How Do Botox injections work?
Botox Cosmetic is an injectable that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The bacterium Clostridium botulinum has powerful muscle relaxing abilities.
Botox cosmetic contains a substance that works underneath the skin’s surface. Botox inhibits the signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle cannot contract. This causes fine lines and wrinkles to be reduced. Botox is frequently utilized on forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eye), and frown lines. The sun and gravity can cause wrinkles. Botox is not a filler.
Botox Cosmetic is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with minor ease. Botox cosmetic generally takes 7 to 14 days to express full results. You should abstain from alcohol one to two weeks before the procedure. You should avoid NSAIDs 7-10 days prior to the procedure.
Is Botox painful?
Topical analgesics can be applied prior to Botox treatment to make the procedure more comfortable. Without topical analgesics, the discomfort is minimal with a Botox treatment.
Every Botox session is comprised of a few little injections of botulinum toxin type A. The amount of Botox is dictated by the area that is to be injected. Some areas require more Botox than others. The level of discomfort is dependent upon patient’s pain tolerance.
How Long Does Botox Injection Last?
Botox Cosmetic is an injectable toxin that will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In general, Botox injections can last from 3 to 6 months from one treatment. Depending on the patient’s individual activity, Botox can be metabolized at different rates shortening or lengthening its effects. Botox has many medical uses, like treating migraines, reducing neck spasms and reducing contractures.
Different factors will affect how long Botox cosmetic would last including:
- your age
- the elasticity of your skin
- wrinkle depth
- other factors
For example, if you’re using botulinum toxin to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, the wrinkles will not fully disappear. The effects can also wear off quicker.
How often should you get Botox injections?
While botulinum toxin will quickly block nerve communication, the results are not permanent. As the effects of Botox cosmetic wear off, you’ll begin to notice the fine lines and wrinkles returning. However, with regular treatment, these fine lines and wrinkles can diminish.
Botox treatment is administered in units of Botox. Therefore, if less Botox is injected into an area which requires more units of Botox; results and effect diminish quicker. During your visit to a skilled provider, he or she will determine the amount of units required for each area.
Are there any risks or side effects?
Botox cosmetic injections are relatively safe. Minor side effects are possible, for example, pain at the injection site, infection, inflammation, and swelling, redness, bleeding and bruising.
Symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction are itching, wheezing, asthma, a rash, red welts, dizziness and faintness. Dry mouth, fatigue, headache and neck pain have been reported. Let your doctor know immediately if you have any breathing issues or a faint or dizzy feeling.
Who Should Not Receive Botox? Or Are you a good candidate for Botox?
Botox Cosmetic has been approved by the United States FDA for people aged 18 to 65. But, avoid using it if you are allergic to any ingredients in Botox or Botox Cosmetic.
- Have a skin problem or other condition to the applying area
- Any disease that can affect your muscles or nerves like ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), myasthenia gravis, Eaton-Lambert syndrome
- Have breathing problems, such as asthma
- Have difficulty in swallowing
- Have bleeding issues
- Plan to undergo surgery
- Have had facial surgery
- Have weakness in your forehead muscles
- Have drooping eyelids
- If you are planning or trying to conceive a child, are pregnant, are planning to breastfeed or are currently breastfeeding. It’s better to be safe, and you can always have Botox at a later date