What is Botox? What should you know?

30 April 2017 — Rejuvenating injections

Are you looking for an effective treatment for your overly visible expression lines that age your face? Are you wondering whether Botox® injections might help you get rid of them? Here, we’ll answer your questions to make this medical-cosmetic procedure less of a mystery for you.

What is Botox® made of?
Botox® is a synthetic substance made of the type-A botulinum toxin, purified and attenuated. This toxin acts as a motor nerve relaxant, which means that it limits motor function by reducing muscle contractility. Since the contraction activity of the muscles is thereby reduced, the development of permanent wrinkles is slowed. Used for cosmetic purposes for over 15 years, the botulinum toxin is used only in low doses to prevent any undesirable outcome.

Which wrinkles can be treated?
Forehead wrinkles, the intersuperciliary fold, and crow’s feet are the areas generally targeted by Botox® injections. Depending on the case, more advanced techniques can also help treat drooping eyelids, gummy smiles, or even wrinkly-looking necks or cheeks. By using Botox®, it’s possible to prevent the appearance of wrinkles and stop their growth while preserving the appearance of an expressive face.

What happens during a Botox® injection session?
Botox® injections must be performed by a doctor with the necessary skills and experience in this area. An injection session begins with an adequate preparation of the injectable, which involves mixing the type-A botulinum toxin, which looks like a white powder, with a dose of sterile saline solution. This liquid preparation is then injected using a micro needle in small quantities into the localized muscles responsible for the formation of wrinkles. The number of units used depends on the strength of the muscle in question and the initial condition of the skin. The treatment takes about 15 to 30 minutes and doesn’t involve any recovery time.

What does the toxin do?
The type-A botulinum toxin can’t damage the affected muscles. Instead, it acts on the nerves by blocking the passage of the nerve impulses responsible for muscle contraction, thus reducing the appearance of expression lines. Botox® has not only cosmetic but also therapeutic virtues. In particular, it’s used to prevent and treat other symptoms, such as excessive sweating, blepharospasm, strabismus, and even muscle tension.

When will the effects of the treatm
The muscle relaxant effect is gradual and will start to appear 3 to 10 days after the injection. During the contraction of the muscles, the folds of the skin will thus become less and less visible. Depending on the patient and the area treated, the optimal effects can be seen 1 to 4 weeks after the injection, and will last for 3 to 6 months. The treatment should then be repeated after this period and can be combined with volumizing injections for an overall rejuvenation of the face.

The effectiveness of Botox® has been demonstrated countless times since the very first time it was used in the medical field over 30 years ago. Botox® injections are among the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures in North America and have been approved by leading international health organizations.


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