Brotox is an intensely debated topic nowadays, and it is also one of the most requested cosmetic procedures: it is safe, minimally invasive, relatively affordable and the results are visible right away. To put it simple, botulinum toxin is a substance designed to relax the facial muscles and to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is a cheaper non-surgical alternative to classic interventions designed to reverse the effects of aging, like facial lifting.
The Mechanism Of Action
When acetylcholine is released, the muscles start to contract (thus causing our faces to frown). By blocking the release of this substance, the botulinum toxin relaxes, smoothes the muscles and prevents them from deepening. Despite the fact that the results are encouraging, it must be said that the effects are temporary as they usually wear off within several months.
Generally speaking, the results last anywhere between three to six months, depending on various factors such as the amount of Brotox that is injected into the patient’s muscle, the substance that is being used, the age and gender of the patient, the thickness of the skin or the severity of the wrinkles.
Brief History Of Brotox
This substance was initially designed to treat various eye-related diseases, such as lazy eye or uncontrolled blinking – even though the latter is not necessarily dangerous, it can be bothersome. The botulinum toxin was approved for human use back in the 1980s, and soon after that it was advertised as an efficient rejuvenation treatment against frown lines. Currently, the substance is used on the forehead, around the eyes or around the mouth, although it is widely used to treat patients who suffer from excessive sweating in the hands or armpits as well.
Who Can Benefit From This Treatment?
This treatment works best for those in their late 20s and early 30s, but this aspect varies based on certain aspects such as the amount of sun damage. Generally speaking, injections with botulinum toxin are recommended as a preventive measure against wrinkles. Based on the situation of every patient, the doctor selects the most suitable dosage and technique. However, patients over 60 years of age are advised to steer clear from Brotox injections, and so are pregnant or nursing women and those who suffer from various neurological disorders.
Side Effects And Price
Generally speaking, this anti-wrinkle treatment is considered safe and it is seldom accompanied by mild side effects such as minor bruising or headaches, both of which will go away within several hours. However, one of the most common “side effect” is disappointment, because many patients have unrealistic expectations. The results can vary greatly from one individual to another, and the procedure usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes.
Choosing a certified and well-trained specialist is an aspect of paramount importance. The doctor must work in a sterile environment, he must know how to select the correct dosage and how to perform the procedure in order to reduce the risk for temporary paralysis.
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