A highly effective non-surgical treatment for facial lines and wrinkles, the Botox procedure reduces muscular contractions, giving the patient a more youthful appearance.
Botulinum toxin injections can address a wide range of fine facial lines and wrinkles brought on by facial expressions with a quick procedure, including the treatment of “crow’s feet” at the perimeter of the eyes, forehead lines, frown lines, and glabellar lines (wrinkles between the brows).
For both men and women, this is an efficient and secure method to lessen and smooth out wrinkles and lines, which are most frequently found around the eyes, nose, lips, and forehead region.
The Clostridium botulinum bacteria create the strong paralysing chemical known as botulinum toxin. When you consume tainted food, you can contract the deadly disease botulism, which is caused by the botulinum toxin. But over the past few decades, botulinum toxin has been routinely utilised to treat muscular spasms and other medical issues when it is administered in small doses and in a pure form.
The toxin was approved as a medication for smoothing brow furrows after it was revealed that it might help lessen wrinkling by relaxing the tiny muscles involved in recurrent facial movements. Four months is about how long the effects endure.
Botox injections are delivered through a series of planned and precise injection sites. The product is applied to the face using incredibly small needles. They have been specifically created to lessen injection pain and to make your treatment as relaxing and stress-free as possible. On request, I will however give patients numbing cream.
The injections itself often only take a few minutes, but if it’s your first time, we may want to monitor you for a little while after your treatment or speak with you first. This is done to make sure you receive the best care possible and that your safety is always maintained. Botulinum toxin is used sparingly in cosmetic procedures to temporarily relax the muscles of the face and avoid overuse. This will eventually reduce facial creases and lines for a more youthful appearance. Botox is frequently used to treat the following areas:
The little region of the forehead in between the eyebrows is referred to as the glabella (“Elevens”). Since we frequently use this muscle to emote, some of our most obvious wrinkles and grooves may develop here. You can significantly lessen lines and soften your face features by relaxing the muscles and tension in this area.
Crow’s feet are a common complaint among our patients since they develop near the corners of our eyes. While we can sometimes totally eliminate these lines, most people will, at the very least, see a softer, younger appearance around their eyes after receiving Botox.
The forehead is a common issue area, frequently treated along with the glabella and the crow’s feet. Our facial muscles and fat pads move and shift as we age, giving us an ageing, worn-out, and somewhat depressing appearance. The brow line can be lifted and the pressure pulling the features down can be lessened by injecting a little amount of Botox in this area.
Plastic surgery is thought to carry more risks than botulinum toxin. However, you can experience brief muscle weakness or paralysis close to the injection site. This could cause a droopy eyelid or brow, double vision, or facial asymmetry. Facial expression loss that lasts just briefly is typical. Larger doses and practitioners with less experience increase the likelihood of side effects. Botulinum toxin injections, like any injections, may result in redness, bruising, slight edoema, and pain. It is possible to experience allergic responses, which include itching, rashes, wheezing, and symptoms resembling asthma.
Botulinum toxin treatment is not advised for women who are pregnant or nursing. Consult your doctor first if you have a neurological condition like multiple sclerosis or myasthenia gravis as you may be more susceptible to negative side effects. Botox and other cosmetic procedures may not be appropriate for those with psychological issues of body image. It also applies to anyone who has an infection at the injection site, as well as those who are allergic to albumin, which is a component of Botox. Additionally, it should be taken with caution in patients who have certain types of respiratory conditions, glaucoma, or who take drugs that interfere with nerve signals going to the muscles.
If you’re considering using botulinum toxin, let your doctor know if you take any medications. In principle, certain drugs, such as calcium channel blockers, could enhance the effects of botulinum toxin. Aspirin and warfarin (Coumadin), two anti-clotting drugs, can cause more bleeding at the injection site. A recent heart attack, cardiac arrhythmias, a history of bleeding disorders, and upcoming surgery are some things to mention to your doctor. (All of these may interact poorly with botulinum toxin and raise the possibility of unpleasant outcomes.)
Although outcomes can vary, they normally last four to six months. Another Botox treatment will be required at that moment when wrinkles start to resurface. Because the muscles are being trained to relax and cease contracting, lines and wrinkles frequently become less prominent with time. A very thin needle is used to inject an anti-wrinkle medication, and the procedure just takes a few seconds. Most people handle the brief, slight prick of the needle extremely well. The area you’re worried about, like the frown lines between your brows, may receive several injections. If you are extremely sensitive, you can start by applying a topical anaesthetic gel.