Botox is a brand name: when we talk about botox, we actually mean the protein Botulin Toxin. This substance has an interesting history, because did you know that it is one of the most toxic substances in the world? It was discovered back in the 19th century, but it wasn’t until 1989 that science got to grips with it and the first medicine containing Botulinum Toxin came on the market. After years of development, botox was approved for cosmetic use in 2002 and so, thanks to science, we can use an originally toxic substance for beautiful results. Extraordinary, right?
Botulinum Toxin, or botox, is administered in measured amounts to ensure that muscles are temporarily not controlled by nerves. In other words, botox ensures that the transmission of signals is blocked, and the muscle contracts less forcefully. As a result, wrinkles become less visible or even disappear. However, the effect of botox is temporary: after a few months the transmission of signals recovers and the treatment can be repeated.
While a botox treatment may immediately make you think of things like frown lines, botox in the forehead is far from the only application of botulinum toxin. Botox under the eyes, for example, can help with crow’s feet or puffiness, and an eyebrow lift with botox can provide a lot of relief from heavy eyes. In addition, for example, botox is also injected for a Gummy Smile, and botox at the corners of the mouth restores a radiant smile. Botox treatment can also help for non-aesthetic reasons: botox for migraines can provide relief, and in the armpits botox for sweating has also been shown to be effective.
As appealing as it sounds to tackle all your imperfections with a botox treatment: sometimes what you want is not what you need. The trick is often to make a big difference with small adjustments – a statement that quickly became my motto. As an aesthetician, I can advise you based on your desires: what do you want to achieve with a botox treatment, and what steps can we take together? I want you to feel good and beautiful when you look in the mirror, without losing expression.
But which will it be: botox or fillers? Although the two are often mentioned in the same breath, there are indeed important differences between botox and fillers. Whereas a botox treatment provides a smoother appearance and is often applied to wrinkles, fillers provide volume to, for example, lips, cheeks or folds. Therefore, no botox is injected into lips: if you want full lips, you really need lip fillers.
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