Botox is a toxin derived from Clostridium botulinum bacteria. It has been FDA-approved and has been used safely since 2002. It is injected into the muscles causing wrinkles with the help of fine-tip injectors to relax the muscles. The effect occurs in 3-7 days and lasts for 3-7 months. Thus, the mimic wrinkles on the skin disappear or reduce as the muscles cannot contract as strongly as they used to. The regions producing best results are the forehead, between the eyebrows and eye lines. In addition to that, upper lip and neck lines can be treated as well. Since it also affects the sweat glands, it is often used in the sweating treatments of the hands, feet and armpits. However, it has been found that wrinkles reduced in the long run as a result of repeated applications. If these fine wrinkles on the face are not treated with botox, the wrinkles deepen and gain a grooved form in the further years, and if it does not produce the desired result even after botox was applied, it is also necessary to add the filler application to the intervention.
Apart from wrinkle and sweating treatment, we use botox;
- In slimming of muscular lower legs especially seen in the far east race or slimming of overdeveloped masseter muscles,
- In the treatment of teeth grinding, called bruxism,
- In the treatment of migraine,
- In eliminating facial asymmetries caused by asymmetrical facial expressions,
- In the treatment of Frey’s syndrome which may occur after salivary gland tumour (parotid) surgery.