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What is Botox?

Botox, which we have heard frequently in recent years, especially in the field of aesthetics, is a toxin obtained from a bacterium called Botilismus. A snake’s venom is definitely not as popularly believed. It is a medicine and has no toxic effect. It stops the border strikes of unsystematic and heavily contracted muscles, causing these muscles to relax discontinuously. Again, it does not create a paralysis in the real sense, as is believed in the public. In stroke, endings are permanently blocked and irreversible.

Botulismus toxin is widely used in two areas in Aesthetic Surgery.

  • For aesthetic purposes in reducing facial lines
  • In the treatment of excessive sweating

It is a drug that is used with confidence in the treatment of wrinkles, especially in the upper half of the face, for aesthetic purposes. It is a reliable system in eliminating the lines we call crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines and deep forehead lines. Its effect starts on the 2nd or 3rd day after the application and continues for at least 4-6 months. At the end of this period, the effect disappears. 4-6. With the second application to be made in a month, the duration of effect is extended and 2.-3. period of effect after application 8-12. It can take up to a month. Botox application can be done in the practice rules, and its allergic effect has not been shown so far. The most used places; Fine lines around the eyes (crow’s feet lines), frown lines in the middle of the eyebrows, reducing forehead wrinkles and lifting low eyebrows are the applications. It is not recommended to be applied around the lips as it may cause changes in the facial expression by restricting the movements of the lip muscles (mask face).

The second most common application of botulismus toxin is the treatment of profuse sweating. Excessive sweating is caused by the overworking of sweat glands located all over our body. These glands are most heavily clustered on the palms, soles, and underarms. Focal hyperhidrosis is increased sweating of certain parts of the body. These patients become drenched in sweat within a few minutes and have to change clothes frequently.

Focal hyperhidrosis causes significant societal problems in both private and professional life. Heavy sweat can cause skin peeling and related microbial diseases. Excessive sweating, especially in the palms and armpits, can be successfully treated with Botox application to these areas. The decrease in sweating after the application is noticed in 95% of the patients within the 1st week and 70% of this effect continues at the end of the 4th month. Average duration of effect is 7 months.

After the botox application due to excessive sweating, the emotional state of the individuals, their ability to take part in daily life and social activities, and their productivity in the workplace obviously improve.

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