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Some of the most popular and minimally invasive anti-aging treatments that changed the game of aesthetics are Botox and Hyaluronic acid treatments. Indeed, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery only in US 6.1 million Botox treatments have been applied for aesthetic reasons and a total of $ 1.1 billion has been spent in 2014! presents you some information about these treatments as well as some myths and truths about botox treatment.

The acceptance or not of Botox by the medical community contributed to the spread of non-scientifically based views about the effectiveness and the safety of the treatment. The distribution of formulations of dubious origin and ingredients on the market, the implementation of which has caused serious problems in patients has played an important role for this.

Botox is a drug that is being used in medicine for over 35 years and has a number of clinical studies to prove its efficacy and safety. The various formulations of botulinum toxin type A vary in size and structure of the molecule, something that can change the results. Certain treatments are more economical than others but there is a risk that it may be a medication without approval. When application is performed by a certified physician using the original formulation and the suitable technique, the results are impressive and entirely safe.

Both botox and hyaluronic acid are safe for the human body and they can have great results. Regarding botox  millions of injections have been performed for cosmetic reasons without any serious side effects.This is evidenced by studies conducted in large numbers of patients, according to which the most frequent side effects were mild pain, redness or bruising on the injection area. Ptosis, that a small number of patients experienced is associated with improper application of botox or improper dose.

The hyaluronic acid treatment is highly flexible as it provides many possibilities depending on the needs of each person and results in a perfectly natural effect.

What is Botox?

The Botox is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is known as botulinum toxin type A or botulinum toxin. In cosmetic dermatology, the botox used for eliminating facial wrinkles and is the most popular anti-aging therapy. Treatment with botox is minimally invasive and provides dramatic results immediately.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

The glycosaminoglycan hyaluronic acid is a natural component that exists in our skin. The injectable hyaluronic acid is an excellent filler for wrinkles on the face or the lips. Under the skin, the hyaluronic acid retains water molecules and helps to provide a better linking between collagen and elastin fibers. Wrinkles fade away and the skin becomes firm and remains hydrated. You can also find form in the market.

When To Use Botox And When Hyaluronic Acid?

Botox prevents and deals with wrinkles: forehead, eyes and throat.
On the other hand, hyaluronic acid is the solution for wrinkles on the areas of lips, mouth and cheeks, while it is also used to increase the volume of the lips and cheekbones.

Botox Diagram

How Are These Treatments Performed?

On the face, the action of botox is to temporary inactivate the mimic muscles of the face. It reduces the traffic on small muscles that cause expressions like anger, sadness, wonder or surprise. These muscles are the ones that create wrinkles this is why botox targets them. Using the appropriate dose at the right place these wrinkles are softened without losing our expressiveness.

Because of the fact that botox acts locally it could even be applied at young people at the age when wrinkles start to be formed but not yet established. This technique is known as “baby botox” technique in which lower doses are used acting inhibitory to fixation of wrinkles. In older people who have already formed deep wrinkles, botox can act less successfully because the skin has reduced elasticity and the wrinkles are already well established on the skin. In this case the treatment cannot perform equally well as in younger people.

Hyaluronic acid is injected under the skin so filling wrinkles of lips, around the mouth, but also giving volume to cheeks and lips. Treatment with hyaluronic acid is fast, painless (under local anesthetic) and secure.

How often should I apply each treatment?

Botox is good to be applied 2-3 times per year. (in some cases 4 repetitions per year may be needed.) A more frequent application is proved to be perceived by the immune system as an overloaded dose and make the system use neutralizing antibodies. This is the only case that botox can have shorter efficancy.

The effect of hyaluronic acid lasts about 6-18 months after application.

Myths And Truths About Botox.

TRUTH: Botox comes from botulinum toxin, the effect of which is responsible for botulism, a serious disease that one gains from eating improperly preserved and canned meat.

MYTH: A large myth is that botulinum toxin type A that is contained in botox in the form of purified toxin is harmful and dangerous for the human body. Clinical studies in the last 12 years have shown that the use of botox in cosmetic medicine only has some mild side effects like headache and heaviness in the forhead after application. These effects decrease after having repeated applications of the substance.

MYTH: Botox can alter and distort facial features or freeze the facial expressions.

TRUTH: The botox reduces muscle contractions that move the skin, resulting in softening the fine lines and wrinkles. When the correct anatomical landmarks and the right dose is used the facial features and expressions are not altered but emerge as the face looks more fresh and rested.

TRUTH: The botox course of action is transient, fully reversible and ranges from 4-6 months on average with a small mobility which can occur from the third month. Therefore it should be repeated about 2-3 times per year.

MYTH: After many applications the efficacy or duration of botox is reduced.

TRUTH: There is no limit to the number of treatments someone can do.  In contrast, a study in a large number of patients published in 2011 on the valid scientific journal  shows that timely and consistent repetition of treatment every 4 – 5 months results in greater wrinkle reduction, greater satisfaction of the patients and longer duration of the effect that in some cases can be up to seven months.

MYTH: If someone decides for some reason to discontinue treatment with botox  it will accelerate the aging process and deteriorate the image of his face.

TRUTH: After the action of botox, the person simply will gradually return to its original, pre-treatment condition, as the muscles begin to have a normal movement again.

MYTH: The need for botox treatment is determined by age.

TRUTH: There are individuals with overactive muscles and intense expressiveness that may already need a treatment from the age of 20, while hypo-tonic persons may not develop wrinkles before the age of 30-35 years. The application of botox is determined from the condition of the patient’s skin and not age.

MYTH: The botox is the magic solution that will eliminate wrinkles at any age.

TRUTH: When wrinkles are quite prominent, have settled and become permanent or if skin relaxation is prominent the treatment will not erase wrinkles completely .In such cases it would require the combined use of the hyaluronic acid. For this reason, botox alone is not indicated for ages 65+.

TRUTH: the implementation process of Botox in cosmetic dermatology is quite simple, brief and the person may return immediately to their daily activities. Certainly this is true when applied by skilled dermatologist or plastic surgeon in a properly equipped clinic, as it is a purely medical treatment.

TRUTH: Botox is a substance extremely sensitive to high temperatures. Its effect is reduced to improper maintenance, improper drug dissolution and retention thereof dissolved for some time before using it. It is necessary to practice selection and clinical experience with the application of many treatments that can certify the authenticity of the drug. Great importance and observance of some simple instructions on the part of the patient (eg, exercise and avoid rubbing the area for three clock) so that the duration of action and the results of botox is optimized.

TRUTH: It is true that botox is an expensive medicine so the cost of the treatment is high. Choosing cheap solutions is dangerous, as in such cases the origin and quality of the drug is uncertain and the result will not be the best, as well as the duration. When we choose a medical treatment the main criteria should be the experience of the doctor and the safety of treatment. In non-genuine preparation there are serious and incalculable risks to our health.

TRUTH: Botox can be used for treatment of hyperidrosis. It is an excellent treatment option for immediate reduction of sweating up to 95%. It is effective in all types of hyperhidrosis and the duration of effect in specific cases can exceed 8 months.

 

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