Everyone wants to have a youthful appearance, but the important question to ask yourself is – how far will you go. Will you try various anti aging creams? Cosmetic surgeries? Or gracefully accept the ‘change’ in your appearance.
Botulinum toxin is a medication and neurotoxic protein produced by bacteria called as Clostridium botulinium. Although botulinum toxin is a fatal naturally occurring material, when cautiously separated and purified, it can be used as a useful and powerful medication. This toxin is commonly known by its trade name “Botox”, thanks to its contribution to the field of various cosmetic procedures.
Scientists have discovered a procedure to use this toxin in the favor of human, in spite of the fact that one of the most serious complications of botulism is paralysis. Cosmetic physicians have been using Botox for years to effectively taking care of wrinkles and facial lines. In 2002, FDA approved use of Botox for treatment of medium-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows. Though, Botox is frequently used for other areas of the face as well.
Botox is injected directly to the muscle area in diluted quantities. This works by reducing the nerve signals to muscles, which helps them to relax. Botox enters into nerve cells and hamper the discharge of ‘acetylcholine’ – a chemical that transmits signals from one nerve to another nerve. Reality is that this inhibition by botox is not permanent and the muscle will ultimately restore and regain its previous condition.
Generally it is used on forehead lines, crow’s feet and frown lines. Botox will not be effective on certain types of wrinkles like wrinkles caused by sun damage. Thus, it is advised to consult a physician for proper understanding your wrinkles and then diagnosing with botox treatment.
Procedure for botox treatment takes few minutes and anesthesia is not required. Diluted botox is injected through a fine needle to the targeted muscles carefully. It usually takes a week to get full effect of the treatment. It is advised to avoid alcohol (for at least a week before the treatment), aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications (for at least two weeks before treatment) in order to trim down the bruising caused by treatment.
There have been studies suggesting that many people experience common side effects of botox treatment such as droopy eyes, nausea, muscle weakening, indigestion or heartburn, facial pain and high blood pressure.