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In the beauty world, few procedures are more beloved than Botox®. New-age technologies and trendy skincare products come and go, but Botox® remains a tried-and-true mainstay that transcends fads and time. The wrinkle-smoothing injectable consistently tops lists of the most popular ways to stall, slow down and temporarily ease the visible effects of aging on your appearance.
Since Botox® was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cosmetic use in 2002, it has become the go-to nonsurgical treatment for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles caused by facial expressions. Millions of Botox® treatments are carried out each year, making it one of the world’s most desired beauty enhancement procedures.
The number of birthdays behind you isn’t the only thing that affects your complexion. Some facial wrinkles form when we use our muscles to make expressions. For example, when we smile, the fine lines around our eyes (“crow’s feet”) are noticeable, and when we frown or scowl, the vertical lines between our eyebrows become prominent. The wrinkles formed during facial expressions are called dynamic wrinkles.
When we are young, our skin springs back to normal after facial expression and the dynamic lines disappear. But as we get older, and our muscles perform the same actions over and over again, the lines become ingrained in our skin. Eventually, we can see them even when our face is relaxed. These are static wrinkles — lines and folds that are visible at rest.
This aging process occurs because natural substances such as collagen (a major structural protein of the skin), elastin (a protein that allows tissue to stretch) and hyaluronic acid (which gives skin hydration and volume) decrease with age. This, together with environmental influences such as sun exposure, smoking and stress, all contribute to the formation of wrinkles.
Botox® is an injectable compound containing botulinum toxin type A, a purified neurotoxic protein that comes from a bacterium. Injectable neurotoxins target the nerves that control muscle movement and “mute” them. When treated with Botox®, the nerves cannot produce signals that trigger muscle contractions. This relaxes the overactive muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles, resulting in less pronounced lines and a smoother, more youthful complexion.
Botulinum toxin was initially used in medicine for therapeutic purposes. Its first application was the treatment of strabismus, a condition in which the eyes do not align properly. Doctors then began to use it to treat muscle spasms, and noticed a surprising side effect: it softened fine lines. A new world of cosmetic possibilities opened up for botulinum toxin, and it officially became Botox® in 1992.
Lucia Clinic’s injectors can use Botox® in many different ways to smooth wrinkles and promote a youthful, lifted appearance. Areas in the upper face are most likely to develop dynamic lines, including crow’s feet, forehead lines, vertical glabellar lines between the eyebrows and bunny lines on the sides of the nose bridge.
Other cosmetic uses for Botox® include:
In addition to its cosmetic purposes, Botox® is also used worldwide to treat sweaty underarms, palms and feet, which is a condition known as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). This is a fast, comfortable nonsurgical procedure with minimal to no side effects, making it a top choice for many people affected by this often-embarrassing condition.
Other medical uses for Botox® include:
Doctors are exploring new ways to use Botox® all the time, and we will likely see its cosmetic and therapeutic applications continue to grow.
Dubai Botox® injections can turn back the clock and enhance your facial appearance. These are just a few of the reasons why the Lucia team and our patients love this remarkably versatile treatment:
A good candidate for Botox® at Lucia Clinic Dubai is above 18 years of age and in good general health, with dynamic wrinkles in areas that Botox® can treat. An individual’s needs, rather than their age, determine whether anti-wrinkle injections are appropriate. Those with particularly expressive faces can develop wrinkles earlier than others and may wish to start regular Botox® treatments at a younger age.
People who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have a neurological disease or skin infection at the planned site of injection, or are allergic to any of the product's ingredients should not use Botox®. Don’t hesitate to contact Lucia Clinic if you have any questions about your candidacy for Dubai Botox® treatment.
A first-time consultation is essential. During your consultation, your Lucia Clinic physician will examine your face closely and ask you to make expressions. They will also make inquiries about your medical history and the treatment goals you hope to achieve. The injections can begin once your provider confirms you are a suitable candidate for Botox®.
Receiving a treatment with Botox® in Dubai takes only a few minutes and doesn’t require anesthesia. Your physician will clean the treatment area, then inject Botox® with a fine needle into specific muscles. There is only minor discomfort during the injections, making Botox® one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available.
There is no required downtime after Botox® injections, as well as little or no discomfort. Temporary bruising is the most common side effect of the treatment. We recommend that you stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before your appointment to reduce the risk of bruising. You can apply makeup and skincare products immediately but should avoid strenuous workouts for 24 hours.
Possible side effects of Botox® include headaches, pain, burning, itching and swelling in the treated area, which typically end within 24 to 48 hours. A small percentage of patients may develop eyelid drooping (ptosis). This usually resolves within three weeks. Drooping is most likely to happen when the Botox® moves around the area of treatment, so avoid lying down flat for three to four hours after injection or rubbing the treated area for 12 hours.
Botox® generally needs three to seven days to take noticeable effect and two weeks to reach full potency. Most patients find their injections last four to six months, at which point a touch-up treatment is required. When Botox® starts to wear off, muscle action returns gradually, and the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear. You may find that you need less Botox® over time because your muscles are being trained to relax. Two to three treatments per year can keep your skin looking naturally refreshed and youthful indefinitely.
More people of all ages are making Botox® procedures part of their regular skincare routine. If you’re ready to find out what Botox® can do for you, schedule a consultation with one of our expert injectors at Lucia Clinic Dubai — where Dubai goes for beauty! Contact us by phone at +971 4 385 4525 or on mobile/WhatsApp at +971 56 115 9194.
Botox® and fillers are different kinds of injectables. Fillers are soft, gel-like substances injected underneath the skin to restore volume or contour the face. They are used to treat static wrinkles as well as to lift cheekbones, add definition to the chin and jaw, smooth deep under-eye circles, reshape the nose and plump the lips. Botox® and dermal fillers are often used together to treat static lines and dynamic lines in one treatment.
Botox® contains a tiny amount of a highly diluted form of botulinum toxin that has been approved by the FDA for numerous uses. Its safety has been established in over 16 years of published studies, making it the most thoroughly researched and studied treatment of its kind.
The best age to begin Botox® injections depends on your goals, your skin, your facial expressions and your preferences. Some may see wrinkles start to develop in their 20s, while others won’t develop concerning lines until their 30s. As soon as you notice lines while your face is at rest, you may wish to consider this treatment. People who start early with preventative Botox® treatments are less likely to develop lines in the first place. The sooner you start, the easier it is to maintain a youthful appearance as you age.
Botox® is a technique-sensitive treatment performed by a highly experienced aesthetic doctor at Lucia Clinic Dubai. You should not lose the ability to show a full range of facial expressions when Botox® is administered by someone who is licensed, trained and a medical expert in facial anatomy. It is important to discuss the results you want from your treatment with your aesthetic doctor and ensure you are fully informed of any precautions and risks from the procedure.
Many people use a combination of products and procedures with Botox® in Dubai. We will advise you as to whether or not it is safe to use the other treatments you have in mind, as well as whether or not you will receive better results with your Botox® treatment if it is combined with other products or procedures available at Lucia Clinic.
Absolutely not! Botox® has also been tested successfully in male patients and a growing number of men are embracing Botox® — or “Brotox” — as a way to age gracefully, manage pain and feel more vibrant. Botox® treatments for men are largely the same as treatments for women. The procedure still involves receiving a series of injections into specific facial muscles. The primary difference men should expect is the likelihood of requiring a higher dosage than a woman.