Facial Therapies
Botox
All You Need to Know about Botox
What is Botox after all? Some people say it can even freeze the heart! Botox or else Botulinum toxin is pure protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. Its application started in 1950 for the treatment of overactive muscles and later on for the treatment of improper eye alignment or strabismus in ophthalmology. This  weakened allantotoxin started being used againstwrinkles and loosened skin around 1990 by a couple of doctors in Canada. Ever since it has been used as an injectable product against wrinkles, with the approval of the respective authorities in most countries where it is used for other pathologies like torticollis, spasms of the eyelid,  excessive sweating of palms-armpit and in more quantities and frequency than for aesthetics. 
 
 
Why Should You Choose Botox? 
Nowadays Botox has replaced several surgical procedures, given that it offers immediately spectacular results without the pain and trouble of surgery. A simple visit to the medical facilities is required, while its application is easy and safe, smoothening and gradually eliminating the lines and wrinkles on the face. It is a non-surgical method that requires minimum recovery time, allowing the instant return to daily tasks, while its impressive results start to show already from the second or third day of treatment application. It is also very important to highlight the fact that Botox does not present severe side effects, provided that it is administered by a specialised doctor, unlike some other invasive beauty treatments. This makes Botox suitable for almost all ages. 

Who Can Proceed with Botox?
With the use of Botox, wrinkles of facial expression are prevented and dealt with (forehead, between eyebrows, eyes, nose, neck, mouth, lips), except for those caused by UV radiation. At Dermatology & Cosmetics Lab, specialised dermatologists and plastic surgeons assess the condition and the physiology of each face and suggest solutions which lead to a younger looking, more glowing and fresher face without changing its features. Suitable candidates for Botox are generally considered healthy individuals that do not suffer from any neuromuscular condition, as well as people over 18 years of age and women that are neither pregnant nor breastfeeding. In each case, the interested party must provide the doctor with a full and sincere medical history, so that th doctor may proceed with a treatment providing the optimal results without any risks. 

Information on Botox Medicine (Botulinum Toxin)
First of all, it should be pointed out that Botox is the corporate branding of botulinum toxin, a pure protein  produced by bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. It is sold in small vials, which should be kept at the freezer prior to use, due to the sensitivity of the medicine against high temperatures. The doctor at Dermatology & Cosmetics Lab dissolves the medicine in NaCl 0.9%, so that it can be used. At this stage, Botox is ready to use and may then be preserved refrigerated at approximately 4-5 ºC. It is important that with the passing of time the effectiveness of Botox is decreased and so the doctor must administer the medicine swiftly, resulting in the optimal outcome. In a full face Botox treatment, the largest quantity of the vial is usually required.  

How Is Botox Administered?
Despite the various claims at times for new, non injectable ways of administering Botox, the truth is that the only effective method of applying the specific treatment is via an injection. During Botox treatment at Dermatology & Cosmetics Lab, the protein is injected out on target at the specific muscles we wish to inactivate. For the injection process, a really thin needle is used to minimise the irritation that a patient might experiece. As a result, any irritation is instant and almost non-existent. In special cases of hypersensitivity, an anesthetic cream may be applied topically in the area. The whole procedure does not last longer than 15 minutes, provided of course that it is administered by a specialised doctor and the patient can return to daily routine instantly and without any limitations. 

Are There Any Side Effects in Botox?
At Dermatology & Cosmetics Lab, Botox is administered by specialised dermatologists or plastic surgeons and therefore side effects are rare. Redness, bruising or a small edema resembling a mosquito bite might appear temporarily. At times, there is headache that can be treated with pain killers. During the first six hours patients are prohibited to indulge in facial massage, so as to prevent Βotox from moving to other areas of the face. It is also prudent to avoid intense workouts in the first 24 hours after the medicine has been administered. In rare occasions, dropping eyelid has ben noticed but this is due to the fact that the administration of the medicine has not been completed properly. Individuals having suffered from botulism in the past have developed antibodies and so they rarely benefit from Botox.

How Often Can I Proceed with Botox?
At Dermatology & Cosmetics Lab, we believe that Botox should be administered each time in the least possible quantity and with the biggest time duration in between, so as to ensure its consistent and successful action in the long run. Various theories claim that there is no problem whatsoever with the continuous application of Botox. However, when administered too frequently (more than four repetitions annualy),  the body might become tolerant to the medicine. As a result, it will neutralise it more quickly and thus decrease the duration of Botox in the future. In case a repetitive dosage is needed instantly, this should not be done after 15 days. Otherwise, the body will consider it as a booster dose and not have the desired effects. 

Myths about Botox
Botox has been over the years the first pharmaceutical product approved by FDA for use in cosmetic treatments and is characterised by its ability to improve the face looks significantly. Unfortunately, overdose or improver placement and on rare occasions its use by unsuited individuals lacking experience have caused reluctancy to some people. However, this is a very useful method of dealing with wrinkles. 
So let’s clarify some things: 
  • Botox may alter and disfigure the characteristics of the face or “freeze” expressions: But when administered properly, Botox can highlight the best features of the face and its expressions. 
  • If at some point the Botox treatment stops, skin ages abruptly and gets disfigured: The truth is that in this case the skin will revert to its pre-treatmet condition gradually, since muscles will start moving again. 
  • Botox is a magic solution against wrinkles at any age: When wrinkles have deepened over time, Botox must be combined with other treatments for the optimal results, especially for ages over 65.  

Truths about Botox
Read all the truths about Botox here:
  • Botox administration process in Cosmetic Dermatology is pretty simple, swift and the person can return to daily routine immediately. Of course, this applies to the cases when Botox has been administered by a specialised Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon within properly equipped facilities,  as this is a purely medical procedure. 
  • The duration of Botox effectiveness is temporary, fully reversible and stretches from 4 to 6 months on average with a small mobility that might appear from the 3rd month. Therefore it should b repeated 2 to 3 times a year. 
  • It is true that Botox is expensive medicine. Therefore the cost of treatment is relatively high. Choosing cheap solutions and “offers” is dangerous, since in such cases the origin and quality of the medicine is dubious, its dissolution is improper and the outcome at best will be poor and last less. When we choose a medical treatment, our main criteria should be the doctor’s experience and the treatment safety. There are grave dangers for our health in a non-genuine product. 

What to Do after Botox Treatment
Even though Botox treatment does not require any recovery time, there are certain guidelines to be followed for the optimal treatment results: 
  • After treatment, you should remain in a standing position for approximately 3 hours. 
  • Intense workouts must be avoided for the next three days after treatment. 
  • It is best to avoid alcohol and aspirin consumption up to three days after treatment. 
  • You should avoid rubbing the areas where Botox was injected for up to three days after treatment.
  • The use of very hot water is not recommended, as well as hair salon techniques heating the areas where Botox has been injected. 

How Effective Is Botox? 
Botox results become visible within 3 to 5 days and up to a week from treatment. Thinner lines will disappear immediately, whereas deeper ones a little later. If the wrinkles are very deep, additional treatments with fillers will offer more impressive results approximately two weeks after Botox. In some cases, frequent Botox treatment might deal with frown lines once and for all. Botox results last from 3 to 6 months.  Skin lines created between eye brows and the nasal base during frowning (glabella), wrinkles appearing as thin lines in the outer eyes (crow’s feet) and formed on the face and neck are among the wrinkles that Botox can temporarily minimise.
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