What is Botox Treatment?
Botox is a nonsurgical treatment used in removing wrinkles and treating other muscular conditions. It has been used for medicinal purposes for over fifty years and has now become one of the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatments.
What is Botox
Botox is derived from a neurotoxin referred to as botulinum toxin that is produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. Scientists consider it to be one of the most poisonous compounds known to man. One gram of the bacterium is enough to kill a population of a million people. Despite its toxic nature, Botox still enjoys a huge demand because of its cosmetic benefits.
How is it administered?
Botox treatment is administered through an injection in extremely low concentrations. The results usually start to kick in after a couple of hours, but the main effects will take about a week to appear. However, these changes are only temporary and will last for about 4-6 months. Repeated treatments are, therefore, necessary if you want to maintain a wrinkle-free face for longer.
How does it work?
Botox works by blocking nerve signals that cause muscle contractions. It will temporarily paralyze your facial muscles and reduce any abnormal muscle contractions. The result is a smoother skin with lesser wrinkles. This form of treatment will have the most effect on wrinkles that haven’t quite taken root–those that only appear when you frown or move your face.
Are there any side effects?
Risks and side effects associated with Botox are very rare especially when it is correctly injected by a qualified professional. However, about one percent of the patients who receive botulin toxin type A produce antibodies to counter the toxin thus rendering repeated treatments ineffective. Some of the rare side effects may include.
Benefits of Botox treatment
- The injections are done pretty quickly.
- The side effects are rare and minimal when present.
- There is no recovery time required. You can get back to your normal routine right after the treatment.
- It is less complicated, non-surgical and less painful compared to other cosmetic procedures.
- Flu-like illness
- Mild pain
- Drooping eyelid
- Redness or light bruising
- Blurred vision
Botox is a convenient, non-surgical cosmetic treatment for wrinkles. However, don’t get the injection if you’re on a pill, are pregnant, breastfeeding or are planning to get pregnant. Always consult with your physician before seeking treatment and ensure the injection is administered only by a qualified professional.