Services • Facial cosmetology

Botox

What is Botox?

Botox, short for botulinum toxin, is a neurotoxin protein that is used in cosmetic and medical treatments. The injection works by blocking the nerve signals that cause muscle contractions, resulting in smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

In cosmetic applications, Botox injections are commonly used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by temporarily paralyzing or weakening the muscles responsible for creating those wrinkles.

Botox treatments are minimally invasive, and the effects typically last for several months.

What is in Botox?

Botox contains several key elements:

Botulinum toxin: A purified protein, produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, is the core active ingredient. 
Sodium chloride: This is simply table salt, present in a tiny amount to maintain a stable solution.
Human albumin: This protein, derived from human blood plasma, helps stabilize the toxin and prevent clumping.
Lactose: This sugar is present in trace amounts to aid in the freeze-drying process, ensuring long-term stability.

It’s important to understand that Botox is a prescription medication, not a cosmetic product. Its use requires careful assessment and administration by a qualified healthcare professional.

Common Questions About Botox

How does Botox work?

Botox is a substance with cosmetic and therapeutic uses. Botox isn’t a filler, it doesn’t “fill” wrinkles. Instead, it works like a messenger, temporarily blocking nerve signals to specific muscles. Imagine your facial expressions like a complex orchestra, with each muscle as a musician playing an instrument. Botox acts like the conductor, selectively mute specific instruments, in our case, the muscles that cause wrinkles.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Botox is injected in precise, microdoses into targeted muscles.
    2. The injected molecules travel to the nerve endings within these muscles.
    3. They bind to specific receptors on these nerves, preventing a crucial chemical messenger called acetylcholine from docking there.
    4. Without acetylcholine, the signal to contract cannot be transmitted effectively. The muscles relax, leading to a visible softening of wrinkles.

How long does Botox last?

Longevity of your Botox treatment can offer significant improvement for several months. However, the exact duration depends on several factors, so let’s look at them in detail.

Your body’s metabolism, muscle activity and even injection area, all influence how quickly your body breaks down Botox. Generally, individuals with faster metabolisms might see results diminish sooner. Slower metabolisms can extend the effects for longer time periods. Areas with more muscle movement tend to require more and more frequent touch-ups compared to less mobile areas.

Initial dosage and injection technique also impact longevity. Higher doses naturally lead to longer-lasting effects, but this needs to be carefully balanced with your desired outcome and potential side effects. At Paphos Eye and Laser Clinic we will tailor the dosage and placement strategy based on your unique anatomy and concerns. This precision helps achieve optimal results while minimizing the risk of uneven outcomes or excessive muscle relaxation.

It’s important to remember that Botox isn’t a one-time fix. It’s a progressive treatment plan that we build together. To maintain consistent results, we will schedule touch up appointments once the previous treatment starts to wear off. This helps prevent wrinkles and allows us to fine tune your desired aesthetic.

How long does Botox take to work? How soon will I see results?

The effect isn’t immediate. Usually, it takes 3-7 days for the full relaxation to gradually kick in. The duration of this effect varies depending on various factors, but usually lasts for about 3-4 4-5 months. As the body gradually breaks down the Botox, the nerve-muscle connection resumes, and wrinkles return, necessitating repeat treatments for sustained results.

Is Botox safe?

Botox derives from botulinum toxin, a powerful substance produced by bacteria. However, when used for health and cosmetic purposes, Botox is highly regulated and goes through a meticulous purification process. This process isolates a tiny, precisely measured amount of the botulinum toxin type A. This minute dose is then diluted further, ensuring it targets only the specific muscles we want to relax for therapeutic reasons.

The safety of Botox lies in this precise control over the amount and location of the injection. Botox injections are localized. This minimizes any risk of Botox spreading to unintended areas and causing side effects. Additionally, the dosage used for cosmetic purposes is significantly lower than any possible amount that could cause harm.

Can you get Botox while pregnant? 

Even though the amount of Botox used for therapeutic purposes is tiny and stays localized in the injected area, there’s always a chance some might travel through the bloodstream. The first trimester is a sensitive period for fetal development, so even a small amount of Botox circulation during this time could be risky.

