Botox is one of the most famous cosmetic procedures in the world. Around 6 million injections are given worldwide each year, making the procedure one of the most discussed.
At first glance, Botox looks like an incredibly fast and instant solution for treating fine lines and wrinkles. But what exactly is injected? What is the procedure itself and for whom is it suitable? Here’s what you need to know if you want to undergo the procedure.
What is Botox?
Botox comes from a neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulinum. The product of this bacterium is botulinum toxin, which is used in small doses to treat facial wrinkles on the face and neck. Botox can be a solution to a variety of medical problems, from wrinkles to reducing excessive sweating and even treating a condition in which the gums are visible as you smile.
When is it applied?
Botox is used in cases when you want to smooth wrinkles on the face and neck, for a more youthful appearance. In addition, Botox controls unwanted sweating on the face and especially on the forehead. It is successful for smoothing wrinkles between the eyebrows, around the eyes (so-called crow’s feet), and on the forehead. It can change the general appearance of the face, erasing the tired look.
Is the procedure painful?
The procedure itself is not painful. The manipulation with the injection of the toxin lasts from 5 to 10 minutes, and the effect of it manifests itself after 2 – 5 days and initially lasts about 6 months.
Who is the procedure suitable for?
Because the procedure is used to treat facial wrinkles, it is usually applied to older patients. However, the minimum recommended age at which you can undergo this procedure is 30 years.
– After the procedure, avoid touching your face, especially the injected areas;
– Avoid SPA treatments and hot rooms such as a sauna and steam bath for at least 1-2 weeks after the procedure;
– Avoid intense exercise for a few days after the procedure;
– Avoid lying down for the first 4 hours after the procedure;
– Avoid flying in the first 48 hours after the procedure.