Botox Injection and Treatment 2017-11-21T23:59:38+00:00

Botox Injection & Treatment

Botox is the product name of a neutralised toxin produced by bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

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What is Botox Injection?

The substance is harmful if not neutralised, and it can cause paralysis. However, scientists have discovered a way to use it to benefit human. Doctors have been using Botox injection and treatment for many years to treat facial creases and wrinkles. It is done by injecting small, diluted amounts, into the muscle bringing the calming effect on the muscle activity.

How Do Botox Injections Work?

Botox works by blocking the nerves signals from producing acetylcholine chemical that causes the muscles to contract. Therefore softening and relaxing the appearance of wrinkles. The medication is used on crow’s feet, frown lines or the forehead lines. However, Botox will also respond to wrinkles caused by sun damage. The result will be even better if used in conjunction with a filler. It can also treat some eye disorders including crossed eyes and uncontrolled movement. People with a regular migraine use it to prevent headaches.

The Botox Procedure

The procedure takes a few minutes and does not require anaesthesia. Doctors use a fine needle to inject botulinum toxin into the specific muscle. However, the injection has a minor discomfort. It usually takes up to three to seven days for the treatment to take full effect. One week before the procedure it is advisable to avoid alcohol. Also, avoid inflammatory medications and aspirin two weeks prior to the treatment, to decrease bruising.

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How Long Does The Effect Last?

The effects of a single Botox treatment last from four to six months. Afterward, the muscles movement slowly return back, causing re-appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Therefore to retain your youthful look you need to be re-treated. However, the wrinkles and lines usually look less severe with time. The treatment becomes more effective and lasting if you continue the Botox continuously and on a regular basis.

Benefits of Botox Injection and Treatment

The Botox treatment also has some benefits. It is highly effective on wrinkles and fine lines that appear when you smile or frown. We call this the dynamic lines, that is those wrinkles are formed after muscle movement versus the static wrinkle which is permanently present even without muscle movement, present in the older person. The medication can also be used to settle migraines.

Side Effects

The medication is usually injected at the site of the problems like the wrinkles, thus expect most of the Botox’s effect to occur near the treated areas. General side effects include temporary bruising, redness, pain and infections.

Some patients develop eyelid drooping which may be resolved in three weeks. This effect may happens if  you rub the treated area within twelve hours of the injection.

When the medication is used to relax the muscles some of the side effects include respiratory difficulty, muscle weakness, tearing, dry eyes and nausea. If the side effects worsen, notify your doctor as soon as possible.

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Who Should Receive the Injection?

Botox injection and treatment is not suitable for pregnant, breastfeeding or patients with neurological disease. Before having an injection, it is vital to consult a doctor since the medication doesn’t work for everyone equally.

Botox medication can rejuvenate your youthful, wrinkle-free appearance. The treatment is only given in the hospital in the form of an injection. However, before using it, you should understand the benefits and side effects of the therapy.

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