Looking good does wonders for the inner self. It improves our face value, builds our confidence helps us to be successful in every field. Medical science now makes it possible to renew our youthful appearance. Wrinkles are the primary lines of concern. They are formed on the face due to sun exposure and continuous muscle activity. These lines can often make us look tired, angry or older than we are.
Botulinum Toxin is one of the best and most popular wrinkle reduction treatments available today. Botulinum Toxin is a natural purified protein approved by US FDA and is used to relax muscles which cause wrinkles. Usually injected to reduce frown lines on forehead crow's feet around eyes, its effect lasts for 3-6 months. We met up with Dr JaishreeSharad to know more about botox treatment.
What is Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum Toxin is a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles creates a rejuvenated and more youthful appearance. Is Botulinum Toxin only for older age group? According to US FDA, anybody in the age group of 18-80 years of age who desires to get rid of his wrinkles and have a smoother appearance can get the treatment done.
What are the effects of taking Botulinum Toxin?
- Remove frown lines between the eyebrows,
- Crows feet around the eyes,
- Horizontal forehead wrinkles,
- Bunny lines on the nose,
- Downturned corners of the lips,
- Neck bands (chicken legs) and horizontal lines,
- Chin creasing to reduce broad jaws,
- Improves facial contour,
- Lifts sagging jowls.
- Hyperhidrosis: Reduces excessive sweating on palms and underarms.
- For treatment of migraine.
The results are seen within 3-4 days but the effect is best seen after 7-15 days of injection. The effects gradually wear off in 5-6 months. Intradermal Botulinum Toxin is used to add a glow to the skin.
What is the treatment like?
This procedure involves a few tiny injections and can take as little as five minutes to complete.
Is the treatment painful?
Very fine, small sterile needles are used to inject Botulinum Toxin. No anesthesia is required. The pain is minimal, often described like an ant bite sting. For those who have a low pain threshold, ice packs can be used to alleviate pain. One can resume normal activities immediately.
How long does it take to show effect?
It takes effect after 4-5 days, with full effect 7-15 days post-treatment.
How long does it last?
Effect may last for 4-6 months or longer, results vary from patient to patient. May last longer with repeated treatments. But result will wear off progressively (not suddenly).
Will my lines worsen if I discontinue Botulinum Toxin?
NO. Eventually, wrinkles will return as they were before treatment.
What are the side effects?
No long-term side effects reported in the 20 years of use. Most common side effect is tenderness and bruising at the site of injection. Some people may have a feeling of heaviness in the head for a few hours.
Who should not use Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum Toxin should not be given to pregnant or breastfeeding women or to patients who have a neuromuscular disorder.
Is it safe? Botulinum toxin is a purified protein derivative of botulinum toxin A and has been used for the last 20 years safely. It is US FDA approved. It is used for treatment of migraine. Botulinum Toxin is also approved for use in children over two years of age with cerebral palsy.
Caution: It should be administered by qualified trained doctors only.
Will I have a plastic, expressionless face after Botulinum Toxin?
No. This will happen only if too much of Botulinum Toxin is given. A qualified trained doctor will give adequate doses of Botulinum Toxin injections just to soften the expression lines give you a youthful appearance. If I take Botulinum Toxin once will I have to take it for the rest of my life? If you do not want to take a second injection after 6 months, it's alright as there will be no telltale signs nor will the wrinkles worsen.
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