So is Botox completely harmless?
It's not quite that simple. Botulinum toxin is a prescription drug that belongs only in the hands of specialists. So what makes Botox treatment absolutely safe and successful?
1. Do not be afraid of a "frozen face".
Before each treatment I analyse the anatomy of your face, paying particular attention to your natural facial expressions. This way I can treat wrinkles without affecting the natural expression of your face. You may have already seen pictures of “plastic faces” without facial expressions (google “Nicole Kidman Botox”). Such results appear again and again in the media. But they are not among the results of serious aesthetic medicine.
2 Botox corrects the so-called expression lines.
These occur on the forehead, between the eyebrows or on the eyes when we frown, raise the eyebrows or smile. If there are already stable or fixed wrinkles in these areas, they are strongly smoothed with Botox. However, they may have to be post-treated with filler.
3. Botox does not last forever
Please do not expect the treatment to permanently remove wrinkles. Botulinum toxin is broken down by the body. This means that it is gradually losing its effect. The manufacturers of the drug claim 6 full months. But in my experience, the first wrinkles start to appear again after 4 months. After 5-6 months they are back. For this reason it is important to plan a continuous treatment every 6 months. This is the only way to achieve a permanent reduction of your wrinkles.
4. Smile, please!
To assess results objectively, I photograph the three typical facial expressions for anger, laughter and raised eyebrows before and after treatment.
5. Be careful with cheap Botox treatments
I only use products that are approved in Switzerland. Everything else is illegal. Period! We currently have five botulinum toxin products approved for wrinkle therapy. Botox, Vistabel, Bocouture, Azzalure and Dysport. span>
The price of these products on the market also determines the price of the treatment. You should therefore be careful when you are offered treatment at a very low price. In such a case, you often cannot rely on the origin of the medication. Or you may be treated with a diluted product. In addition, you should only be treated by a specialist. Only a doctor can act quickly and correctly in case of complications.
6. There are no secret botox tricks
The drug is injected according to a special treatment protocol established after extensive studies in aesthetic medicine in 2013. In practice, this means that treatment is administered at a specific dose and at specific injection sites to avoid side effects or overdose.