What is Botox?
Botox is a brand name for botulinium toxin type A. It belongs to the class of medications called neuromuscular paralytic agents. It blocks the nerves responsible for muscle activity. This causes the muscles to relax which will smooth the overlying skin and improve the wrinkles in the treated area.
What does a Botox treatment look like?
You will have a consultation and evaluation of your facial appearance. You will be asked to use the area of the face to be injected (frown, squint) and your face will be marked to use as a guideline. By carefully choosing specific muscles, only the wrinkle-producing muscles will be weakened, preserving your natural facial expressions. A very thin needle is used to deliver Botox to the specified muscle. This tiny needle causes minimal discomfort and allows for greater precision in delivery of Botox. Most patients remark that there was little if any discomfort. No sedation or anaesthetic is required, and you can resume most normal activities immediately.
What areas can be treated with Botox?
Usually, Botox is used in the upper third of the face. Forehead lines between the eyebrows and lines around the eyes (“crows’ feet”) usually respond favourably to Botox. Frown lines around and below the mouth and chin creases may also be improved with a Botox injection. Response varies among individuals.
How long does Botox last?
You may notice results within a few days, but Botox generally takes 10-14 days to take full effect, reflecting the time necessary to disrupt the synaptic process. On average the effect lasts 3-5 months with individual variations. When the effects of botulinum toxin begin to fade, your muscle reactions and the wrinkles will return.
Am I a candidate for Botox?
Most people with dynamic wrinkles and lines are candidates for Botox. There are very few contraindications, therefore making Botox a suitable treatment for most people. Botox will not fix all types of skin problems. For example, it can diminish under-eye wrinkles, it cannot repair the damage caused by the sun. Anyone who is pregnant or have neurological problems should not have Botox. You should check with your physician if you have any concerns.
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