Today the term “Botox” is increasingly used in cosmetics. Someone worships him, others condemn. There are even those who can not live without it. What is botox – an investment in beauty or an enemy of the body? In fact, the so-called “botulinum toxin A.” is called the drug. Its scientists began to study in the middle of the last century, discovering that it can release acetylcholine from the neural endings of the neuron, thereby relaxing the muscles.
Action was possible to use purposefully, as a result of which the drug began to be used in ophthalmology, first in the treatment of strabismus. And Dr. Gene Carruthers was able to draw attention to the botox of cosmetologists. One of the patients of the doctor noticed how wrinkles are smoothed in the nose bridge after injections. Carruthers realized that this is the result of a relaxation of facial muscles.
Botox is now almost the main weapon in the fight against aging. Many people constantly make themselves injections, fighting wrinkles. True, excessive passion for botox makes the appearance unnatural. But in the skillful hands of a doctor, this substance works wonders. So is it worth it to be afraid, or does it really help preserve beauty? Our information about botox is partly based on myths, and they should be considered in more detail.
Botox can not be used in youth, in order to prevent wrinkles.
From the point of view of legality, patients can be offered Botox injections already from the age of 18 years. This nuance causes skepticism in many – what wrinkles can be at such a tender age? In fact, according to doctors, wrinkles can appear if the patient has a hyperactive facial expression. In this case, injections will be an investment in beauty. And if at this age do not do injections of Botox, then at 25 years on the face can form deep mimic wrinkles, in the area of nasolabial folds or on the forehead. Nevertheless, it is important to remember that Botox is good, as a means of prevention against facial wrinkles, rather than static ones. The latter appear because of the weakening of muscle tone, the natural sagging of tissues after 45-50 years. This is due to the thinning of the layer of subcutaneous fat.
Botox is a dangerous poison, whose injections can lead to the development of diseases.
It’s true that botox is a toxin. However, cosmetology uses safe doses. They have a pinpoint effect and do not lead to the development of diseases.
Thanks to Botox it is possible to smooth out any wrinkles.
As we mentioned earlier, botox can only smooth out facial wrinkles. The injections lead to temporary paralysis of the muscles, as a result of which the skin above them can not already shift, as before, and thus form wrinkles. Most botox is used in the upper third of the face, on the forehead and in the eyebrow. For the middle third, the drug is needed to weaken the muscle that forms the nasolabial fold. A Botox smoker can get rid of pussy wrinkles. Also this remedy helps to raise the corners of the mouth, if the upper gum is exposed. And in the lower third botox is used for the chin, neck muscles. But the static wrinkles that are present at rest, the remedy is no longer valid.
Because of botox, muscles can atrophy.
Those small doses that cosmeticians use can not lead to muscle atrophy. But if you are excessively addicted to the drug – to conduct procedures more often once a year, and even without miostimulation during the period between injections, this can lead to sagging muscles and their weakening. Then it is already possible to talk about getting used to the drug, to the desire to at any cost to remedy the situation.
After injection of the drug there are no requirements for the behavior of the patient.
First of all, doctors do not recommend the injection sites to be touched for 3-4 hours after the procedure. During this period it is necessary to maintain the vertical position of the face and actively work as a facial expression. The fact is that the toxin will act faster on the working muscles.But from saunas, baths and solariums for a week will have to be abandoned, as well as from active sports.
Botox is not allergic.
In fact, its use can lead to an allergic reaction. But it is not caused by the toxin of botulism itself, but by the protein compounds present in the preparation. If a person is allergic to protein (usually milk), then you should expect allergies to botox. In this situation, there is an alternative – protein-free analogue of botox, xeomin. It is prescribed to patients with allergies.
Botox acts on all people.
It turns out that the body of about one in a thousand people does not react to Botox in any way. It is believed that the cause may be antibodies that block the action of botox. In other words, those who have innate immunity to botulinum toxin will not be injected with the drug. Cosmetologists noticed that some people stop taking Botox after frequent injections. However, in this case, the immunity is unstable. Such patients are advised not to use Botox for a year, replacing it with analogues to combat mimic wrinkles.
For the appearance of the effect, several injections of Botox must be made.
The effect will be after the first injection, however, it will not be noticeable immediately. Changes can occur both in a day and in 3-5 days. Sometimes you have to wait even two weeks. This is a purely individual question.
You can make injections as often as you want.
The instructions for use of the drug indicate that it is not recommended to perform the procedure more than once every three months. Doctors recommend waiting until the effect completely passes, then let the muscles work in the usual mode for another couple of months and only then repeat the procedure.
There is an excellent alternative to Botox in the form of modern creams and serums.
The effect, similar to the result of the action of botox, can partially replicate the means containing snake venom. But to get the result of these drugs should be used for a long time, at least six months. And the result will be less pronounced than after one injection.
Botox injections have no contraindications.
There is a considerable list of contraindications that prevent Botox injections. These include liver and kidney problems, circulatory system, immunity disorders, pregnancy and feeding period, inflammation on the skin, propensity to swelling, acute phases of infectious diseases, and antibiotic use. So, feeling unhealthy, it is not worth hurrying with the procedure – it is better to consult a doctor beforehand. Before the procedure, special preparation is needed.
All preparation is, perhaps, in a moral mood. The preparation in the form of a powder is bred in a special solution, and then it is enclosed in a syringe with a needle. On the face of the patient, the doctor marks the places for presumed injections, previously the person is asked to strain the muscles. This can be achieved with the help of mimicry: squint, frown or portray surprise. The patient is then given injections. People themselves argue that the procedure is accompanied by painful sensations, but relatively tolerant.
Botox may develop dependence.
Botox may indeed develop dependence, but not physiological, but psychological. The patient can get used to the positive effect that comes immediately after the procedure. But if you start to abuse injections, then the body can simply stop responding to them.