How does Botox work

How does Botox work

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Wrinkles can be considered as a wonderful sign of wisdom. It happens due to repetitive movements on the skin. That is why it’s more prominent in the elderly face because of the many muscles involved in facial expressions and due to the fact that skin becomes thinner and loses its elasticity with age. It’s impractical to advise those who wish to reduce wrinkles by smiling or laughing less hence having the option of Botox treatment comes in handy.

What is Botox?

Botox involves injecting a small amount of commercial preparation known as botulinum toxin into the facial muscles to reduce movements involved in frowning and grimaces, thus reducing fine lines on places like the forehead, corner of the eyes, around the lip lines and chin. The FDA-approved Dysport, works similarly as botox and is reported to does the same effective job

Will the procedure be scary?

It will definitely not be painful but just slight discomfort. Bleeding will be minimal to none. The desired area will be cleaned and topical local anesthesia is applied in order to eliminate pain. After a few minutes, using fine needles, the injections are given according to the desired effect and location of the patient. If bleeding occurs at the site of injection, the pressure is applied slightly to stop bleeding. The Botulinum toxin takes effect within 24 to 72 hours and lasts for 3 months. Repeated injections can be done after 3 months. If done before

What happens after the procedure?

Patients are immediately back on their feet after the session. It is generally safe.

  • Minor side effects are usually temporary and could be because the Botox has not settled down :
  • Drooling or crooked smile
  • Eyelid drooping
  • Excessive tearing or dryness of tears
  • Headache or flu symptoms
  • Temporary swelling, pain and bruising at the site of the injection
  • Major side effects are rare. It may be caused by inadequate training to administer the treatment :
  • Having trouble breathing
  • Bladder incontinence
  • Dysphagia or dysphonia
  • Vision problems
  • Weakness all over the body

Therefore, before going on this treatment, you are advised to seek consultation from your doctor and aestheticians. Please ensure the physician administering your Botox injection has the authority and adequate training given by the medical body.

I am pregnant. Can I still have Botox?

Pregnant ladies aren’t allowed to have this treatment. Others include:

  • Known hypersensitivity to any ingredient in the formulation
  • Breastfeeding
  • Infection at the site of injection
  • Neuromuscular disorder

Can I prevent wrinkles and fine lines?

Other than Botox treatment, there are various methods to reduce wrinkles and fine lines:

  • Microdermabrasion, Chemical peels, Laser resurfacing therapy
  • Stimulate new cell growth in the underlying skin by removing the superficial layer helps give a smoother, tighter and fresher appearance.
  • Wrinkle fillers
  • Collagen, hyaluronic acid, or fat is injected into deeper face wrinkles, plumping and smoothing them out and giving the skin more volume.
  • Facelift
  • Surgical removal of excess facial skin and fat, with or without tightening the underlying tissues and redraping the skin of the face, neck, or both.

Can I prevent wrinkles and fine lines?

As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Botox treatment is not needed or can be delayed if you start prioritizing self- care during your youth by:

  • Applying sunscreens on a daily before going outdoors.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol.
  • Consume multivitamins to ensure adequate vitamin D .
  • Always go to bed early for a 7 to 8 hours sleep.
  • Make it a habit to exercise for your general well being.
  • Face moisturizers reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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