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Botulinum toxin or BOTOX™ is one of the most efficient and safe treatments in cosmetic surgery today. Its main use in this field is the correction of expression wrinkles on the upper part of the face, in other words, between the eyebrows, crow’s feet and forehead. We want to share with you, important details that you must keep in mind once you have come up with the decision of using this great product.

How does it work? It consists on the relaxation of part of the muscles’ fibers where the toxin is injected to reduce its contraction potency, therefore, reducing the lines produced by facial expressions. It is not a filling, which generates no risks of forming bags or face bumps.

How many sessions are necessary? It only requires of one session, it is a quick and easy application, it takes 15 minutes and a re-touch is regularly done after the first 10 days. It doesn’t need anesthesia and the effect begins from 48 to 72 hours after its injected and lasts for about 4 to 6 months, this depends on the habits and metabolism of each of the patients.

What side effects can it have? Between the most common side effects one can find the loss of the natural face expression (asymmetries and unnatural movements), however, this effect is only shown because of a bad application. To avoid this situation, it is important that the application is done by a specialist that counts with a wide knowledge and experience of the facial anatomy and the muscular dynamic. This procedure must be done at certified medical office.

Does It have any contraindications? It is important to consider that this procedure is contraindicated on systemic neurological diseases, during breast feeding and pregnancy.

What other uses does it have? Besides its aesthetical use, the botulinum toxin also has therapeutic uses to deal with problems such as migraines, excessive sweating, dental problems like bruxism. Every time more and more facial surgeons use it to avoid scars and relieve muscular pain.

Are there any other advises on its use? It is advisable to begin its application with the first lines of expression to prevent the appearance of new wrinkles. All recommendations from your doctor must be followed in terms of frequency and cares. Botox™ doesn’t produce allergies nor sicknesses and when applied by professional doctors it produces very good results, for these and many more reasons it will continue to be considered an effective and safe treatment on facial aesthetic.

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