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Wrinkle smoothing - Botox

Smoothing out mimetic wrinkles using Botox - botulinum toxin. Botox is an original preparation for temporarily eliminating wrinkles and lines in the forehead area and outer corners of the eyes. It blocks the transmission of impulses between nerve endings and the muscles they innervate. The result of the botulinum toxin's action is muscle relaxation and smoothing of mimetic wrinkles.

Injections of botulinum toxin have been used for years in the treatment of neurological, surgical, and dermatological conditions.

It is a safe preparation because the doses used to smooth wrinkles average 20-40 units for women and 30-50 for men, while toxic doses for humans range from 2.5 to 3 thousand units.

Botulinum toxin is administered using a single-use syringe equipped with a very thin needle. A small amount of the preparation is precisely injected into several places on the face. The procedure is short, taking about 15-20 minutes. The pain associated with injections is minimal. The procedure does not require local anesthesia (numbing cream like Emla can be applied 30 minutes before the procedure).

Botulinum toxin starts to take effect after 2-3 days from the injection. The full therapeutic effect is visible only after 7-10 days. A follow-up visit to the doctor who performed the procedure is recommended after two weeks for possible corrections. The effect lasts an average of 6 months, depending on individual body characteristics. After the complete cessation of the botulinum toxin's action, the procedure should be repeated.

Botulinum toxin therapy for aesthetic purposes is relatively simple, performed on an outpatient basis, requires no specific diagnostic tests, and the patient can return to their daily activities immediately after its completion.

Before administering botulinum toxin injections, the doctor is obliged to conduct an interview, taking into account contraindications, inform the patient about potential side effects, and explain post-procedural care.

Here are a few positive aspects related to the use of Botox:

- Reduction of mimetic wrinkles: Botox is often used to reduce mimetic wrinkles, especially in the forehead area, between the eyebrows (frown lines), and around the eyes ("crow's feet"). The toxin blocks nerve impulses that cause muscle contractions, leading to temporary muscle relaxation and a reduction in the visibility of wrinkles.

- Improvement of skin appearance: Botox can improve the overall appearance of the skin, giving it smoothness and a younger look.

- Treatment of hyperhidrosis: Botox can be used in the treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Toxin injections block nerve signals that cause excessive sweating in certain areas of the body, such as the armpits, hands, or feet.

- Treatment of migraines: Botox has been approved for the treatment of chronic migraines in some patients. It works by blocking certain pain receptors.

- Correction of facial asymmetry: Botox can be used to correct facial asymmetry by controlled weakening of specific muscles.

- Treatment of certain medical conditions: In addition to cosmetic applications, Botox can be used in the treatment of various medical conditions, such as muscle tremors, muscle spasms, or urinary incontinence.

Botox is considered relatively safe when administered by an experienced specialist. However, like any medical procedure, it may involve the risk of side effects such as swelling, redness, or short-term headaches. It is essential for patients to be aware of these potential effects, and the procedure should be carried out with due caution.

It is widely used in aesthetic medicine to reduce mimetic wrinkles but also for shaping facial contours and improving proportions. It can also be utilized to diminish vertical lines on the neck, known as "turkey neck" wrinkles.

The duration of the effects of Botox may vary from person to person, but on average, it lasts from 3 to 6 months. Regular repetition of the procedure is necessary to maintain the desired results.

Certain health conditions and situations may be contraindications to the use of Botox. These include pregnancy, breastfeeding, allergies to the components of the preparation, and certain neurological disorders. Before performing the procedure, the doctor must thoroughly assess the patient's medical history.

After the Botox procedure, it is recommended to schedule a follow-up visit after a few weeks to assess the effects and make any necessary adjustments.

In addition to traditional aesthetic applications, Botox is finding increasingly broader use in medicine, including the treatment of hyperhidrosis, migraines, muscle tremors, or urinary incontinence.

However, it is important to remember that although Botox has positive applications, it is a medical procedure that should be carried out by a qualified specialist. All procedures in aesthetic medicine, including the use of Botox, should be conducted in accordance with medical recommendations and standards. There is also a risk of side effects, so it is crucial for patients to be adequately informed and have realistic expectations regarding the results of the procedure.

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