The deep facial folds between the nose and lips can give a sad and mature look even to the youngest and most attractive face. The appearance of such a problem is associated with the active work of muscles. You can encounter this in both 40 and 20 years. Botox injections into the nasolabial folds can correct the situation radically. Let’s talk about the features of such a procedure, the effect of the drug and what most patients can count on in the end.
Basic Botox and Procedure Information
The American drug Botox has been successfully used for a couple of decades to combat muscle spasm for medical purposes. Since 2002, the product has received official approval and as a cosmetic product to eliminate facial wrinkles of varying severity.
The main active ingredient of Botox is the botulinum toxin type A. It is a toxic substance that provokes the blocking of nerve impulses. It is they that make our muscles contract, and with them the skin, which leads to the formation of wrinkles. The composition is injected directly into the muscle.
When working with the area around the eyes, the technique may change slightly: injections are carried out under the skin, so as to affect the micromuscles. The first effect can be seen already after 7 days, the result is fully visualized by the end of the second week.
Botox injections in the area of nasolabial wrinkles are not carried out, injections are carried out directly into the muscle responsible for their formation. If you want to eliminate the wrinkles themselves, it is recommended to give preference to procedures during which fillers with hyaluronic acid are used. Fillers of this nature make up for the lost volume, tighten the skin and do not pose additional risks to health and appearance.
Using Botox to troubleshoot problems in this area is not always warranted. Many cosmetologists simply refuse to use such a tool for these purposes. The thing is that the composition embedded in the muscles responsible for the nasolabial folds can lead to the development of asymmetry, immobilization of part of the face, the formation of new wrinkles.
Key contraindications and side effects
Botox injections, of course, are not always a panacea for facial wrinkles. In some cases, the use of the drug can even be hazardous to health. In order not to harm yourself, tell the specialist before the manipulations the most complete information about what diseases you suffer from, what lifestyle you lead and what you use (pills, vitamins, etc.). As a rule, attending the procedure is not recommended:
- during pregnancy and breastfeeding;
- during the illness (whether it is a common cold or an exacerbation of a chronic illness);
- with individual intolerance to or allergies to Botox components;
- with oncology and blood diseases;
- with skin defects, inflammation, herpes and other manifestations in the place where it is planned to inject.
Neglect of such recommendations explains the numerous side effects. In any case, after the procedure you will feel some discomfort, this is quite normal and acceptable for several days. There is no fear of slight pain, slight swelling, bruises and reddish spots at the injection site. If you observe stool disorder, dizziness, vomiting, and a rapid heartbeat, it is likely that the dose of the administered composition was significantly exceeded, or your body reacts in this way to Botox itself.
Before and after photos
It is quite possible to reduce the possible risks of side effects. To do this, you just need to follow simple recommendations. First of all, immediately after the procedure, do not rush to leave the medical center, stay there for about half an hour so that specialists can observe your reaction. Going beyond the threshold, do not forget:
- keep your head upright for 4 hours;
- Do not use makeup for several days;
- Do not wash your face the first day;
- Do not visit the sauna, steam room, pool, gym, solarium for two weeks;
- Do not touch the face during the first day, then during the week do not massage the problem area, do not scratch or rub it;
- refuse 7-10 days from the use of aspirin and alcohol.
Botox is a unique drug based on botulinum toxin, which is used to temporarily block the functioning of individual muscles. This tool is quite appropriate for eliminating wrinkles between the nose and lips, however, if the safety precautions are not followed, it can lead to very unpleasant consequences. Be sure to consult your beautician about what method of eliminating facial wrinkles in your case is the most preferable.