The best course of action is to avoid Botox altogether while pregnant. There are many safe and effective ways to manage wrinkles and other cosmetic concerns during this special time. We would be happy to discuss alternative options with you that can help you look and feel your best throughout your pregnancy.

Can Botox cause headaches? 

 Headaches may occur in a small percentage of patients, typically following injections in the forehead or around the eyes. These headaches are usually mild and resolve within a day or two.

What areas of the face can be treated with Botox?

Let’s divide your face in three equal parts. The most commonly treated areas are those in the upper third of the face. This includes frown lines, which are the vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows. These lines can make you look tired, anxious or angry, and Botox can significantly soften them. Horizontal forehead lines, caused by the raise of your eyebrows over time, can be relaxed with Botox, creating a smooth and youthful appearance. Crow’s feet, the fine lines around the outer corners of your eyes that appear when you smile, can also be effectively softened with Botox injections.

Botox can be used in various other facial regions to achieve subtle improvements:

Bunny lines, the small wrinkles that crinkle your nose when you scrunch it, can be softened with precise Botox injections.

The area between your nose and upper lip can also be treated to minimize the appearance of vertical lines often called lipstick lines or smoker’s lines.

Botox can even be used to create a subtle brow lift by carefully relaxing specific muscles that pull your eyebrows down.

If you suffer from a gummy smile, where excessive gum shows when you grin, Botox can help by relaxing the muscle that controls the upper lip.

Paphos Eye and Laser Clinic offers pre operation consultation to determine the right treatment for your desired outcome.

What does a Botox treatment feel like?

Now let’s talk about what you can expect during a Botox treatment at Paphos Eye and Laser clinic. The procedure itself is minimally invasive and well tolerated. Discomfort is minimal – if none, but let’s go through it step-by-step.

First, we clean and sterilize the areas we’ll be treating with Botox. We may use a topical anesthetic cream to numb the area. This will minimize any prickling sensation you might feel during the injection. The needles used for Botox are very fine, similar to the one’s diabetics use daily and the injection process is very quick. You might feel a slight prick as the needle goes in, but again, this is usually quite mild.

After the injections, you might experience some temporary redness or minor swelling at the injection areas. These effects are usually very subtle and resolve within a day or two. You can apply a cold compress to the area for brief periods of time to help reduce any swelling or discomfort. It’s important to avoid rubbing or massaging the treated areas for a few hours after the injection, as this can potentially affect how the Botox distributes itself.

Botox is a very tolerable procedure. The majority of Paphos Eye and Laser Clinic do not mention discomfort. If you have any concerns or questions about what to expect during your treatment, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Is Botox painful?

It’s natural to be concerned about any pain or discomfort involved. 

As we mention above, the needles used for Botox are very thin and fine, similar to those used for insulin injections. The actual injection itself typically feels like a slight pinch or prick. Some patients describe it as a quick sting or a sensation similar to a mosquito bite. To further minimize discomfort, we may numb the injection area with a topical anesthetic beforehand.  

What precautions should I take after my Botox treatment?

Following these aftercare instructions will optimize your Botox treatment’s results and minimize any potential side effects.

  • For the first 24 hours avoid strenuous exercise or activities that significantly elevate your heart rate. This includes things like going to the gym, running, or intense physical labor. Strenuous activity can increase blood flow to the injection sites, potentially diminishing the effect of Botox.
  • Resist the urge to touch, rub, or massage the treated areas for a full day. This movement can also displace the Botox and compromise its effectiveness. If you need to adjust your hair or touch your face, do so very gently without applying pressure to the injection sites.
  • For the rest of the day after your treatment, it’s best to relax and avoid lying flat on your face. Propping yourself up on pillows while sleeping can help prevent this.
  • Avoid excessive heat exposure, including strong direct sunlight, hot showers, saunas, and steam rooms. Heat can cause swelling and may also affect how the Botox settles in.
  • Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage. Remember, protecting your skin is important regardless of Botox treatment.
  • Finally, avoid consuming alcohol for 24 hours after your injection. Alcohol can thin the blood and potentially increase bruising at the injection sites.

By following these aftercare instructions carefully, you’ll be well on your way to achieving the smooth, wrinkle-free results you desire from your Botox treatment. If you have any questions or experience any unusual discomfort, don’t hesitate to contact us.