount of botox is injected. For example, when it comes to the forehead, there are eight injections, crow’s feet – three on each side. One or two injections are needed for each eyelid. After the procedure, the skin cools down and lubricates with vitamin K cream. The ointment is designed to protect the skin against bruising. However, it should be remembered that after the procedure for three hours you can not touch and massage the face, bend down and lie down. These types of activities could cause botox to move under the skin. There is no specific minimum age for the use of this procedureThe ointment is designed to protect the skin against bruising. However, it should be remembered that after the procedure for three hours you can not touch and massage the face, bend down and lie down. These types of activities could cause botox to move under the skin. There is no specific minimum age for the use of this procedureThe ointment is designed to protect the skin against bruising. However, it should be remembered that after the procedure for three hours you can not touch and massage the face, bend down and lie down. These types of activities could cause botox to move under the skin. There is no specific minimum age for the use of this procedureaesthetic medicine .

When to decide on botox?

More and more often women choose it before the age of thirty, when the first mimic wrinkles appear. Botox can also be injected as a preventive measure, it will cause that the forehead wrinkles much less often. Botox should be administered by qualified and experienced persons. Botulinum toxin acts locally, it is not absorbed by the body. However, one should not forget that this is a strong specificity and given incorrectly, or if too high a dose can lead to paralysis of facial muscles, which can persist for several months.

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