What is Botox?
Botox is a natural purified protien, approved by US FDA for wrinkle reduction. Botox treatment is ‘ the antiageing miracle’ , most popular and most frequently requested procedure which gives visibly younger looking skin. Botox relaxes the tiny facial muscles and reduces dynamic wrinkle formation in people from 18 to 65 years of age. The results are best seen after 2 weeks of Botox administration and lasts for 4 – 6 months.
Other than antiageing, Botox is used to reduce excessive sweating in underarms & palms and for Migraine treatment.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.
It is most often used on forehead lines, crow's feet (lines around the eye) and frown lines. Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox.
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 the procedure.
Who is an ideal candidate for Botox?
Anyone who wants to get rid of wrinkles is a good candidate for Botox.
You should not receive Botox if you are allergic to botulinum toxin, or if you have:
- an infection in the area where the medicine will be injected; or
- (for overactive bladder and incontinence) if you have a current bladder infection or if you are unable to urinate and you do not routinely use a catheter.
To make sure Botox is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or "Lou Gehrig's disease");
- myasthenia gravis;
- Lambert-Eaton syndrome;
- a breathing disorder such as asthma or emphysema;
- problems with swallowing;
- facial muscle weakness (droopy eyelids, weak forehead, trouble raising your eyebrows);
- a change in the normal appearance of your face;
- bleeding problems;
- heart disease;
- if you have had or will have surgery (especially on your face);
- if you have recently used a blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin, and others) or been treated with an injectable antibiotic;
- if you have ever received other botulinum toxin injections such as Dysport or Myobloc (especially in the last 4 months); or
- if you have ever had a side effect after receiving a botulinum toxin in the past.
How is Botox given?
Botox injections should be given only by a trained medical professional, even when used for cosmetic purposes.
Botox is injected into a muscle. A doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection.
Your Botox injection may be given into more than one area at a time, depending on the condition being treated.
If you are being treated for excessive sweating, shave your underarms about 24 hours before you will receive your injection. Do not apply underarm antiperspirants or deodorants for 24 hours before you receive the injection. Avoid exercise and hot foods or beverages within 30 minutes before the injection.
What should I avoid?
Avoid bending or lying I prone position for 4 – 6 hours after Botox injections.
Botox side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction to Botox: hives; difficult breathing; feeling like you might pass out; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.