Botox is a fast, painless and a very effective treatment method in the battle against wrinkles. It effectively replaces classical surgical methods such as face-lifting of the upper and middle third of the face.
Botox is not poisonous, but a purified protein derived from the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum, which after a long-term clinical trial was approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in 2002 as a treatment for a wrinkles.
The effect of botox is based on the fact that the neuro-muscular synapse prevents the transmission of nerve impulses from nerve fibers, leading to the inhibition of muscle contractions. This results in muscle relaxation and improved wrinkle appearance.
It is most commonly used to remove wrinkles between the eyes (“frown lines”), forehead wrinkles and wrinkles around the eyes (“crows feet”).
Treatment should not be performed if there is an infection at the injection site, in cases of allergies to certain substances or if you have a neuro-muscular disorder (myasthenia gravis or Eaton Lambert syndrome).
Concurrent administration of botox with aminoglycoside antibiotics, spectinomycin, or other drugs that disrupt neuromuscular transmission is not recommended. Botox treatment is also not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The treatment itself is pleasant and takes about 30 minutes including all preparations. Prior to the botox treatment, a topical anesthetic numbing cream is applied to the injection area and left for 15 minutes.
Results take about 10 days to be visible. The effects of botox will be noticeable for an average of 4 to 6 months, and after several treatments the effect may last longer. At least 3 months needs to pass in between treatments.
At DCM we only use the highest quality products – Vistabel by Allergan, which comes in 100 unit and 50 unit (“baby botox“) vials.
Possible side effects include hematomas (bruises) at the injection sites, which pass after a few days and are easily covered with mineral-based powders immediately after treatment.
After treatment, no alcohol should be consumed and exercise should be avoided for the next 24 hours. The treated area should not be touched nor should any cosmetic treatments be performed for a week. After botox treatment, it is not recommended to lie down (lying down position) for4 hours and sleeping on your back is also recommended. Saunas and tanning beds should be avoided for the next couple of days.
For detailed instructions or answers to your questions on botox, contact our dental clinic.