Botuline toxine (Botox) is a natural protein which is produced by the Clostridium Botulinum bacteria. The protein temporarily blocks the muscle-nerve transition, resulting in a decreased muscle activity.
Botox is used to treat various neurologic ailments in standard medicine. For over 20 years it has also been used for cosmetic reasons. It is injected in the muscles which, by flexing them, cause fine lines. Such as the lines between the eyes (caused by frowning), the horizontal lines on the forehead (caused by raising the brows) and the so called crow’s feet (caused by smiling and squinting because of the sun). Because Botox treats the cause of these wrinkles, namely the muscle activity, it is the most effective treatment and it also prevents lines getting deeper over time.
Botox is also very effective in treating heavy eyebrows (brow lift), bunny lines (wrinkles on the nose), chin dimples, lifting the corners of the mouth and a gummy smile.
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Botox is also commonly used against excessive sweating (underarm, hands, feet). It blocks the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate sweat glands.When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, severe sweating is reduced. The Botox is injected in the armpit, hands or feet, reducing the production of sweat for 6 to 12 months.
A more medical use of Botox is the treatment of migraine headache caused by stress. By relaxing certain facial muscles the severity and frequency is reduced and in some cases headaches disappear completely. In half of the cases where migraine is treated a good result is achieved, with headache caused by stress the results are even better.
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In some cases these treatments are (partially) covered by your insurance, depending on your insurance company and coverage. We will always provide you with a specification to present to your insurance company.
Botox has been used for both medical and cosmetic purposes, for nearly 40 years, with no known adverse effects. It is a registered medicine, which has been tested extensively before it came on the market. Because of the low dosage that is used there are virtually no risks involved in having a cosmetic procedure with Botox.
After treating the horizontal lines on the forehead, a sense of heavy brows can occur. This is hardly ever visible and should pass after 2 to 3 weeks. Allergies and inflammations hardly ever occur, but are possible.
Less than 1% of people contain antibodies against Botox; treatments have hardly, if any, effect.
Before the procedure
During the intake you can voice your wishes and expectations with the cosmetic doctor who will be treating you. This intake is always free of charge and without any obligations. You will be told about the options, alternatives and possible results.
If you decide to go ahead with the procedure you will fill out a form regarding your health which will determine if Botox is suitable for you. In most cases there isn’t a contra-indication, except for if you are (possibly) pregnant or if you are using certain medicines.
For the treatment of excessive sweating it is necessary to shave.
The doctor will start by drawing the areas which will be injected. These areas are determined by the muscle activity causing wrinkles or where the production of sweat occurs. Next, the “before pictures” are taken, which serve as a reference to examine the results during your check-up.
With a sterile needle, the Botox is injected directly into the muscle, or into the skin if excessive sweating is being treated. It will feel like a pin prick and/or a slight burning sensation and is not considered as painful by most people; an anesthetic isn’t necessary.
A Botox procedure takes just 10 minute and in the USA it is also called a lunchtime treatment because of this.
After the procedure
Sometimes the skin can appear a bit red or swollen, after about 15-30 minutes this will disappear. Directly after the procedure you can pursue your normal activities.
In order to achieve maximum results you are advised to flex the treated muscles as much as possible for 3 hours after the procedure. Do not massage the treated area and stay up straight (do not lie down, bend over or exercise). After a couple of hours you can apply make up again.
In case a small bruise appears you are advised to stay out of the sun for the first couple of days.
After a couple of days the skin will look more relaxed. Wrinkles become softer, or disappear completely. After 2 weeks, the definitive results will appear. During your check up “after pictures” will be made in order to evaluate the results.
Initially the results will last for 3-4 months. If you repeat the procedure before the wrinkles regain their original form and depth, over the course of time the results will be better for a longer period (on average 6-9 months).
After a Botox dry procedure you will notice that the treated area becomes drier after about a week and after 2 weeks the production of sweat is ceased. This effect will last for about 6-9 months.