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Surgeon's Notes

How Botox works

Botox combats wrinkles that are created when nerve cells
within the muscles beneath the skin release a chemical
called acetylcholine. This chemical triggers a muscle
contraction that creates wrinkles. The Botox product,
medically known as Botulinum Toxin Type A, is an injectable
compound that disrupts the release of acetylcholine
which essentially paralyzes the muscle and stops the
contraction. Results are fully evident within one week after
treatment and remain for a minimum of three months.
Botox typically reduces wrinkles by 80 percent. Patients
are typically between the ages of 35 and 60. Results vary
among individual cases, and the results are temporary.
You will need to plan for additional injections, depending
on your long-term treatment goals.

The Botox Procedure Botox injection is performed in the
doctor’s office, usually without anesthesia. However, a
numbing cream may be applied to the treatment area.
Patients may experience some minimal discomfort from
the needle injection. Depending upon the extent of
treatment, the procedure can take a few minutes up to
20 minutes. Generally, patients return home shortly after
the treatment is complete.

The selection of injection points is critical to the success
of the procedure. The points of injection are first scored
with a marking pencil. The doctor may select numerous
injection points for each location to be treated.

These points may not be located on the wrinkle itself,
but at the area where the muscle contracts. Antiseptic
is also applied. The doctor will then determine the amount
of Botox to be used for the procedure.

The Botox filler is then injected into the marked points
beneath the skin. The toxins in Botox fasten to the muscles’
nerve endings, which inhibits the release of the chemical
acetylcholine. This will stop the muscle contractions that
wrinkle the skin. Results are usually evident within one
week and typically last about three to five months.

Recovery and Side Effects of Botox

The most common side effects of Botox include
headache, nausea, flu-like symptoms, and redness and
pain at the injection points. Infrequently, patients may
experience muscle weakness or drooping of the upper
eyelid muscles. This side effect usually resolves itself within
days, or in rare cases, months after the procedure. Normal
activities can be resumed immediately. However, patients
are advised to stay out of the sun. Unmanageable pain
or any symptoms that are progressive or abnormal should
be reported to your doctor immediately. Talk to your doctor
to fully understand the risks, complications, and remedies.

This procedure can be done in the
UK and Istanbul


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