Botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox, is a local treatment that removes facial wrinkles temporarily. Zoom on its use in the show “Objectif 10 years less” broadcast on M6 from 8 October.
Botox is mainly used to reduce expression lines, that is wrinkles around the eyes, between the eyebrows and forehead wrinkles. Unlike a treatment based on hyaluronic acid that aims to fill wrinkles, Botox aims to stretch the skin. Although the use of Botox has sometimes been decried, the fact remains that the results have been proven and that Botox is more reserved only for stars and becomes one of the flagship solutions in anti-cancer treatments. -rides. Nevertheless, for best results, it can be coupled with other treatments such as hyaluronic acid for example.
How does Botox work?
The muscles contract with a substance called acetylcholine that allows the transmission of nerve impulses in the synapses. Botulinum toxin, once injected locally into the muscle that one wants to treat, will block the production of acetylcholine and lead to paralysis of the treated muscle. Thus, the skin remains tense, because it is no longer sought and wrinkles disappear. The results on forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet and lion’s wrinkles are often the most spectacular. It is possible to perform injections at the lower part of the face but there is moderate risk of transient oral paralysis, that is why botox is most often injected at the upper part of the face. The effects of the toxin fade after 5 to 6 months.
How is the treatment, price and contraindications?
The treatment of wrinkles with Botox is done through local injections performed directly on the desired muscle. If the injection itself only lasts a few minutes, it nevertheless requires some precautions:
– have a completely clean and makeup-free skin on the day of injection
– Tracing, by the practitioner, points of injections on the face
– a careful dosage of botulinum toxin
– do not take an anti-coagulant the days before the injection.
If all these requirements are met, a cosmetic surgeon can proceed with the injection of Botox.
Price side, count around 180 euros for an area like the lion’s ride and crows feet.
Keep the benefits of treatment
Although not very painful, it is advisable to take some precautions after the injection to optimize the result:
Put an anesthetic ointment to reduce the pain.
Do not touch or massage areas that have been treated for 24 hours after the injection.
Do not exercise or lie down for 4 hours.
Do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory for 3 – 4 days to avoid spreading the product in unwanted areas. If the first results can appear in the days following the injection, it remains nonetheless that it is necessary to wait about 8 days before seeing the first conclusive results. The effects, meanwhile, will last between 4 and 6 months and it will be necessary to repeat the operation beyond or as soon as the new appearance of wrinkles.