December 7, 2016
Botox is an extremely popular procedure used by millions of people every year to eliminate wrinkles and expression lines.
First, a little history…
Before using any medication or applying a substance to our body, in addition to having good knowledge of the product, you must be well informed about the advantages and disadvantages.
It is interesting to know that Botox (botulinum toxin) was initially used by other medical specialties, such as ophthalmology for the treatment of strabismus, another is excessive sweating, and also migraines.
Some years ago, it began to be used for facial treatments because doctors saw that it helped to treat wrinkles and expression lines on the forehead. This made Botox become a very popular treatment because it gives such favorable results in a very short time.
What you should know about Botox
Our skin shows more wrinkles and changes as the years go by.
Botox contains a compound which helps prevent wrinkles and expression lines appearing and re-appearing, causing muscle paralysis, with results typically showing after 48 or 72 hours.
A typical treatment normally lasts about 5 or 6 months. For this reason, Botox should be repeated after 5 – 7 months.
Application of Botox
Our dermatologist, Dr Renzo Hurtado will recommend the parts of the face where the Botox will be injected.
It is not a procedure that requires anaesthesia, nor does it require allergy tests. However, a topical numbing cream may be used for your comfort.
The doctor will listen to your opinion and desires for the treatment. He will suggest and select the key points in which the Botox will be applied.
A small syringe is used in the area to be treated. The patient will feel a slight sharpness during each application, as is normal with any injection.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Botox suitable for?
This is an ideal treatment for both men and women who wish to change their image and have younger looking skin, eliminating wrinkles and expression lines in the face.
Is this treatment painful?
No, it’s not, but there may be a little discomfort. However, this disappears quickly.
When is it best to have treatment?
Botox can be applied at any time of the year.
What care should I take after treatment?
If going outside for prolonged periods, then you’ll need to wear sunscreen and a hat to protect the treated area.
How long does the effect last?
The results are partial, this means that after 5 or 7 months, the botox should be re-applied.
What can I feel during the procedure?
There may be minor itchiness,or redness at the beginning but this quickly disappears.
When will I see the results?
The final results will be seen after approximately one week.
Can I use some type of makeup afterwards?
Yes, no problem at all. Makeup has no effect on the application.
Who is it not ideal for?
Only people suffering from hypersensitivity or pregnant women will not be able to use botox.
It is important to be clear that botox does not correct the flaccidity or problems linked to pigmentation. It is also not used to eliminate wrinkles that are due to an excess sun exposure. For this, there are other procedures that are taken into account for rejuvenation, such as: facelifts, CO2 laser treatments, plasma and fillers.
Feel free to contact us for more information or to make an appointment with our English speaking Dermatologist.