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Smile, cry, enjoy, suffer. Every emotion, no matter how small, is seen on our face, making it a kind of historical map of our life lived.

Years of frowning and sullenness can crease skin tissue, making the face look marked and aged. It is also true that often the expressions that the wrinkles convey are false and do not represent the true feelings of the individual. A face badly affected by wrinkles can appear spent or at times aggressive, worried or sad, with consequent negative effects. But for many people, the fear or distrust of having an invasive and expensive operation discourages them from finding a solution to this problem.

This is why treatment with substances such as botulinum toxin (commonly known by the trade name, Botox) is now one of the most sought-after types of treatment in cosmetic medicine.

Scientifically speaking, botulinum toxin works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, thus inhibiting the contact between the nerves and muscles, reducing excessive muscular spasms and facial contractions; the primary cause of expression wrinkles, often known as frown lines or crow’s feet wrinkles and are most evident on the forehead, above the eyebrows and around the eyes. 

Aging also causes so-called gravitational or static wrinkles, which begin to appear as the elastic fibres of the dermis and collagen in the body are no longer able to combat the forces of gravity and the skin begins to sag and droop.

The third main cause of wrinkles is exposure to UV radiation, which provokes elastic creases or lines, leaving skin looking dry and crumpled.

 

What exactly is botulinum toxin and Botox?

Botulinum toxin is a substance produced from the bacterium clostridium botulinum Scientifically speaking, botulinum toxin works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, thus inhibiting the contact between the nerves and muscles, reducing excessive muscular spasms and facial contractions; the primary cause of wrinkles.

Botox is a type-A purified botulinum toxin which, when injected into the muscles, blocks the release of acetylcholine, thus inhibiting the contact between the nerves and muscles, reducing excessive muscular spasms and facial contractions; the primary cause of wrinkles.
Authorized products in Italy include: VistaBex, Azzalure and Bocouture.
 

 

NEUROBLOC is a type B botulinum toxin, and produces similar effects to Botox. 

Who is suitable for Botox treatment

Treatment with Botox, or an equivalent product, can reduce expressions lines, which are caused by the continual use of the muscles of the forehead in everyday interaction to convey emotions, particularly when the person tends to wear a worried or concerned expression.

It should be remembered that Botox can only correct wrinkles or folds caused by the movement of the muscles which generate our facial expressions, not those which are caused by the general aging of the skin, or wrinkles which are particularly deep. In these cases Botox can be used along with other surgical solutions or fillers such as collagen, hyaluronic acid, peeling treatments, facelifts, eyelid surgery or laser skin-resurfacing treatment
 

Botox can be used to treat the following problems:

  • frown lines
  • wrinkles around the eye
  • mouth wrinkles
  • wrinkles between the eyebrows
  • crow's feet
  • expression wrinkles
  • rejuvenation of the face with a lifting effect
  • hyperhidrosis
  • chronic tension headaches
  • strabismus
  • blepharospasm
  • cervical dystonia 

How does Botox treatment work?

Botox treatment takes places in the clinic, lasts 15-20 minutes and requires no anaesthetic or recovery period. A moderate quantity of botulinum toxin is injected into the muscles with a small syringe, thus immediately treating the area where expression wrinkles originate.

Potential side effects and when you should not have Botox treatments

Botox, or other botulin products, have been fully tested over many years in cosmetic medicine, and no particular side effects have been found, while allergic reactions are extremely rare. It is not recommended to undergo Botox treatment when pregnant, or for patients who suffer from neuro-muscular problems.
In rare cases there will be a lowering of the upper eyebrow or slight swelling, which typically lasts for three to four weeks.
 

What happens post treatment

After the Botox has been injected, the face will redden slightly, though this effect lasts for just a few minutes. In some cases there will be a small bruise which will disappear after a few days. In the first two days there may also be a slight burning sensation.
Makeup can be applied even ten minutes after the treatment, and the treated area can be exposed to the sun after ten days. The patient can return to all normal daily activities immediately.
 

How long the results of Botox last

Appreciable results with Botox can be observed two to five days after treatment as the muscles relax, with a maximum effect reached after one month. The results last for 4-5 months, and will then gradually disappear, with the time varying from person to person.