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11 May What is botox ?
The term Botox is often used to refer to the treatment of all types of cosmetic injections including hyaluronic acid dermal fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm, bio stimulants such as Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite) , Sculptra (Poly L Lactic Acid) and of course Botulinum toxin such as Botox Cosmetic and Dysport.
Botulinum toxin is used to weaken hyperactive muscles that cause wrinkles or make people look mad, sad or tired in men and women.
One of the most common wrinkles people want to treat are the wrinkles between the eyebrows called the glabella commonly referred to as the “11”. Crow’s feet are the second most common wrinkles to be treated, these are the lines on the sides of the eyes, caused by squinting in sunlight. Other areas that can be treated with botulinum toxin are the forehead, the brow, the chin and the neck.
Other uses for botulinum toxin include reshaping the jaw line popular among Asian patients with prominent masseter (jaw) muscles, treating teeth grinding (bruxism), TMJ syndrome and treating excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
What to expect and how to get the best results
Botox is a liquid in its reconstituted form, it is injected with very small needles and usually does not hurt or cause any bruising. The effect starts within a few days, reaches its full effect after 14 days and can last 3 months or longer. The goal in using botox is to soften harsh expressions and wrinkles while preserving natural movements and facial expressions. Wrinkles that are very deep and permanent can also be treated with dermal fillers and platelet rich plasma to provide volume and stimulate new collagen formation.
To make the results last longer, avoid contracting the muscles that were treated by not squinting, scowling or frowning to routinely express yourself. Alternatively, treat the concerned area with botox every 3-4 months.Read more