Botox –or, more scientifically, botulinum toxin type A – is a cluster of proteins used in medicine since 1980, which causes muscle relaxation on the muscles where it is injected. It is an injectable application that inhibits the effect of muscle contraction locally, painlessly, without side effects and without damaging muscle or nerve fibers.
It has brought a revolution to modern Aesthetic Medicine, since it addresses dynamic facial lines and wrinkles in a non-invasive manner. More specifically, this treatment is appropriate for wrinkles in the forehead, the glabella, as well as for periocular wrinkles (crow’s feet), i.e. on the area around the eyes that contracts when we smile.
The treatment is very brief and almost painless. The doctor, following a discussion with the patient and having evaluated the nature and extend of the problem, applies injections to the problematic areas with an extremely fine needle. After the application, the patient should not be exposed to sunlight or heat for 24 hours. Furthermore, the patient should not lie down or massage the area for about 4 hours.
The patient returns to the doctor 2 weeks after the application to evaluate the effect accomplished by the treatment.
The treatment results are impressive. The face is smooth, relieved from wrinkles and it looks younger, refreshed and relaxed. The action of the drug occurs 2-3 days after the application, while its maximum effect becomes apparent approximately 2 weeks later.
The effects of this method do not last for life. However, they do last for quite a long time, which varies from 6 to 10 months. Moreover, it has been observed that, if the patient systematically repeats the treatment, the Botox effects may even last 12 months.