When it comes to botulinum toxin, you really get all kinds of opinions. This is a common thought probably because of the image we have of Hollywood stars: extreme and truly unnatural facelifts, skins stretched to the limit, excessive “pumping” of cheekbones and lips. Everything is referred to the toxin that has nothing to do with it, since it can only be used on the upper part of the face, and above all it is not used for augmentation of volumes. Almost 6 million people in the world regularly have botulinum toxin injection every year.
It is important to clarify what botulinum toxin is and why people love it.
Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxic protein, and it is consequently considered a full-fledged drug: the “Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco (AIFA) has, in fact, granted the authorization for aesthetic uses only to doctors. It can be used for a great variety of purposes, including smoothing facial wrinkles, thus restoring a younger, wrinkle-free face. However, there are many therapeutical purposes: it can be, for example, a cure for some muscular problems and excessive sweating.
In any case, treatments with botulinum toxin must be preceded by a careful medical history, keeping in mind that the face must not be distorted in its proportions. The goal will be to alleviate and not completely erase the signs of aging, while maintaining the patient’s points of expression. So, the key is to rely on the expert hands of competent doctors!
If the injection is performed by an experienced specialist, the side effects are minimal (sometimes mild headaches), local and especially transient.
The effect of botulinum toxin is to give a fresher and more relaxed expression.
And what comment should the patient be asked after the treatment? “My dear, you look so relaxed!”