Botox is a common treatment to reduce the visibility of wrinkles and is often used to give a fresh and more youthful look.
What is botulinum toxin?
Botulinum toxin – or botox as it is commonly known – is a protein that is injected into the fine muscles under the skin. When these muscles tense, the skin contracts. As skin elasticity and suppleness decrease, these contractions lead to wrinkles. The toxin temporarily blocks the nerve impulses to the muscles and reduces contractions. The result is smoother skin and a decrease in visible wrinkles. The treatment is safe and relatively painless. It only takes a few minutes and you can return to your daily activities immediately afterwards.
What is treated?
Botox is used to treat wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes, around the mouth and on the neck (crow’s feet, browlift, nefertitis lift) as well as against so-called gummysmile. It is also used against sweating and teeth grinding.
How long does it last?
The effects come gradually and are best seen after about 1 week. The treatment lasts between 3–6 months. After that, additional treatments are required to maintain the result.