Questions and answers about Botox
Many of us dream of aging in beauty especially because our life expectancy may go up to 100 years very soon. Who has not seen the perfect face of Nicole Kidman in her Coco Chanel no. 5 and his beautiful Brummel’s over 40 years old such as Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt without any wrinkles and with perfect teeth? And closer to us, who has not noticed Nanette Workman, Dominique Bertrand and several others, who have decided to use the techniques of aesthetic medicine to age simply in beauty. Well in his skin, well in his head, this is what we all aspire to, is not it?
Botox is one of the simple ways to make facial wrinkle prevention, especially as prevention looks much better than an intervention. However, depending on our genetics and environmental factors, many of us will have no choice but to use surgical procedures to restore a youthful glow. However, we can postpone in time, and this in a very appreciable way these surgeries thanks to the techniques of injection of Botox and Volumalift by the filling injectable. In many cases, they give a sense of vitality and energy.
1. What is Botox?
Botox is derived from a toxin secreted by clostridium botulinum. We all remember that our mothers warned us that when the canes are convex, it is absolutely not necessary to eat its contents. Well, this is actually botulinum toxin. However, when we talk about Botox, this protein has been purified 27 times to arrive at the product that is well known, Cosmetic or therapeutic Botox.
It should not be assumed that it is a toxin, because it is used in tiny amounts. It must be remembered that drugs made of toxic substances such as digitaline, snake venom, etc. Knowingly used by conscientious and experienced professionals have saved millions of lives around the world. Everything is about quantity and quality.
2. Has Botox been around for a long time?
Botulinum toxin was discovered in 1946. Its use in medicine began in 1985 to treat strabismus (eyepiece eyes), blepharospasm and hemifacial spasms. Dr. Jean Carruthers from Vancouver made the extraordinary observation that his patients treated with london botox for blepharospasm had virtually no appearances of wrinkles of expression between the eyebrows commonly called the glabella. Cosmetic Botox was therefore in the process of approval by the FDA in 1997 after various studies to treat wrinkles of expression of glabella. So today our experience with Botox in medicine, dates more than 20 years and for Botox cosmetics for more than 10 years.
3. Where is Botox manufactured?
There are currently three safe and secure places in the world where Botox is manufactured: in Ireland, Brazil and China. Another company is in the process of getting FDA approval for another kind of Botox that will be marketed as “Reloxin”. It will likely have to be on the market next year. It is currently used in Europe under the name of “Dysport”. It is the Allergan company that supplies North America and ensures its high quality and highly specialized transport.
4. How does Botox work?
Botox, as specified above, is a highly purified protein that will bind to the receptor of nerves that cause muscle contraction. The observed effect is seen within 2 to 10 days following the injection by relaxation of the muscles dependent on this nerve ending. The clinically observed effect will bring in aesthetic medicine a relaxation of the skin overlying this muscle. To visualize it in your head, let’s take as an example the paws of geese that when you smile, will take wrinkles of expression to the skin like an accordion. Once Botox is in action, during your smile, the skin will remain much smoother.
5. How long does the effect of Botox last?
The effect of Botox can last between 3 and 8 months depending on your facial expression. Some will contract a lot and others much less. For those, as our mothers said: “my little one, you always have the face in grimace” it must be expected that it will not last more than 3 months. And for the calmer facial, the effect can go up to 8 months. But in the majority of cases, the first year will require 3 to 4 visits to your doctor and then the time between injections of Botox should be split.
6. Is Botox dangerous?
The media reported much negatively at the beginning of this year because of lack of knowledge and research. However, Health and Welfare Canada reported no incidents with cosmetic Botox. As mentioned above, it is necessary to ascertain the origin of Botox, its adequate transport, to respect its indications and the limits doses to be injected. This is why it is important to consult a well-trained, experienced and professional doctor.
7. How is Botox prepared?
Botox is a frozen white powder that comes in a small bottle. To the said powder, one adds 1 to 4 cc of physiological saline (NACL) depending on the use that one wants to make of it. It must be prepared beforehand at least 20 minutes before the treatment for this one gives optimal results.
8. At what age can Botox be given?
There is no age to receive Botox. It all depends on what you want to deal with. If it is strabismus (eyepieces), the injections will start very early in infancy. If it is Cosmetic Botox, it is obvious that the injections will begin at a later age mainly dependent on your heredity and facial expressions.
9. Prerequisites for injecting Botox:
To be able to inject Botox into patients, you must first and foremost be a doctor and have a good training on injectables. It is necessary to know perfectly the muscles of the face and the neck and their respective motor functions. To all this, is added the artistic side of your doctor injector. As you know, we all have a nose in the face, but none of us has the same. It is the same for the muscles of the face and neck, we all have them, but each person has its own characteristic from the point of view of the motility of these. Hence the importance of carefully observing the face, neck and facial expressions in order to individualize your treatment. This is called the experience of your doctor injector.
10. The aesthetic indications of Botox
Many of us would like to have a natural and relaxed appearance. It is common for heredity to cause us to contract our facial muscles much more importantly. Take as an example the crease of frowning inter (the glabella) which gives us a wicked look. When the sun hits us in the eyes, we close the eyelids slightly and we contract the muscle to the outer part of the eye causing crow’s feet. Others laughed or spoke, moving their noses like a little rabbit, or wrinkling their lips. Some of us will see over time the folds at the base of the lower lip on each side, which pull down, what are commonly called puppet lines. Others will have strips at the neck.