In recent times, the world has seen an increase in the number of cosmetic procedures. Professional bodies such as American Association of Facial Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) foresee a rise in cosmetic procedures such as facelifts, Botox (botulinum toxin) injections, rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty. This is attributed to the fact that procedures are becoming less invasive and more socially accepted.
United States has listed Botox injections as the number one of the most favoured cosmetic procedure. The facial areas that are most treated with Botox are the lips, cheeks and forehead. It has also been observed that this procedure is being favoured by men too as much as women and the trend is growing. Other popular products in this niche are Juvederm and Restylane (both are wrinkle fillers). As far as invasive procedures are concerned, rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty and facelifts are among the most popular. Breast augmentation retains the number one spot.
How Does Botox Work?
The Botox is a purified derivative of a toxin: botulinum toxin that is made from a poisonous bacterium. It works by paralysing muscles at the area of injection temporarily. Botox is used to paralyse muscles that cause wrinkles and is thus seen as a popular anti-ageing treatment. Most Botox specialists agree that side effects of Botox treatment are minimal in nature. The most common side effects are development of flu-like symptoms, headache, temporary facial pain, nausea, drooping of eyelids for a period of time.
Medical specialists use Botox in small doses to treat conditions such as removal of facial wrinkles (temporarily), heavy underarm sweating, uncontrollable blinking, writer’s cramps, etc., among a host of other disorders. The effects of Botox injections are temporary and therefore they have to be taken subsequently to retain the effects. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take Botox injections. The risk of repeated Botox injections is not known.
Botox is also being used to treat a variety of other medical conditions such as migraine, treatment of bladder disorders, persistent shoulder and neck pain, relieve spasticity in stroke patients, etc.
Read on for tips on how to make the most out of your Botox experience.
Tip #1: Select a qualified medical specialist that is experienced with administering Botox procedures. This is of utmost importance to avoid unsavoury incidents. Ensure that you have more than one consultation.
Tip #2: Reveal your complete medical history to the doctor before the start of the treatment. This will help the specialist to decide the best course of action for you. Ensure that Botox is the right course of treatment for you. For this, both the doctor and you should be clear about the facial areas that need treatment and Botox treatment is the right course indeed.
Tip #3: Realistic expectations are important. Be clear about the results that can happen after the course of treatment. This can save you from unnecessary stress and disappointment.
Tip #4: Stop taking blood thinners a week before the treatment.
After Botox, do not rub or massage the skin where the injection was administered, avoid strenuous physical activity, do not consume large amounts of alcohol, and go back for touch-ups in case the results are not as expected.