All you need to know about Botox

Botox is the brand name of toxin produced by bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Although it is a toxin known to cause botulism which is associated with food poisoning, it has been altered to be used for human advantages.  Botulism can cause serious complications such as paralysis. This lethal function and effect of this toxin is being put in use in facial rejuvenation processes. Scientists today are injecting small and controlled amounts of the toxin in specific muscles in order to weaken them.

Since its early use to stop ailments such as uncontrolled blinking and lazy eye, doctors have evolved the use of this magical toxin. Today, doctors are successfully using it to treat unsightly wrinkles, lines and facial folds. Botox is a popular facial rejuvenation treatment which is treating frown lines, crow’s feet, laugh lines and facial creases. The procedure is helpful in both moderate and severe cases.

How does it Work?

Botulinum toxin works by blocking nerve signals to the muscles which inhibits their movement. The muscle that has been injected is unable to contract resulting in wrinkles to soften and relax. Treatment is most popular for forehead lines, lines around the eyes and frown lines. Only the creases on the face due to muscles contraction can be cured with these injectables.  Others which are caused by sun damage or gravity are not responsive to the treatment.

How is it done?

Botulinum toxin is not a long or tedious procedure but takes just about few minutes. It requires no anesthesia. Botox is injected in the specific area and causes only slight discomfort. Generally it takes about three to six days to takes its full effects. Anti-inflammatory medications, alcohol and Aspirin must be stopped two weeks prior to the treatment in order to make sure there is minimal bruising.

How long does it last?

Effects of  injections would last four to six months and gradually the muscles action returns. Wrinkles, lines and creases reappear once the effect of injections withers away requiring re-treatment.

What are the side effects ?

Headaches, temporary bruising, eyelid dropping are some of the side effects which are very rare. Most of the time if these effects are seen, they resolve within days. Our clinician will do the consultation for the suitability of treatment for you.

When should you not get the treatment?

Pregnant or breastfeeding women and people with neurological diseases should not get botulinum toxin. Also proper consultation with the clinician is required because treatment may not work on all kinds of wrinkles. Our clinician will guide you the best so choose the one you are most comfortable with.

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