Want to get rid of deep, etched frown lines? Are these nasty crow’s feet around the outer corners of your eyes making you look older? Or seeking an instant solution to irksome neckbands? You may be surprised to know that all these problems have a single solution and that is “Botox Injection”. Yes, Botox, the hottest craze in cosmetic surgery nowadays. One reason behind the popularity of Botox treatment for face is that it offers a non-invasive substitute for surgical facelift, as the procedure not only offers an instant solution to facial lines and wrinkles, but also helps plump up sagging cheeks and redefine the size and shape of lips.
Before discussing how Botox treatment works, let’s first have a look at what exactly Botox is. Botox is an injectable drug prepared from a neurotoxin botulinum toxin. It is used medically to treat certain neurological and muscular disorders, and cosmetically to remove facial wrinkles and creases that gradually appear on your face with age. The procedure involves injecting the toxin directly into the affected area, using hair-thin sterile needles, imported from US. The toxin improved the appearance of facial lines by temporarily paralyzing the wrinkle causing muscles underneath the dermis. When the muscles do not contract, they relax making the wrinkles and creases less visible.
A single dose of Botox is usually enough to deliver desired results. However, if you are not satisfied with the results of the treatment, your clinician may prescribe you a reinjection 2 to 3 weeks after first getting the shots. It is advisable to get the reinjection at least after two to three weeks; however, if required, you can get a reinjection just one week after first getting the injection.
Since the drug is injected directly into the skin, you must be presuming it to be a painful procedure. But the fact is that injecting botulinum toxin is a simple and quick procedure that causes little or no discomfort. To make sure that the injection causes minimal discomfort, a topical anesthesia, in the form of cream or gel, is applied to the injection site, to numb the area. Most people find Botox injection to cause a mild prickle, lasting for just a few of seconds.
Effect of treatment can be seen immediately after the procedure, but it takes seven to 10 days for full effects to appear, which normally last for 12 to 16 weeks. To maintain the effects of Botox treatment for face, it is advised to get a reinjection before effects of the first injection are fully gone.