Updated: Jun 15, 2019
From fixing those fine lines to controlling excessive sweating, there are many benefits of Botox injections. The toxin is produced by the microbe that causes botulism, kind of food poisoning. As people age, repeated facial expressions wrinkle the face and simultaneously reduce the levels of elastin and collagen, causing it to sag. Botox boosts production of collagen and elastin, which make your skin tight, firm and flexible. Beyond aesthetic applications, it is also used to treat some medical conditions such as bladder and bowel disorders, muscular disorders, migraines and excessive sweating.
Why is Botox Injection Required?
As aforesaid, Botox blocks chemical signals that cause muscles to contract. Botox injections may help you treat-
Wrinkles - Botox injection cosmetically removes wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles and treat certain muscular conditions. Botox is injected into muscles, where it blocks nerve impulses to those tissues. It relaxes the facial muscles that cause wrinkles such as forehead furrows, crow’s feet and frown lines between the eyebrows.
Eye Twitching - Botox is FDA approved to treat eye muscle problems. It helps relieve twitching of muscles around the eyes.
Bladder - Botox injection will help restrict the bladder’s rate of constriction and the speed of urethra to eject urine.
Lazy Eye - Botox can effectively improve the appearance of the lazy eye by lifting the brow and lid above a lazy eye.
Migraine - Headache or a migraine is caused by stress in your shoulders and neck. Botox can treat these muscles to remain in a relaxed state. It has been extremely successful in reducing headache frequency if you are experiencing migraines for more than two weeks a month. There are no side-effects of this treatment, whereas medications may have a host of side-effects.
Excessive Sweating - Botox will seal some of the pores and paralyze over-active sweat glands, thus giving you control in sweating.
Muscle Contractures - Botox injection can relax muscles in some neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy where it causes your limbs to pull in toward your center.
How is Botox Injection Given?
Botox injections are administered by trained medical professionals. First, the areas to be treated are cleansed with a non-alcoholic cleanser. It is further directed by diluting the powder in saline or liquid as Botox comes as a crystalline substance from the manufacturer. Your doctor uses a thin needle to inject the small amount of Botox into your muscles or skin. The injections take about 10 minutes and have no downtime afterward. It takes about 3-4 days for Botox to take effect as it needs time to disrupt the synaptosomal process. It may take 5 days or more in rare circumstances. Doses of Botox should be spaced at least 3 months apart.
Is Botox Injection Painful?
Needles used for Botox injection are very small, so there is minimal pain during the procedure. Your doctor may also numb the area using a topical anesthetic cream 10-15 minutes before the procedure to make you more comfortable.
After The Procedure
Botox treatment is usually done in the doctor’s clinic. You can get back to your normal routine after the procedure. Make sure that you do not rub or massage the injected area as it can cause toxins to migrate to the different area.
You may be able to see the results after 2-3 days of treatment and the effect may last longer (up to 3-4 months) depending on the problem being treated. The muscle activity will gradually return to normal as time passes. So, you will need regular sessions to maintain the result.
Side Effects of Botox Injection
Botox Injection is safe when performed by an experienced dermatologist and risks are minor with this procedure. Possible side-effects are-
Eye dryness and droopy eyelids
Allergy reaction such as bruising, bleeding, and redness
Flu-like symptoms or a severe headache
Muscle spasms or twitching
Pain or swelling in the treated area
Who is Not a Good Candidate?
FDA has approved Botox for people aged 18 to 65. But, you should avoid it if you-
Have drooping eyelids
Have weakness in your forehead muscles
Have had facial surgery
Planning to undergo surgery
Have a skin infection in the treated area
What should you know about Botox Injections?
Using this medication more often than prescribed will not make it more effective, but may result in serious side effects.
Do not undergo Botox injection from more than one medical professional at a time. If you have to do, make sure you tell your new doctor about your Botox history.
Side-effects of Botox are temporary and you may look normal within three months after an injection.
Your body develops antibodies to the Botox after repeat injections, leading to less recovery time.
Shave your underarms a day before you are scheduled for excessive sweating Botox injection. Also, do not use a deodorant or perfume for a day before injection.
An experienced dermatologist knows how to avoid side-effects such as numbness or swelling, which underscores the significance of finding an experienced doctor. Discuss your medical history and if any vitamin, medications or supplement you take as some combinations could cause serious side-effects. Botox should not be used for people who have a previous allergic reaction to the drug, pregnant or lactating women.
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