Do you dare to Botox?
By Dr. Carlos Rosales
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Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is a natural toxin that, when reduced, is useful in medicine. This toxin is widely recognized by its use in aesthetic medicine, but it is also used in other medical practices like neurology and gastroenterology, among others.
Botulinum toxin comes from the Clostridium Botulinum bacteria that blocks contact between the nerves and the muscles, producing a paralysis which could be deadly in a toxic situation, but is very useful when applied in small, controlled quantities.
Botulinum toxin works magic in reducing facial expression lines. The toxin is placed in different areas of the muscles, mainly on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes (crow’s feet). Sometimes it is applied on the neck, chin, nose, and even the body.
When a person uses lots of facial gestures in communicating, progressive lines of expression develop which create scarring of the skin. Botox helps avoid this scarring damage and prevents wrinkles from progressing or developing.
It is important to remember that this toxin is not a filler; it is not applied to add volume but is simply injected to relax or paralyze the muscles of expression.
If Botox is injected in large quantities, it can alter the expression of the patient. The average injection amounts are between 20-50 units per session, every four to six months. The physician decides the quantity after a thorough medical evaluation.
The toxin is injected with a needle smaller than an insulin needle and the pain is minimal. These injections should always be done by a certified, trained physician.
Results can be noticed within 48 to 72 hours, revealing a fresh and pleasant look.
Botulinum toxin can be combined with other techniques for skin care. An expert can recommend the ideal treatments and procedure for each patient according to skin type, shape of the face, and stage of aging.
Dare to try this basic tool of modern aesthetic care!