A little Botox can work wonders for your face. It can wipe years off your face, giving you a new youthful and charming appearance. It can take care of everything, whether it is frown lines, worry lines, upper lip creases and neck cords.
What is Botox?
This is a name that we have become very familiar with; however, most of us do not know what it actually is. It is Botulinum toxin A. It is concerned with botulism, which is the result of eating something containing a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum.
Where is it effective?
It can treat the vertical lines between the brown, lines at the bridge of the nose, crow’s feet, squint lines, horizontal forehead lines, lifting the droopy nasal tip, muscle rolls, chin creases and dimples, drooping corners of the mouth, upper and lower lip lines.
How does it work?
It blocks the signal to the brain, which tells the muscles to contract. It’s main action is at the junction between nerves and muscles. Here it prevents the release of acetylcholine. This prohibits the muscle from making the damaging facial expression and hence, the lines gradually disappear and new ones are not formed.
It is usually injected in specific muscles only because some muscles are required for expression and functions like eating, kissing and opening the eyes.
When injected, the facial muscles smooth out within five days and stay that way for about six months, after which the treatment needs to be repeated to maintain the look.
What should I take care of while taking Botox?
If you are going for it the first time, ensure that you are going to a known professional to avoid any chances of mishaps.
Do not go for the entire face in the first go. Start with a small area and then seeing the results proceed further.
You can use an anaesthetic cream or gel, if you fear needles.
An ice pack will provide relief before and after treatment.
Plan your Botox treatment at least a week before any event. Keep a concealer with you when you go for treatment to cover up any small scars or blemishes that may result due to needles.
Eat before going for treatment.
What side effects will I have?
Side effects like headaches, respiratory infection, flu-like symptoms, droopy eyelids and nausea are common for patients with frown lines. You can also experience side effects like facial pain, redness at the injection site and muscle weakness. However, these are much less common.