Today, many people have been turning to Botox to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or remove them altogether.
How does Botox Work?
The actual chemical name of Botox is botulinum toxin A. There are many serious symptoms of botulism but the one symptom that causes this drug to be used for the reduction of wrinkles is muscular paralysis. The neurotoxin within Botox (referred to as botulinum) blocks out signals that command muscle contraction.
The powerful neurotoxin is safe when isolated to the muscles of the face.
When injected (using a syringe) into the tiny muscles of the face, Botox will not spread to other parts of the body. In countless clinical trials, the proper use of Botox has been shown to be completely safe in all patients under the age of 65.
It is important to note that Botox will never permanently remove wrinkles. The effect will normally last from 3-8 months. Following an injection, results may not set in for a few days but that does not mean that the drug is not working. Depending on your physiology and the strength of the drug, results can set in within a couple of hours or longer.
Advantages of Using Botox
1. Botox is a temporary treatment. You may get your first shot and decide that you do not want to continue treatment in the future. Your skin is not altered in any way and will return to its original shape over time.
2. Botox produces quick results. Whether you see results in a couple of hours or days, you will see results if the drug is administered correctly.
3. Besides providing effective treatment for wrinkles, Botox has been shown to reduce or remove the appearance of lines caused by certain facial expressions.
4. The procedure to administer Botox is short.
5. There are very few health risks when using Botox.
Disadvantages of Using Botox
1. Botox will have to get regular injections for the rest of the time that you wish to remove lines and wrinkles.There have been some cases of allergic reactions to the drug, particularly in people that taking antibiotics. Although readily treatable, some reactions can quickly become severe and uncomfortable.
2. Botox can prevent some facial expressions. Botox paralyzes your facial muscles. In some cases this can cause the appearance of a constantly surprised or frowning look.
3. Although typically not as obvious as in people who have had multiple cosmetic treatments in addition to Botox, you should consider how you will look after the injections.
4. Botox absolutely requires a professional. Although sometimes popular, Botox parties are dangerous and sometimes ineffective. You need to have the drug administered properly and in a medical setting in case an emergency (like an allergic reaction) occurs.
5. Botox is expensive. This varies depending on your location.
Possible Side Effects of Botox
Although side effects are usually mild and readily treatable, you should be aware of some of the side effects that you may experience as a result of the treatment:
• Dysphasia: This side effect is the minor loss of the ability to speak clearly or perform basic facial expressions. Serious cases of this side effect are very rare.
• Upper Respiratory Tract Infection: Also a very rare side effect, an upper respiratory tract infection can occur after a Botox injection.
• Headache: Unfortunately, headaches are common after Botox injections. The good news is they can be readily treated with over the counter pain reducing drugs like Aspirin.
• Neck Pain: Neck pain is another common side effect of Botox. A common concern is that neck pain is an indication of the spread of Botox to other areas of the body. Pain that occurs in the neck does not mean that the Botox is spreading.
• Ptosis: About 5% of people that get Botox injections suffer this side effect. It is a temporary condition that causes one or both eyelids to droop.
• Bruises or Soreness: At the point where the Botox is injected, most people experience some small bruising or light soreness. If the bruise or soreness becomes severe, seek medical help immediately as this can signal an infection.
• Nausea: About 45% of people that get Botox injections experience some nausea. Botox is a foreign material that your body might not welcome without an upset stomach.