Botox injections have been around more than a decade now but there is a lot of misconception about this treatment and how it’s used. First, Botox is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by bacterium Clostridium botulinum known as the botulinum toxin. Medically, it is used in treating certain muscular conditions and cosmetically gets rid or removes wrinkles. It does this by paralyzing the muscles temporarily.
The wrinkles and lines between eyebrows make one look unhappy, tired or angry. Botox is often used as an off-label product for horizontal forehead lines, smoker’s lines around the lips, marionette lines at the corners of the mouth. So, don’t confuse Botox injections with other injectable fillers. For instance, dermal fillers plump the tissues so that wrinkles and lines disappear.
Be it as it may, your practitioner should be able to help you with which products to use in solving issues with your appearance. But as a general rule, Botox is mostly used on the upper part/portion of the face. On the other hand, fillers are used in other areas.
Who are the patients for Botox?
Botox injection should be given to people above the age of 18 years. But don’t go for Botox if you have had the following.
- Had a facial surgery
- If your forehead muscles are weak
- Have swallowing difficulties
- If you have bleeding issues
- If you are planning to have surgery in the near future
- If you are allergic to Botox cosmetics
- If the injection area is infected or you have a skin infection
- If you are or recently taken vitamins or supplements or medication
- If you ailing from disease that affects your nerves or muscles like myasthenia gravis, ALS, Lambert-Eaton syndrome etc
- If you have had side effects from these products in the past or you are allergic to another botulinum toxin brand such as Dysport, Xeomin or Myobloc
The manufacturer of Botox recommends that if you are expectant or trying to conceive or breastfeeding, don’t get this injection. This is just a precaution, however; clinical studies haven’t been done on expectant mothers. At this point, you should have known that Botox is not dermal filler but instead, it work by blocking nerve impulses that cause the muscles to contract to cause forehead wrinkles. So, the muscle that is responsible for frown lines are deleted/reduced hence a smooth look.
If you have facial lines when your face is relaxed, you are not a good patient for Botox. You better consider dermal fillers because Botox will soften them but won’t get rid of them. The process takes about 10 minutes. After that, you should not worry about downtime.
Once administered, it takes few days and the results will be visible. However, it needs 2 to 4 days for Botox to get attached to the nerve ending that stimulates the muscle to contract. After 14 days, maximum effect would have taken place. In other words, anything that will occur or obtained after 14 days, count it as a maximum effect.
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