Being one of the most popular non-surgical aesthetic procedures, Botox is now applied based on the person’s occupation. If you are an actor, it is applied in a way that does not prevent your facial expressions, or if you are a pianist and will have Botox because your hands sweat, the procedure can be performed without applying it to the fingertips. Among the non-surgical aesthetic applications, one of the most popular and fastest-acting applications is Botox (Botulinum toxin) application. Both with its effects on muscles and skin, Botox application has been safely preferred for years in competent hands. The use of Botox applications in the field of medicine goes back many years. It was first used for the treatment of strabismus in the 1970s. Later, as it was observed that wrinkles on the face improved in these cases, it began to be used for aesthetic purposes in the 1980s. It is the most frequently used application in Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dermatology. When it comes to the reasons, Botox applications are an application that pleases both the patient and the doctor with its dramatic effect and results. Apart from the fact that its impact is noticeable in a short time, other reasons why it is preferred are that the side effects of this treatment, which has been safely applied for years, can be prevented and corrected under the supervision of doctors.
Apart from avoiding lines caused by muscle movements, Botox is used to prevent and cure scars that have already formed and treat excessive sweating and swelling on the face caused by sweating. It is often used to improve the red skin’s appearance, provide shine, improve its color and appearance, and reduce pores in Mammary gland hyperplasia. In the treatment of hair loss, to improve face and neck sagging, to lift the eyebrow and eyelid, to correct the asymmetries on the face and the appearance of the gums, to raise the tip of the nose, to improve the sad expression by enhancing the drooping of the lip edge, to treat headaches and tooth clenching. It is emphasized in some publications that it is also suitable for depression and hypertension.
DONE ACCORDING TO NEED
Depending on the needs of the person, the areas to be applied and the application methods vary. For instance, Botox application to a theater actor should be made without completely resetting their facial expressions. If a pianist has a procedure because of sweaty hands, the procedure should not reach the fingertips.
EFFECTIVE UP TO 9 MONTHS
Anesthetic cream is not advised to be applied in the Botox procedure. Because studies have shown that it has no impact on pain; likewise, it is thought that the temperature of the botox product during the procedure and the ice application applied to the skin during and after the application may not reach the targeted area. Therefore, it is advisable not to apply cold. Moreover, the amount of Botox and application frequency are also significant in the duration of its effectiveness. There are various types of Botox on the market. It is recommended to consider this during the Botox type’s transportation that requires a cold chain. Some kinds of Botox are less likely to cause any allergy. In 2022, the final approved product is reported to have a duration of effect of 6-9 months.
STRESS MUST BE AVOIDED
It is advisable to repeat the Botox application no earlier than four months in addition to approaches that prevent aging, such as protection from the sun and appropriate skin care. Keeping away from harmful habits and stress postpones the aging process and prolongs the effect of Botox. Eating a collagen-rich diet, exercising, spending time with our pawed friends, and practicing yoga and meditation can also extend the effect of Botox.
MASSETER BOTOX REQUIRES A SPECIAL TECHNIQUE
Masseter Botox requires special techniques; applying it to the chewing muscle masseter, and the temporal muscles above the ear extending to the hair increases the effect. In masseter Botox, it may take up to a month for the muscles to reach the desired condition.
ZINC PROLONGS THE EFFECT OF BOTOX
It is essential to check the zinc level before the Botox application. For Botox to show its effect, there must be a sufficient level of zinc in the body. In the case of low levels, it has been shown that taking zinc from 4 days before until Botox is applied extends the duration of the effect of Botox.
THINGS TO CONSIDER AFTER THE APPLICATION
To minimize the botox’s distribution risk for unwanted muscle groups, patients are advised to stand upright for 4 hours after the procedure. Also, alcohol and smoking should have abstained for 2-3 days after the procedure. Considering that the expected effect will be fully realized within two weeks, one should not have high expectations in this period. After this period, the patient should remember that they can return to the doctor for a second correction, that the effect of the treatment is temporary, and that they will have healthier skin with the applications to be made. The patient should avoid additional procedures that may reduce the duration of the effect and should follow the health routines.
IT SHOULD BE DONE BY A DOCTOR
To prevent unwanted effects of Botox, it should not be performed in exceptional cases such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, certain muscle diseases, or allergies to certain medications and Botox products. The most commonly reported unwanted effects are the appearance of redness and bleeding spots after the procedure. Facial asymmetry, eye closure, or drooping can also be seen. The person may even develop fatigue and headache. Though these side effects are rare, there may be situations requiring a doctor’s intervention. It should be underlined again that Botox products that are approved and registered must be used; these applications must be applied in a healthcare institution and by a doctor.