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What is Botox and how does it work?

BOTOX It is a drug obtained from a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum and used to relax the muscles. It is obtained by using the same method as almost all antibiotics. Basically, it is the substance secreted by the bacteria to protect itself. This drug has been used for more than 20 years in different branches of medicine to relieve muscle contractions.

The muscles that enable us to make facial movements are attached to the skin on them. As a result of years of mimics, the muscles form visible lines and wrinkles on the skin.
It is a chemical called acetylcholine, which passes from the nerve endings that make muscle movement to the muscles. Botox substance is injected into the muscle group area whose movements are to be restricted. The substance that settles on the nerve endings prevents acetylcholine from passing to the muscles and limits muscle movement for a certain period of time. The muscles that are restricted in movement relax, the wrinkles in this area disappear in a short time, a more peaceful and younger appearance appears. A Botox treated forehead looks smoother and wrinkle-free. The eyebrows move less and it becomes harder to frown. After the third month, this effect decreases and the muscles gradually return to their old movements towards the sixth month. As a result of repetitive applications, botox seriously slows down aging, especially in the upper part of the face, by having a longer lasting effect over time.

The most suitable areas for treatment;
– Forehead wrinkles,
– Around the eyes,
– Between the eyebrows,
– It is also used in neck lines, wrinkles on the sides of the nose, nose tip lifting, fine and superficial wrinkles on the upper lip (cigarette marks), wrinkles in the chin area.
– It is also applied to the palms of the hands, feet and armpits against excessive sweating.

Before the treatment, the patient is informed about the procedure and its results. Patient expectations and the results that can be obtained from botox, its suitability for the person and to what extent the expectation can be met are discussed in detail.
The treatment area is cleaned approximately 1 hour before and local anesthetic cream is applied.
A very small amount of the diluted drug is injected into the muscles in the treated area. This procedure is performed very quickly in the treatment room while you are sitting in an upright position. It is very important to stay in an upright position for 1-2 hours after the treatment in order to ensure that the Botox drug stays in the injected place. In addition, during this period, exercise should be applied to the muscles where the drug is injected.

Botox injections to be made every 6 months in the first applications and once a year after regular applications are extremely successful. Treatment may be required more frequently in patients with larger facial muscles (such as men) or in people who use their facial muscles more and have a lot of facial expressions. Usually, as a result of botox injections, the facial muscles are almost ‘trained’ not to move too much. Over time, it is sufficient to use less medication to relieve the lines. When people who have been regularly applied botox for 2 years continue in the same way, there may be a significant decrease in their muscles and a change in facial expression. For this reason, it is recommended that applications be made at longer intervals after the 2nd year.

Botox injections have little or no side effects and are temporary. There may be a mild headache, bruising that heals in a few days and can be covered with makeup. If the botox drug slides towards a point close to the eyelid due to incorrect application, a situation such as a temporary drooping of the upper eyelid may occur. However, this is a very rare side effect.

The result will depend on the injection site and the amount of drug administered. The characteristics of the drug, the methods of application and the experience of the person applying it are the most important factors affecting the success. Movements (mimics) that cause wrinkles on the forehead and eyebrows will be prevented, if desired, the application can be made so that the muscles remain slightly mobile. Other muscles of the face are not affected by the injections. The drug is effective only in the application area.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should wait to get the injections. Those who have neuromuscular disorders or bleeding problems, skin diseases in the area to be treated are not suitable candidates.


Is Botox snake venom?
No. It is a toxin derived from a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. Many antibiotics are also obtained by this method.

Does Botox Cause Paralysis?
No. Botox restricts the movements of the muscles to which it is injected for a certain period of time. It certainly does not cause numbness.

Does Botox Make an Expressionless Facial Expression?
This largely depends on the practitioner’s performance. Botox is a highly controlled, safe, risk-free, and successful drug that can be applied as an alternative to some surgeries.

Does it add volume to the lips and face?
No, an area given botox does not swell. This process is done with fillers that fall into a separate category.

How Can Cheap Botox Prices Be Given?
If the drug is made in China or diluted more than necessary, the price can be quite cheap.