Are you looking to use botulinum toxin injections to change the appearance of your face?

Botulinum toxin injections are probably one of the most popular cosmetic procedures among the general public, not least because of their widespread use among celebrities. Although they may be criticised, they remain one of the most widely used methods of reducing fine lines, especially in the upper face.

If you are considering Btx, it is essential that you get advice from a specialised professional to obtain an optimal result. At Turó Park Clinics, our aesthetic doctors are experts in the technique and will help you achieve natural and long-lasting results.

What is botulinum toxin?

Botox® is the most common name used for botulinum toxin. This toxin is produced naturally by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and has the property of inhibiting nerve transmission in muscles, thus preventing their contraction.

When injected into the face, botulinum toxin affects the nerves that control the muscles, preventing them from contracting, giving a much smoother and relaxed appearance to the face.

Botulinum toxin injections has been used since 1975 to correct infantile strabismus, facial tics and uncontrollable blinking (blepharospasm), spasmodic torticollis, dysphonia, temporomandibular joint pain and, of course, to reduce facial wrinkles in aesthetic medicine.

What are the principal uses for facial Btx?

botulinum toxin injections is mainly used to correct expression lines in the upper part of the face: frown lines, crow's feet, horizontal forehead lines, etc.

Botulinum toxin injections are also performed to correct the appearance of the neck, lips and the corners of the mouth, where the "smile lines", also known as "sadness lines" or "bitterness creases", are sometimes found.

The use of Btx on the face is considered an aesthetic treatment and can be seen as a corrective or preventive measure, as soon as the first wrinkles or expression lines appear.

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How is a Btx facial treatment performed?

Before the procedure

Prior to the procedure, a consultation is necessary so that the doctor can establish your personalised treatment plan.

This first visit will also be an opportunity to rule out any reasons preventing the patient from receiving the treatment. If you regularly take medication or have a medical condition, it is the time to discuss this with your doctor.

The injections

The needles are very fine and the injections are mostly painless. Therefore, the procedure does not require anaesthesia. However, in some cases an anaesthetic cream may be used to ensure patient comfort.

The skin is first disinfected, and then small doses of botulinum toxin solution are injected into the muscles at very precise points.

In general, the session lasts between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on the extent of the work to be done.

Follow-up after the operation

The effects of the botulinum toxin injection may appear after 2 to 10 days, depending on the patient. This is the time it takes for the product to work and for the muscle to respond to the botulinum toxin by relaxing. A consultation with the doctor is recommended after 15 days to check the results and the evolution of the treatment.

Post-treatment is simple, just do not massage the injection points -especially for wrinkles between the eyebrows-, do not do intense sports and do not wear a motorbike helmet. In addition, hot baths, hammam sessions or exposure to the sun should also be avoided for 24 hours.

The effects of botulinum toxin last between 4 and 6 months after the injections. After this period, a new session of botulinum toxin can be booked.

Facial botulinum toxin injections: our responses to your FAQs

The most frequent contraindications to botulinum toxin injections are the following:
  • neuromuscular diseases such as myasthenia
  • concomitant treatment with aminoglycosides (a family of antibiotics including amiklin and gentalin)
  • allergy to botulinum neurotoxin A or to serum albumin

Btx is also not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

botulinum toxin injections do not usually cause any complications. However, slight swelling, redness and very superficial bruising may occur immediately after the procedure.
You should avoid taking medicines that promote bruising, such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs.
No, injections can be given at any time of the year.

 

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