Botox is a drug used to minimize lines and wrinkles in the skin by temporarily paralyzing the muscles. It also has certain medicinal uses. Botox is made from bacterial toxin botulin, is administered via injection, and is considered safe and effective by the medical community.
Benefits of Botox Treatment and What to Expect
Botox is primarily used to provide patients with a fresh-faced look by minimizing lines and wrinkles. Common areas of usage include the area around the mouth, eyes, and nose. Wrinkles begin to fade within 24-78 hours after treatment by injection.
It's also used to slim down square jaws and can be applied to the base of the nose to give the nose a lift. Those suffering from acne also have found relief through Botox injections. Other medicinal uses include treatment for hyperhidrosis, which is a condition that causes excessive perspiration in the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and the armpit area. Migraines, muscle spasms. and temporomandibular joint disorder have all been successfully treated with Botox.
Botox treatments have also been found to be instrumental in preventing the initial formation of wrinkles.
Potential Candidates for Botox
Botox may not be suitable for patients who are experiencing advanced wrinkling or whose skin has very little elasticity. Procedures such as face lifts may be a better option in these cases.
Pain Management Methods
Most patients feel nothing more than a slight pinprick when Botox is administered and don't need pain management at all. Those who do are generally offered cold compresses, vibration distraction, and a topical numbing agent known as lidocaine.
Downtime After the Procedure
The Botox procedure involves no downtime — you can go about your normal activities immediately after receiving Botox injections.
BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
Three Most Commonly Asked Questions
Botox is an effective, safe way to take a few years off your face and achieve a fresh look. Side effects and complications are few, and the procedure is quickly performed in an aesthetician's office.