Botox, or botulism toxin, is a great way to smooth some of the wrinkles of the face temporarily. It is an injection that works by temporarily paralyzing of the muscles into which the Botox is injected. Results are usually seen in a few days and last up to 3 or 4 months. It works for all age groups but is perhaps best used in the 30’s and 40’s when you aren’t ready for facial surgery but want a little boost in appearance.
Botox is just one brand name of botulism toxin. Other brands such as Dysport are now also available. Since Botox was the first brand, the product is often referred to by that name.
The most common areas for Botox injections are frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. Botox is also used to treat migraine headaches and over-active muscles in patients with muscle diseases.
Botulinum toxin is injected into specific muscles using a very thin needle. Butulinum toxin is a purified substance derived from a bacteria. Injections of this substance blocks nerve signals, which weakens the muscle so it cannot contract and diminishes your facial wrinkles.
Botulinum toxin injections typically take less than 15 minutes. The number of injections you will need depends on many factors, including the extent of your wrinkles and your facial features. For example, furrows above your brow may take five or more injections, while crow’s feet typically require two to three. You may have temporary swelling and occasionally bruising.
There is no anesthesia required, no down time, and no recovery time. You may notice results in just a few days, but it can take up to a week to see the full effect. When the effects of botulinum toxin wear off within three to four months, your muscle reactions and wrinkles will return.
Expected Side Effects:
- Pain and bruising at the injection site
- Flu-like symptoms – rare
- Temporary facial weakness or drooping
- Very rarely, the toxin can spread beyond the treatment area which can cause botulism-like signs and symptoms such as breathing problems, trouble swallowing, muscle weakness and slurred speech.
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