What is Botulinum Toxin?
Type A Botulinum Toxin is simply a muscle relaxant. It is a highly purified protein which relaxes the facial muscles and reduces expression lines. This toxin works by blocking nerve impulses, which reduces the amount of contraction made by muscles. The surface of the skin gradually smoothes out, and the unaesthetic expression lines begin to disappear.
Botulinum Toxin Applications
Very low doses of Botulinum Toxin are administered using a very thin needle, in the facial muscles which are most active, in order to relax them, soften them out and avoid the appearance of expression lines. However, it is of vital importance that the aesthetician has the knowledge to be able to correctly administer this toxin and assess each individual patient’s case. This will determine whether the result is natural or not.
The administration of Botulinum Toxin does not require the use of anaesthetic or any previous allergy tests. It is not a painful treatment due to the fact that the injections are performed using an extremely thin needle to administer small doses.
Duration of the effects
The results can be seen after the third day of the injections and the effects of the toxin last between 4 and 6 months. The more Toxin that is applied, the better the effect and the results. It is an outpatient procedure which leaves no scarring and no bruising, so the patient can continue with a normal life as soon as these are applied.
The first consultation to inform you about the treatment with Botulinum Toxin takes place at the Gomez Bravo Clinic and is free of charge. You will be thoroughly informed about the details of this treatment and can even receive the injections during the same appointment. A second appointment will then be necessary to assess the results or to re-administer the toxin in the areas in which it is necessary.
For those patients who are satisfied with the results of the Botulinum Toxin, Dr. Francisco G. Bravo can offer a new surgical technique called PERMANENT BOTOX which he developed himself. It mimics the results obtained when Botulinum Toxin is applied in the upper third of the face, but with a “permanent effect”. This treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic and completely erases the wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyebrows via a small incision in the upper eyelid, permanently correcting the skin. This technique also ensures that new wrinkles do not appear.
Botulinum Toxin is currently one of the most popular treatments in cosmetic medicine, and is the non-surgical technique which is most commonly sought-after to erase wrinkles. Botulinum Toxin is administered via subcutaneous injections and blocks the contact between the nerves and the muscles, thus reducing muscle and sweat gland activity.
Its mains purpose in aesthetic medicine is to reduce wrinkles caused by hyperactive muscles. It is most used in localized areas such as the forehead, the center of the eyebrows, crow’s feet, the sides of the mouth and horizontal neck lines, in other words, it is used to reduce expression lines in the upper third of the face. If administered correctly, it is ideal to prevent wrinkles and to give a “face lift” effect, especially on the eyebrows, tip of the nose, jawline and mouth.
On top of this, it is also used to treat some neurological problems, ophthalmological problems and hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating in adults as well as children.
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