Ageing, wrinkles, and drooping facial features can affect ones happiness and self-confidence. Everybody wishes to look and feel younger and more youthful for a longer time however ageing factors affect everyone at different times. There are multiple factors responsible for causing facial lines and wrinkles such as reduction of collagen, cellular changes, damage due to sun, pollution, and other environmental factors.
In fact, a lot of everyday activities such as frowning, squinting, and raising eyebrow often can lead to folding of skin, which can gradually lead to the formation of facial lines. However, with the advancement in cosmetology and dermatology, it has become possible for everyone to regain their skin texture and relax the muscles to get rid of unwanted wrinkles. Botulinum toxin or BOTOX treatment is one such widely accepted procedure that has a lasting impact on the skin and helps you look sharper, makes your skin firmer, and reduces facial wrinkles. You can read our comprehensive guide on BOTOX in the previous blog everything you need to know about Botox.
How Does BOTOX Work?
Botox is a toxin produced by a specific type of bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum. Since it is bacterial toxin, it is harmful only in higher quantities however is very useful in cosmetology when used in weaker doses. Botox is most often used on forehead lines and wrinkles, wrinkles around the eyes called crow’s feet, and frown lines. However, it is important to note that wrinkles caused by sun damage do not respond well to Botox.
When Botox is injected in the skin, it blocks particular nerve signals that are responsible for the contraction of facial muscles. After the treatment injection, the muscle can no longer contract or tighten as forcefully thus reducing unwanted wrinkles and softening the lines on the face.
How Is Botox Procedure Done?
After a thorough consultation, the actual process of injecting Botox takes only a few minutes and can be done with anaesthesia only at patient’s discretion. It is injected at the required site in specific muscles with a fine needle and causes very minor discomfort.
It takes around 1-2 weeks for the Botox to show maximum effect, giving a more natural appearance. It is advised to avoid alcohol at least a week prior to the procedure along with any anti-inflammatory medicines or aspirins to reduce site bruising and redness.
How Does Botox Feel In Initial Days?
After the first treatment, you may feel a little tension in the facial muscles and your movements might feel a little restricted. However, the feeling of heaviness and tension subsides in a week or two and the area starts appearing smoother and more refreshed.
How Long Does the Botox Effect Last?
The effect of Botox lasts for about 3- 6 months after which the muscles action returns and lines and wrinkles start appearing again. The reappeared lines and wrinkles are however less severe as the effect vanishes slowly.
Probable Side Effects of Botox treatment
Botox is a safe and FDA approved treatment when used in controlled quantity by an experienced professional. Even if it is helpful for the skin and relaxes muscles, depending on one’s health and immunity, it can induce certain harmless side effects for a brief time. Common side effects are:
- Headache that end in 24 – 48 hours
- Eye redness
- Temporary redness and bruising at the site of injection
- Rarely eyelid drooping due to moving of Botox because of excessive rubbing
Some of these symptoms could worsen due to drinking alcohol or intake of blood thinners like aspirin. So, make sure you consult your cosmetologist or surgeon and give a detailed history about your prior condition. Make sure to also ask about all the activities that you should be avoiding after the treatment.
Who Should Avoid Botox?
People with predisposed neurological conditions, pregnant women, women that are breastfeeding, people with skin conditions, vision disability, and chronic muscular illnesses should consult with the cosmetologist about probable effects on their body first before directly going for the treatment.
Even though Botox is an FDA approved treatment and many people are apprehensive since it is associated with the word ‘toxin’. Moreover, there are many several myths regarding the use of fillers or Botox treatment, which has led to many people getting pushed away from the facts while having the desire to get the treatment done.
Having said that, it is important to make the decision after taking all the parameters in consideration. Even if the treatment is safe, it is advised to know about all the associated factors, risks, timelines, your medical condition, and procedure beforehand before making the decision.
Your history, skin condition, environmental condition, and genetic factors play a huge role in the results and it is advised that you visit someone who has a deep knowledge and experience in handling and injecting Botox. You can visit Royal Lush Skin Clinic for your consultation and we will help you with all the queries and doubts you might have before you take on the journey of Botox treatment. For further queries or to book a consultation, call 9999822443 or visit www.drsyed.in for more information.