The use of herbal medicines for cosmetic purposes has been common for a long time and Botox has had therapeutic applications in the past and today the use of Botox is very common.
Botox is one of the first treatments approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Botox is used to temporarily relieve forehead lines, moderate to severe frown lines, necklines, crow’s feet lines, reduce sweating in adults, and treat migraines.
Botox, or botulinum type A, has been used since the 1980s to treat ocular aberrations or strabismus. Botox was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989 for the treatment of unilateral eyebrow and face spasms, then in 2004 for Botox for axillary and body sweating, and 2010 for migraine.
Botox is now one of the most popular beauty products in the world, especially in the United States, especially among celebrities, especially Hollywood actors.
The important thing about Botox is that there is no cream or topical solution or supplement that can replace Botox injections, and all the advertising is just commercial advertising.
What is Botox?
Botox is an injectable drug that paralyzes muscles and destroys skin lines. Temporarily disables nerve function. Botox is composed of the toxin Clostridium botulinum A. It is one of the deadliest toxins in nature. A type of bacterium commonly found in canned foods such as tuna. Oral consumption of this bacterium leads to severe food poisoning. 70 mg of this toxin can kill a 70 kg human. However, using new techniques, this toxin combines with hemagglutinin and albumin protein and is used for topical and intramuscular injection without any risk. And causes temporary muscle paralysis.
Botox injection takes between 3 to 5 minutes. The effect of Botox appears within 2 to 3 days and its effect reaches its peak within 2 weeks, which is a variable duration and depends on the type of drug and the reaction of each person’s skin. Necessary care should be taken after the injection and there is no need to rest.
Beauty applications of Botox
Blur the frown line between the eyebrows
- Treatment of wrinkles on both sides of the eye or the same as crow’s feet wrinkles
- Eliminate horizontal lines on the forehead
- Neck wrinkles
- Lift and lift the corners of the lips
- Nasal lift
Therapeutic applications of Botox
- Jumping eye muscles and jumping eyelids
- Neck muscle spasm
- Chronic migraine
Active or overactive bladder
Excessive body sweating (hyperhidrosis)
Neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy (cerebral palsy)
Who is not allowed to inject?
- People with the active phase of autoimmune disease
- People with a history of muscle weakness
- The presence of foci of inflammation or inflammation or skin malignancies near the Botox injection site
- People who have a history of allergies to their previous injections
Durability of Botox
The shelf life of Botox is between 4 to 6 months and this shelf life depends on many factors such as physiological body and lifestyle and most importantly the brand of Botox and its concentration.
After the effect of Botox, Botox can be injected again to prevent the skin from returning to its previous state. The interval between injections is at least 4 months.
What factors reduce the effect of Botox?
People with underlying diseases such as liver problems, hyperthyroidism, and hypothyroidism, inflammatory skin diseases such as active acne or autoimmune skin diseases, and diseases related to neurotransmitters face a decrease in the effectiveness and durability of Botox. To be.
- Use solar or sunbathing
- Local heat
- High physical activity
Botox is less durable in people with a high metabolism.
Is Botox reversible?
All the effects of Botox are neutralized for at least 3 months and up to 6 months, and if even a person wants to get rid of its effects prematurely, the effect of Botox can be partially eliminated by treating certain drugs.
In very rare cases, less than 5%, the effect of Botox may be neutralized due to the body’s allergic reaction and the production of antibodies in the person.
So far, no adverse allergic reactions have been reported to Botox injections.
Care after Botox injection
Avoid taking anticoagulants such as aspirin, warfarin, and Plavix 48 hours before and 24 hours after Botox injections. It is necessary to consult a doctor before the injection.
- Do not bend your head down for up to 6 hours.
Do not lie down for 5 to 6 hours after the injection.
- Avoid makeup, makeup and use any cream for up to 24 hours after injection.
Avoid touching your forehead for up to 24 hours.
It is forbidden to cry for 3 weeks.
- The use of certain drugs reduces the effectiveness and durability of Botox.
Avoid eyebrow and face tattoos, hairdryers, and hair color for a week.
- Smoking and alcohol reduce the shelf life of Botox.
- The effect of bruising, swelling, redness, and hematoma disappears within 2 weeks.
Side effects of Botox
Headache Symptoms and pain similar to the common cold are the main side effects of Botox. And in rare cases, drooping eyelids and eyebrows appear.
The toxin can be spread in the body in very rare cases. See your doctor after a few hours to a few weeks if you have any of these symptoms:
- Muscle weakness
- Vision problems
- Respiratory problems
Difficulty swallowing or speaking
- Loss of admin control