What Is Botox?
A Botox treatment is a simple, non-surgical procedure that smoothes the deep, persistent lines between your brows, around the eye and frown lines that develop over time. One 10-minute treatment – a few tiny injections – relaxes the muscles that cause those lines to form and keeps them relaxed up to six months. The results are dramatic and apparent within days. Unlike surgery, Botox is fast, simple, and minimally invasive, with no downtime or recovery. Within days, Botox makes you looking more natural and relaxed and is safe and proven way to take years off your face. With Botox they’ll know you’ve done something, they just won’t know what.
Botox is a purified protein complex produced by the clostridium botulinum bacterium. Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscles can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.
Botox is also very effective, as found out through studies, to relieve migraine headaches, muscle spasms and extreme sweating.
Botox is the world’s No.1 brand in cosmetic clinics, with over 11 million procedures since 2002.
How Do Lines Form on Our Face?
Aging skin and wrinkles result from a combination of many factors. It’s not just about cellular changes, collagen depletion, hormone loss, or damage caused by free radicals. The hyperkinetic lines that appear between your brows, around your eyes, on your forehead and on the nose – result from muscle contractions. When you concentrate, squint, or frown, the muscles between contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. After years of frequent contraction, those wrinkles can linger even after the muscles are at rest.
Botox relaxes these fatigued muscles, which in turn causes these lines to fade, giving one’s face a relaxed rejuvenated look.
Is Botox FDA Approved?
It is the only anti aging, wrinkle treatment of its type approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA). It was approved for cosmetic usage during the early 2000’s, in people from 18 to 65 years of age.
Who Are Good Candidates for Botox?
Botox is an ideal procedure for people who are looking to create a more youthful appearance without going under the knife. If you are bothered by frown lines on your brow, crow’s feet, excessive sweating or intractable migraines, you may be an excellent candidate for Botox treatment.
Candidates must be in good health, have no active diseases or serious, pre-existing medical conditions, no history of neuromuscular diseases (such as multiple sclerosis or myasthenia gravis), must have realistic expectations of the outcome of the surgery and be at least 18 years old. Pregnant and nursing women are not advised to undergo Botox injections therapy due to its unknown effect on the fetus or the breast milk.
How Is a Botox Procedure Performed?
Getting Botox takes only a few minutes and no anesthesia is required. Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes three to seven days to take full effect and it is best to avoid alcohol at least one week prior to treatment. Aspirin and anti- inflammatory medications should be stopped two weeks before treatment as well in order to reduce bruising.
How Long Does a Botox Injection Last?
The effects from Botox will last four to six months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to re-appear and wrinkles need to be re-treated. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are being trained to relax.
What Are Side Effects of Botox?
Temporary bruising is the most common side effect of Botox. Headaches, which resolve in 24-48 hours, can occur, but this is rare. A small percentage of patients may develop eyelid drooping. This usually resolves in three weeks. This usually happens when the Botox moves around so you shouldn’t rub the treated area for 12 hours after injection or lay down for three to four hours.