5 Things To Know About Botox
Immediately after gaining approval in 2002, Botox came to be known as the minimally invasive way to reduce crow’s feet, wrinkles on the face and underarm sweating.
This non-surgical injection is temporarily used to remove creases on the forehead, crow’s feet and thick bands on the neck. While effective, some assumptions have to be taken into consideration before beginning with a Botox procedure.
What is Botox? Botox is a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, an organism found in the natural environment where it is largely inactive and non-toxic. Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium from which Botox is derived, is found in many natural settings, including soil, lakes, and forests.
Botulinum toxin can be injected into humans in extremely small concentrations and works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles, therefore paralyzing them. In order for muscles to contract, nerves release a chemical messenger, acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter), at the junction where the nerve endings meet muscle cells to contract or shorten.
Avoid Alcohol, Aspirin and Anti-inflammatory drugs:
Avoid consuming alcohol two days prior to Botox injections and avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs two weeks prior to the treatment. This may prevent bruising.
Never too young to begin Botox treatments:
Young patients have been increasingly catching the luring bait that botox is the universal treatment for removing and preventing wrinkles and crow’s feet. Medical providers have begun to advise younger patients of the many benefits of beginning Botox treatments at an earlier age. Injecting Botox to prevent wrinkles and deep lines from appearing at a later time. Botox paralyzes the muscles and therefore if a younger patient begins a Botox regimen, the facial skin will not crease from daily expressions and thus the skin will be free of wrinkles and deep lines even years later. So, there is no perfect age to start with Botox.
You won't look expressionless:
There is no need to worry that Botox will rob you of all expressions and you will be left frozen or expressionless. It is advisable to consult with an experienced medical provider to achieve desired “look”. Botox does not affect facial muscles that are necessary for the overall facial emotions.
With often-repeated treatment, lesser wrinkles will form because muscles follow a set pattern and are less active now. In younger patients, minor lines may not form at all with botox treatment.
It is advisable to consult a certified and trained medical provider before a Botox procedure. Botox procedure may not work on all types of wrinkles. Botox takes about 7 to 11 days for the treatment to take effect. Botox lasts about three to four months.
Do’s and Don'ts:
Patients who are breastfeeding, pregnant and/or are having a neurological disease should not take this treatment. There is no need to worry over minor bruises and headaches that follow a Botox treatment. These are just the little side-effects that occur with a Botox treatment.