This neurotoxin can be used for medical or aesthetic purposes but, be careful, it is very important to be clear about its advantages and disadvantages before resorting to it.
Who would have told us that the most powerful poison that exists we would end up injecting in single doses to erase those wrinkles or expression lines that appear with age. Yes, you read it right. We are talking about botulism: a neurotoxin made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum that causes botulism disease; a condition whose symptoms are progressive muscle paralysis. But don’t be scared, even this apocalyptic approach has its good side.
The use of this toxin nowadays serves to block the muscle in the area in which expression lines are to be erased or to treat neurological diseases such as strabismus, chronic migraine or hyperhidrosis in those cases in which sweating of armpits, feet or hands is excessive.
In 2002, the use of botulinum toxin for aesthetic purposes was authorized for the first time by the United States Food and Drug Administration, while in Spain we had to wait two years for the Spanish Medicines Agency to approve it. It was at this time that the formula for eternal youth came onto the market, adopting as guinea pigs public figures who began to show wrinkle-free faces on the big screen.
Botox, the new Photoshop
The social network Instagram has become a great showcase for wearing porcelain skins. Isn’t the person responsible for those smooth faces a filter that incorporates the aforementioned social network? The person in charge is the botox; although they want us to believe that it has been the work of an impeccable photographic retouch and not the result of Photoshop. On this platform, there are profiles such as that of Dr. Shui, who reflects her work with before and after photographs of some of her patients. “They trust me, among other things, because they know that many of the treatments they ask me I have tried before and I have no shame in admitting it,” he acknowledges.
Barber, who opened his first clinic in 2017, began seeing five to seven patients a day and now sees an average of 60-80. “In many consultations like mine, we have noticed a progressive influx of men. Specifically, 10%. The curious thing is that each time they have a less defined profile and, although before they were young boys between the ages of 25 and 35, now men of all kinds come, some of them recommended by their women and friends ”, he comments.
If you are also tempted to reduce age-related expression lines, here is a manual for beginners capable of solving all the doubts that may arise around Botox treatments.
When should you start injecting Botox?
It is convenient to start from the age of 30, although there is no stipulated age; it depends on each person. “The ideal is to inject Botox before the appearance of these wrinkles and not when they have appeared. For those people who gesticulate a lot, botulinum toxin is a preventive treatment ”.
When do your results start to show?
“From 48-72 hours “, estimates the doctor. So don’t panic if you walk out of the clinic the way you walked in except for the pricks and redness from the needle. To start seeing the results, you have to wait a minimum of 2 or 3 days.
When to inject it again?
Don’t be in a rush to replenish your botox and do so in good time. “Botulinum toxin lasts between 4 and 6 months. No more. Once this period of time has passed, the treatment would have to be repeated ”.
What does the degree of effectiveness depend on?
As each person belongs to a father and a mother, there are patient factors that have an effect on the fact that Botox lasts four months in one person and six months in another. “Depending on the strength of the muscle of each patient, the toxin will be eliminated at a greater or lesser speed. On the other hand, autoimmune diseases also tend to reduce their effectiveness ”.
What do men ask for?
“In the Botox treatment, men ask above all for the reduction of expression lines on the forehead and crow’s feet.” Then there are also other highly demanded treatments that are carried out with hyaluronic acid such as masculinization of the mandibular arch and rhinomodelation. “With hyaluronic acid we manage to mark the jaw to give a more defined and masculine face. In the case of rhinomodeling, the most arched shapes or imperfections of the nose are corrected ”.
How much does it cost to put on Botox?
The most common areas to treat are: the forehead, the frown and the crow’s feet. The entire three zones cost 400 euros and a single zone, 150.