Botox (botulinum toxin)

Dr. Muhsine Zeynep Yavuz

"You can erase the traces of years with botox!"

What is Botox?

Today, the change in aesthetic perception has led to an increase in the operations performed. In the past, it was very difficult to ask a person whether he had aesthetic surgery, but nowadays it seems that many people have plastic surgery. What is botox that we will examine under this title? We will give detailed answers for your question. Wrinkles and fine lines appearing on the skin due to aging or genetic reasons overshadow the beauty of the person. Botox is the most reliable method used in the medical field to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines on the face. People who do not have knowledge about the subject may approach with prejudice because they do not know how botox is done. During the Botox application, the person does not feel pain or pain. It is not a surgical procedure performed by cutting. At the same time, it is an effective method used not only for aesthetic appearance, but also for the treatment of many diseases.

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Why is Botox used?

Botox is used to correct wrinkles caused by mimic muscles. Especially in those who use their mimic muscles too much, wrinkles occur on the forehead, around the eyes, upper lip, upper nose and lower lip corners. Thanks to Botox, the signals transmitted to the mimic muscles are temporarily paralyzed. Thanks to botox, which also stops abnormal muscle contractions, facial muscles relax for a while and formations such as wrinkles and fine lines are stopped. The result is a more youthful appearance.

In cases of excessive sweating, botox is applied to the armpits, palms, scalp or soles of the feet to reduce or completely eliminate sweating. In addition, botox is also used in the treatment of migraine, where severe headaches are experienced.

Is Botox Dangerous?

The most important question that bothers those who want to have botox is is it dangerous to have botox? is the question. The answer to this question is quite clear. Like any medically applied procedure, botox application also has risks. However, when it is done by doctors with sufficient knowledge and equipment, the risk is minimized. Botulinium toxin, the main ingredient of Botox, is known as one of the most toxic substances in the world. In addition, Botulinium toxin is the most effective protein-containing substance used in the treatment of wrinkles. The point to be considered is the dose applied while making botox and the person who applies it. Doctors, who are experts in the business, adjust these dose amounts as necessary and get very good results.

What are the Side Effects of Botox?

Each body’s reaction to botox is different. While some do not have any difficulties, some say that certain side effects are seen. Botox side effects may occur in rare cases. The known side effects of Botox are as follows.

  • Pain, redness or edema at the injection site
    mild nausea
  • Temporary paralysis in the muscles near the area where Botox was applied
  • Flu symptoms
  • Dry mouth and wheezing
  • Fever, chills and hives
  • Bleeding, swelling
  • Weakening of the lower eyelid muscles
  • Muscle weakness that spreads throughout the body
  • Speech misfire
  • Headache and numbness

These side effects are usually seen in people who are hypersensitive to the active ingredient of the drug. Different side effects may occur depending on the area where Botox is applied.

Who Should Not Have Botox?

Botox is not an aesthetic procedure that everyone can have. It is definitely inconvenient for people with muscle disease, breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women to have botox done by experts.

Which Diseases Is Botox Used For?

We mentioned at the beginning of the article that Botox is a form of treatment. So, which diseases does botox play a serious role in the treatment of? We will now answer this question.

Botox can be a savior for a while for people who have excessive sweating problems. The nerve impulse to the sweat glands can be blocked for a period of 6 months. This allows the person to relax, albeit temporarily.

The quality of life of people with migraine problems decreases day by day. Intolerable pain affects the patient seriously. Botox can relieve pain for a period of 4 to 6 months, depending on the patient’s condition. In this treatment, botulinum toxin, which is the main ingredient of botox, is applied to the forehead, temple, nape and neck area.

Another issue where Botox is used for therapeutic purposes is teeth grinding. People who face this disease say that they experience dental problems as well as physical pain. The severity of the pain is more intense, especially in those who sleep with their teeth clenched at night. Complications due to teeth grinding are prevented for a while by applying a Botox procedure to the muscle called Masseter, which is responsible for jaw movement.

Apart from all these treatment areas, the areas where botox is used;
Twisting of the neck caused by the involuntary movement of the neck muscles called cervical dystonia
Neurologic conditions called muscle contractures, such as cerebral paresis
Urinary incontinence due to overworking of the bladder
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Botox can also be used in the treatment of neck and shoulder muscle spasms.

What is Sweating Botox?

Excessive sweating occurs due to the over-activity of sweat glands. People who experience this situation state that their quality of life is adversely affected. People who suffer from excessive sweating usually target their palms, soles, and armpits. Sweating botox is the solution of excessive sweating with a simple procedure. With Botox injections, botulinum toxin is injected, which blocks the stimulation between the nerve endings and the sweat gland. Controlling sweating with Botox treatment has been known for more than 20 years.

What is Migraine Botox?

In people with migraine problems, feelings such as intolerance, impatience and stress occur uncontrollably during pain. How is migraine treated for those who realize that these problems affect their lives negatively? They seek an answer to their question. Migraine is one of the diseases that can be effectively resolved with botox. Migraine treatment is provided by examining it in a personalized framework. Studies conducted to date show that the frequency of migraine attacks and the severity of pain can be controlled with botox.

How Long Does the Effect of Botox Last?

It is seen that Botox starts to show its effect within 3 to 7 days after it is applied. It maintains its permanence for about three or four months. As the Botox process is repeated, the effect can last for about 12 months.

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