Botox is a popular non-invasive cosmetic procedure most commonly used to help a person restore youthful looking skin even in his or her late 50s. Botox or botulinum toxin Type A is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles to treat moderate to severe frown lines on face in adults. It is usually injected into the area around the side of the eyes to temporarily treat crow’s feet lines, between the brows to clear away frown lines or eliminate nasolabial folds (smile lines) around mouth.
This injectable drug also has US Food and Drug Administration’s approval to treat numerous neurological health problems as well, like cervical dystonia, chronic migraines, overactive bladder, excessive sweating, uncontrolled eye blinking and misaligned eyes.
How it works
When used to smooth out facial lines and creases, or prevent wrinkle formation on face and neck, Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the associated muscles, since most wrinkles on the face are caused by the frequent movement of certain muscles underneath your skin. When used to treat a neurological condition, this toxin works by temporarily blocking transmission of nerve impulses to the treated area.
Is it a painful procedure?
Administering Botox in any part of the body – for cosmetic purpose of to treat a medical condition – is an extremely simple procedure that is not only easy to perform but also takes very little time. Another plus point of Botox treatment is that unlike surgical facelifts, it does not cause any pain or discomfort and requires no downtime. Most patients find Botox injections only cause a mild sting that too lasting for just a few seconds.
How effective is Botox treatment?
Doctors all over the world have endorsed Botox as one of the most effective treatments nowadays. Even a single dose of Botulinum toxin injection is enough to deliver satisfactory results. Effects of Botox treatment can last anywhere between 3 and 8 months, depending on the nature of problem and the technique used. Expertise of the person performing the procedure also play a vital role in determining the effectiveness of Botox treatment, so be very careful when selecting a Botox provider.
What are the side effects associated with Botox injections?Botox injections comprise one of the safest procedures and rarely causes any serious side effects. The most common side effects reported by the individuals after getting the injection is slight swelling or bruising at or around the Botox treatment area. This is quite normal and the swelling subsides at its own in a couple of days; however, if it persists for more than 48 hours then you probably need to see your Botox provider again. Some patients also report allergic reactions, but this is very rare. Allergic symptoms