TREATMENTS > BOTOX
What is botox?
Botox is a drug produced from botulinum toxin. It is not an active poison but a protein that weakens and inactivates muscles. This substance is another example of how a natural product can help solve a medical problem. Thus, the first clinical use of botox was to treat patients with crossed eyes, providing a perfect alternative to surgery. Once botox was declared successful, botox began to be used also in other eye disorders such as the nystagmus and blepharoplasty (eyelid involuntary movement) as well as in the field of gastroenterology, neurology, and perhaps, as it is best known today, in that of cosmetics.
Treatment with botox
Over time, expression marks and aging signs cause a series of unsightly wrinkles to appear on the face, especially in the forehead, between eyebrows and eye contour—known as crow’s feet—and mouth.
Until the appearance of botox, no treatment was able to avoid the rapid recurrence of these wrinkles. Peels and laser resurfacing techniques could eliminate them, yes, but they slowly reappeared. Now, and thanks to a treatment which combines botox with resurfacing, these wrinkles not only disappear, they do so for long periods of time. This treatment involves the injection of the substance directly into the muscle, achieving muscle relaxation and causing the wrinkle to disappear without any risk of losing expressiveness or mobility of the muscle in question.
This treatment is absolutely safe. The amount of botox used for an aesthetic session is minimal, around 50 units, while for botox to be toxic to the body, the application would require more than 2,000 units at once. Effects in these sessions will only affect the muscle. Even if botox was accidentally injected into a nerve or blood vessel there would be no harmful effect on the nervous system or any other function of the body.
Frequently asked questions
What can I expect after botox therapy?
Botox is a particularly safe therapeutic agent for the treatment of wrinkles. Complications are minimal and always transitory. Slight pain and bruises may appear, or small bruises on those points being administered the injection, especially if the patient has taken some type of anticoagulant medicine such as aspirin, which is why the discontinuation of these drugs is recommended. To prevent the appearance, you can use ice and apply K-Vit clarifying cream is recommended, twice a day, on the injected area.
How long does the effect of botox last?
The weakening of the muscle starts 24 to 48 hours after the injection and the maximum weakening of the muscle is determined in seven days. The paralysis of the muscle after the first injection lasts between four and seven months in most patients.
How often do I need a reinjection?
Reinjection, in order to keep the muscles paralyzed and allow wrinkles to fade is recommended every four or six months. Once the area is completely smooth, instructions are given to the patient to go back to treatment when the muscle movement returns. This usually occurs between a period of 4 to 12 months, sometimes later.
Who should refrain from using botox?
Although no birth defects have been recorded by the use of this drug pregnant women should not be treated. Another of our policies is not to inject botox on patients who are breastfeeding.
Similarly, we do not treat with botox patients whose medical history included neuromuscular disorders such as multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis.
Treatment with botox in Valencia
• Dr. Gabriel Serrano Sanmiguel