Botox, botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) is a method used to remove wrinkles on our face caused by mimic muscles. Botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) is a substance obtained from Clostridium botulinum bacteria and can be used for both medical and cosmetic purposes. The most common use; to reduce wrinkles, to obtain a taut and smooth skin appearance in the area. In addition, it can be used in the treatment of excessive sweating and migraine.

What Is Botox,  is it Snake Venom?

The most common misconception about botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) is the belief that it is snake venom. Botulinum toxin is a protein-based substance produced from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. When applied in the right amount, in the right dosage, with the right methods and by experts, it reduces wrinkles in the face area and makes the person look much younger than they are.

It is an FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) approved drug. The wrinkles that appear as a result of the repetitive movements of the mimic muscles are reduced or completely disappeared.

Botulinum toxin applications and filling applications are injection methods for completely different purposes. In some cases, both applications can be used in combination. The main purpose of filling applications is to correct the contour problems caused by the lack of volume.

What is the Raw Material of Botulinum Toxin (Botox / Dysport)?

The raw material of botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) is botulinum toxin obtained from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin is a powerful protein-based toxin. The amount used in botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) treatment is very important. For this reason, the application must be done by specialist physicians.

What Does Botulinum Toxin (Botox / Dysport) Do? Why is botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) made?

Botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) is mostly applied for aesthetic purposes today. It helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and prevent the formation of wrinkles by reducing muscle contractions and overworking of the muscles. Botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) can be applied on the forehead, between the eyebrows, around the eyes, in the lower parts of the face and on the neck, to eliminate the complaints of aging, angry and confused appearance.

It can also be used for the relief of excessive sweating and bad odor complaints caused by excessive sweating. Recently, it has been widely used in the treatment of migraine and successful results have been observed.

In Which Areas Is Botox Used?

The most common cosmetic use of botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) is wrinkle treatment. The application is usually made to the face area. Percent;

  • Forehead
  • Lines around the eyes called crow’s feet
  • lip edges
  • lip corners
  • chin tip
  • It can be safely applied to the neck area.

How is Botox Treatment done?

Botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport), applied by injection method, is not a painful procedure, except for a slight pain felt at the time of injection. Injection method, also known as injecting, is the process of injecting liquid or medicine into a channel, vein, tissue or space in the body, mostly through an injector. In Botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) treatment, Botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) is injected from the areas determined by the doctor according to the complaint of the person and the area to be used, and daily life can be continued comfortably after the application.

Who Should Not Apply Botulinum Toxin (Botox / Dysport)? Can Pregnant Women Have Botulinum Toxin (Botox / Dysport)?

Botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) is not applied to people with neuromuscular diseases such as Eaton-Lambert syndrome, myasthenia gravis. In addition, Botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) treatment is not preferred during pregnancy and lactation, as it is not yet known whether it has a harmful effect or not.

When will the effect of botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) be evident?

The effect of botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) starts within 3-4 days after application and reaches full effect within 7-10 days.

How Long Does the Effect of Botulinum Toxin (Botox / Dysport) Last?

The effect of botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) continues uninterrupted for 3 months after the application. Afterwards, its effect gradually decreases, but the person cannot notice this decrease clinically. From the 4th month after the application, the decrease in the effect gradually becomes noticeable and on average 5-6. effect expires in a month. More positive results are obtained in the application of Botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) repeated without allowing the mimic muscles to re-strengthen.

In people who start Botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) application at very advanced ages, the effect is more limited in the first time. However, while very deep wrinkles become superficial, more superficial wrinkles disappear. Botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) application immediately after the end of the effect gives even better results.

What Side Effects Can Botulinum Toxin (Botox / Dysport) Have?

Injection of botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) into the muscles is mostly well tolerated, so it is unlikely to cause side effects. However, people with hypersensitivity to the active ingredient of the drug may experience side effects, albeit rare. Side effects after botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) treatment also vary depending on where the botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) is applied.

Possible side effects;

  • Swelling
  • mild pain
  • bruising
  • Edema
  • Headache and numbness
  • dry mouth

These side effects usually disappear in a short time without any intervention.

How often should Botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) be administered? What Happens When You Stop Taking Botulinum Toxin (Botox / Dysport)?

Botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) treatment can maintain its effectiveness for 4 to 6 months after the first application, so if the effect of Botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) disappears, the treatment can be repeated after 4 months. Patients prefer to have Botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) application twice a year, since the effect is mostly seen 6 months after the application. Regular Botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) procedures may result in a decrease in the frequency of treatment, as the duration of action will be prolonged.

It is also a mistake to think that if you stop taking botulinum toxin (Botox / Dysport) application, it will get worse. Interrupting the application only causes the resumption of wrinkle formation. Other than that, it does not cause any negative effects on the person.