You must have heard of Botox treatments for fine lines and wrinkles. It is a very popular treatment and used by many celebrities.
So what is Botox? It is short for botulinum toxin, a naturally occurring toxin with many uses in medicine when used in the prescribed doses. It also comes by the brand names Dysport and Xeomin.
What Botox does when injected in very small amounts is to paralyze the muscles and break the neural connection that causes the muscles to contract. This makes the muscles more supple giving the impression of reduced fine lines and wrinkles.
Before you go for this treatment, please make it clear if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have some neurological condition.
The dermatologist will discuss with you but not all types of wrinkles are treated by Botox. SO make sure you have it clarified whether the wrinkles that you are aiming to be treated can be done so by Botox.
Botox is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment. It does not involve surgery. Botox is known to have a fair tolerance to the skin, which means that it is a safe procedure.
This treatment is considered effective because the fine lines around the eyes, wrinkles on the forehead and other facial lines are visibly smoothened, reduced or completely erased.
The procedure for this treatment only takes a few minutes. One treatment of Botox lasts for around 3 to 4 months.
With repeated treatment, the severity of the wrinkles goes down as the muscles get trained to relax.
Botox treatment is fairly simple; however, it is advisable to have it done by a trained and experienced professional for safety and efficacy.
You do not require any anesthesia. The doctor will identify the relevant muscles and inject Botox into them. You will experience very little discomfort.
The injected Botox paralyzes those muscles and thereby relaxes them.
After the procedure, it is advisable to lie down for an hour or two.
You might experience slight bruising, but that is temporary.
You should avoid rubbing the treated area for at least 12 hours.
In rare cases, patients experience some headache or eyelid drooping.