What is Botox®?
Botulinum toxin type A (colloquially called “Botox”) is a natural protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium and, in a highly purified form, has been used as a pharmaceutical for many years. In addition to rejuvenating injections for the face it is also used for the treatment of neurological movement disorders, migraine, gnashing of teeth and excessive perspiration. The substance inhibits the release of acetylcholine thereby disabling the muscles. In other words: Botox® injection interrupts the conduction of stimuli by the nerve to the treated muscle and leads to a gradual smoothing of the respective wrinkles.
First results become visible after 3 to 7 days with the appearance of the skin further improving over the next few weeks.
Is it safe to use Botox® for aesthetic purposes?
Relative to the treated area, very low doses are used for the treatment of wrinkles. Botulinum toxin was the first microbial protein approved for use in humans. This is why its production is subject to particularly high manufacturing standards.
No long-term side effects are known to date.
What type of wrinkles can be treated by Botox®?
Botox® is suitable for the treatment of mimic wrinkles. Botox® prevents the formation of wrinkles by relaxing the muscles. At the same time, the remaining elasticity of the skin smoothens existing wrinkles and the creation of new wrinkles is prevented. Botox® is also for excessive and/or unwanted perspiration.
For a comprehensive list of the regions of the body suitable for Botox® treatment please click : here.
How is a Botox® treatment performed?
Before the treatment, you will receive comprehensive information and all options will be discussed. For this purpose, a face analysis is performed to then choose the product which is best suited for you.
The Botox® treatment per se is an uncomplicated procedure and only takes about 15 minutes. After the treatment, you can leave the practice to resume your daily activities.
What should be considered before a treatment?
One week prior to the treatment, you should discontinue any blood-thinning medication (e.g. Aspirin). Should you be taking other medication, it is necessary that you provide the respective information during the informed consent discussion. Botox® treatment is not recommended for individuals with known allergic reactions. Furthermore, no treatment should be performed during pregnancy and lactation.
Allergic reactions are however very rare .
When will the results be visible?
Usually, considerable smoothing of the more distinct creases can be expected within a few days. However, the appearance of your skin will continue to improve further over the following time. Lines and smaller wrinkles will disappear within approximately 30 days when the full results of the treatment will become visible.
How long will the effects of a Botox® treatment last??
The effects of a treatment will last for 4 to 6 months after which the product will have been removed from your body and contact with the muscle is restored. Hence, the process is reversible and does not create any long-term damages; this means that the substance can be used again without any problems after its removal period.
Can the treatment lead to complications?
In general, no complications may be expected if the treatment is done properly. However, a mild redness may appear at the injection sites. In rare cases, small bruises occur which can, however, easily be concealed. A temporary paralysis of neighbouring muscles is unlikely but possible. Long-term damages can be excluded.
After the treatment it is important that you avoid physical exercise or going to the sauna for 24 hours as the increased blood circulation might negatively affect the result.
Will the treatment give me a “frozen face”?
No, properly applied Botox® does not lead to noticeable restrictions of facial expression.
Are Botox® injections painful?
Prior to use, Botox® is conditioned with sterile saline solution which makes it possible to use particularly thin needles for the injection. Therefore, the treatment is completely pain-free in most cases.
However, as the sensitivity for pain varies from individual to individual and also depends on the treated region, a local anaesthetic may be given, as required.
How much does a Botox® treatment cost?
The treatment costs approximately € 300 including prior medical consultation and follow-up. However, this should be considered as an indicative value as treatment costs will depend on the number of Botox units used and/or on the treated region..