Botox blocks the transfer between the neurons and the muscles which causes the muscle contraction to be reduced.
Purified and cleared of its toxic effects, it has been used since 1980 by ophtalmologists for the treatment of strabismus and blepharospasm. It has also been used in many other areas, including spasmodic torticolis, writer’s cramp, various muscle spasms and hyperhidrosis.
Today, Botox is most widely used for aesthetic purposes.
And it is advantageous that the wrinkle-reducing effects of Botox on the face has been discovered by doctors.
The injections are generally administered in the top part of the face (for wrinkles).
- The horizontal wrinkles on the forehead.
- Wrinkles on the glabella or frown lines in the eyebrow area.
- Crow’s feet wrinkles on the outside of the eyes.
In terms of the forehead and in particular the area between the eyebrows, Botox injections remove the vertical wrinkles (crow’s feet or the glabella) that harden a person’s overall look and which is provoked by the permanent contraction of the two muscles.
Following the injections, your skin will be smooth and soft and your face relaxed. Additionally, Botox stops wrinkles from worsening.
As a means of precaution, pregnant or breastfeeding women are not able to have Botox injections in our clinic.
There are some risks from Botox injections which the practising Doctor is expected to research before administering any treatments
C’est notamment une inflammation au site d’injection, des antécédents personnels ou familiaux de maladies musculaires évolutives (spasmes musculaires de la paupière, myopathies, dermatopoly-myosites, fibromyalgies…), une opération récente des yeux (cornée).
In particular, swelling in the injection area, a family history of muscular diseases (muscle spasms in the eyelid, myopathy, dermatopolymyositis, fibromyalgia…) or a recent eye operation.
Interference from other drugs must also be taken into consideration.
The product is injected under the skin near the muscles causing the wrinkle by almost painless micro-injections. An anesthetic is not required and only takes a few minutes.
The results aren’t visible immediately. After the injection, the effects of the treatment can start to be seen in 3 days. After 15 days, the full effect of the treatment has been reached. A touch-up is possible after 15 days if the muscles haven’t been blocked correctly.
The effects last between 3 to 6 months at which time the treatment needs to be repeated. We don’t redo injections before 3 months to avoid the build-up of a resistance to the Botox.
Undesirable effects are very rare: an allergic reaction to the product or the injection are unusual. More common effects are a light sensation of tension in the forehead, an ecchymosis, a small bruise or an oedema where the injections were given. Fortunately, these effects disappear quickly.
Following treatment, it is advised to avoid lying down for 4 hours, to avoid using too many facial expressions and to avoid massages in the facial area. The latter could result in the product being distributed in the wrong areas and cause negative side effects.
Botox can be combined with other treatments such as Hyaluronic Acid injections, Radiofrequency, Mesolifts as well as other techniques.