Botulinum toxin is a substance that acts directly on the muscles that pull the skin and form wrinkles and expression lines, promoting its paralysis. When you use facial Botulinum toxin to rejuvenate your appearance, you can smile or do any other facial movement without fear.

Botulinum toxin is the most performed non-surgical treatment and the volume of searches is justified by the benefits it brings to our skin, appearance, and self-esteem. After all, facial aesthetic beauty is our calling card. Fortunately, procedures like Botox Therapy help us to regain our self-esteem.

What is Facial Botox and How Does it Work?

“Botox” is one of the trade names of Botulinum toxin, a substance produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum that has the property of paralyzing the muscles where it is injected. It happens because the Botulinum toxin promotes the blocking of nerve endings, preventing the release of a neurotransmitter.

As a result, muscle activity in the area is paralyzed, so wrinkles can no longer form and the appearance takes on a smoother, more relaxed expression that directly contributes to looking younger. This contraction marks usually appear first on the outer corners of the eyes. They also appear on the forehead.

What are the Indications and Benefits?

  • It is a safe, non-invasive procedure with great results. 
  • It reduces the contraction of the muscles of the face, softening expression lines such as crow’s feet, forehead lines and angry wrinkles in the center of the eyes. 
  • Botulinum toxin can raise eyebrows.
  • It is widely used for dental health to treat bruxism. 
  • It is used to treat excessive sweating that has a social impact. 
  • The application of Botulinum toxin for the treatment of gummy smile is very successful. 
  • With the Botulinum toxin, we can give that little lift in the nose.
  • It is also indicated for neck pain and tension headache, as it relaxes the muscles.

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How is Facial Botox Applied?

The application of Botulinum toxin is made directly to the muscles responsible for the formation of wrinkles and needs to be restricted to the area, in order not to compromise other areas of the face and take away the naturalness of the features. With regard to doses, they must be compatible with the goals and expectations of each patient. Therefore, only a qualified professional will be able to establish the dosage indicated for each situation and need. On the day of application, the surgeon will accommodate you on a chair that will make you completely comfortable. 

With clean skin, the expert starts to apply a local anesthetic. Then the professional will apply Botox, through a fine needle that will transport the substance into your skin.

What to Expect After a Botox Session?

As it is a minimally invasive treatment, facial Botox does not require the patient to take time away from work. However, it is recommended to avoid physical exercise, massage the application area or lie down for four hours after the session.

In addition, as this procedure involves the use of needles, the skin can show small swellings and purple spots where the toxin was applied — something that cannot be completely avoided. Fortunately, these are temporary discomforts and disappear in a few days, leaving only the rejuvenating effect.

Is the Result Permanent?

The effects of facial Botox are not immediate. So do not worry if you do not notice much of a difference when you leave the clinic. The results of this treatment start to appear around 3 to 4 days after the application.

In women, the effect usually lasts from four to six months, while in men it lasts about four months. It is necessary to repeat the facial Botox after this time so that the results are maintained.