What is botulinum toxin and how does it act on the skin?

Botox is one of the trade names for botulinum toxin type A, which is used to block muscle nerve endings, without paralyzing them, relaxing them.

It eliminates expression wrinkles in the upper third of the face, eliminating a dull and tired appearance, without detracting from its naturalness. It is also used for the treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), bruxism (nocturnal dental friction) and migraines.

Can “everyone” use Botox and are there any contraindications?

In principle, any patient could be treated with botulinum toxin, only people with neuromuscular diseases (e.g. myasthenia), egg allergy or pregnant women are contraindicated.

How is Botox different from other facial rejuvenation treatments, such as hyaluronic acid or other substances?

In that its effects are different, the toxin, contrary to what is believed, does not fill, but relaxes the muscles involved in the formation of wrinkles, and muscle hypertonicity that causes pain (bruxism, migraines), etc.. While hyaluronic acid does fill and is used for facial repositioning, to recover lost volume or to hydrate the skin in depth.

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When will you opt for Botox and when will you opt for other techniques?

If we want to eliminate wrinkles in the upper third of the face we will use toxin, but if we want to hydrate or tighten the face we will use other techniques, such as hyaluronic acid fillers, tensor threads or collagen inducers.

When will the results be visible and how long will they last?

The toxin begins to take effect 72 hours after its injection, reaching its maximum effect after 10-15 days. Its average duration is between 3 and 6 months.

Other questions that patients often ask are:

Does it hurt to put on botulinum toxin?

No, it is practically painless. It is injected with very fine needles.

Do I have to follow any recommendations after getting the toxin?

It is advisable to stay 4 hours without any kind of exercise, do not wear a motorcycle helmet or lie down. After 4 hours you can lead a normal life.

Can I go to work after the treatment?

Yes, you can work and lead a completely normal life right after the session, respecting those 4 hours without making sudden movements.

Will my face be expressionless?

No, but to avoid this “frozen” effect it is essential to be in the hands of specialists in Aesthetic Medicine with experience in the administration of botulinum toxin.