The application of botox is indicated in patients who have wrinkles of expression since they have a powerful muscle that produces a significant contraction and a very noticeable wrinkle. The muscles are not the same in all people; in some, they are thinner, others thicker, with more or less activity.
To obtain a good result, it is necessary to select a patient who has a marked function of the muscle. The strength of the muscle is related to the depth of the wrinkle.
What does the treatment consist of?
The patient is evaluated, the type of wrinkles he has, and if they can be corrected with Botox. It should be mentioned that not all wrinkles can be treated in this way.
The procedure is very fast. You should look for a botox application scheme, that is, mark the areas where it will be administered. Then the substance is injected, and the procedure is practically finished. To eliminate pain, ice, or a little anesthetic gel can be used, which must be removed at the time of application so that it does not interfere with the effect.
In which areas can it be applied?
Magnificent results have been obtained in the wrinkles that appear in the eyebrows (frowning), in the forehead, and in the “crow’s feet” that are formed by the movement of the periorbicularis muscle.
Normally it is necessary to take care that some areas of application are reserved, for example: in the case of the forehead, avoid touching the muscles that raise the eyebrows, since if these are inhibited, the patient is observed with drooping eyelids.
How long after should it be reapplied?
Botox is a temporary inhibitor of muscle contraction. The effect that we achieve when applying it to a patient is that the muscle stops contracting for an approximate period of 4 to 6 months. As applied repetitively, the effect tends to last a little longer, reaching up to 7 or 8 months. The duration of the effect can be affected by different circumstances:
- If the person has previously received botulinum toxin and his body recognizes it as foreign, this can cause him to have antibodies, and the effect is less.
- It is necessary to use a stable botulinum toxin, well prepared, and that there are no failures in its management so that it does not lose its effect.
At what age is it recommended to use it?
It depends on both age and wrinkles. There may be a 60-year-old who does not have wrinkles or a 30-year-old who has many. This depends on the type of muscles and the form of expression. If the person wishes, as soon as they have some wrinkles, it is the ideal time to apply it.
How long after the results are seen?
After injecting the botox, it begins to take effect between 48 and 72 hours. The patient notes that he cannot contract the muscle no matter how hard he tries. That effect becomes full or complete between 7 and 10 days after it was injected.
What are other applications given to botox?
Another injection site is the neck, and it has recently been shown that it can significantly reduce excessive sweating. The substance is injected into the armpit, and after 6 to 9 months, the patient sweats again, although with less intensity. It can also be applied to the hands and feet.