What is Botox?
All about Botox
If you are looking for a non-invasive procedure to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, consider Botox. Botox has been found extremely effective in treating dynamic wrinkles – wrinkles that appear with frowning, laughing, or while moving the jaw.
What is Botox?
Botox is a drug that is made from a toxin produced by a special bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum. Doctors have been using it for years to successfully treat wrinkles and facial creases. Botox is found to be quite effective in the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows, known as glabellar lines. It is also used for treating severe underarm sweating, cervical dystonia, Blepharospasm, Strabismus, chronic migraine, and overactive bladder.
Botox is injected with a very fine needle into specific muscles. It takes only a few minutes and no anaesthesia is required. It normally takes 3-7 days for Botox to show its best results. It blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. As a result, the injected muscles are not able to contract allowing the wrinkles to relax and soften. Your dermatologist or doctor would recommend you to stop taking alcohol at least one week prior to the treatment to enjoy the best outcome.
The effect from Botox would last for 4-6 months. As muscle action returns, it causes the fine lines and wrinkles to re-appear. However, the lines and wrinkles often appear less severe because the muscles are treated and trained to relax.
Who is the best candidate?
Botox is mostly used on forehead lines, crow’s feet and frown lines. Wrinkles that are caused by sun damage and gravity do not respond to Botox. People who have neurological disease or women who are breastfeeding or those who are pregnant should avoid going for it. Botox doesn’t work well on all types of wrinkles. It is therefore advisable to book an appointment with a qualified, experienced, and trained dermatologist or skin care expert to find out whether you can benefit from Botox or not.
Botox is a safe and painless procedure to counteract wrinkles. But like most other procedures, it does involve certain complications and side effects. The side effects normally occur at the site where the botox injection is being given. These include,
- Upset Stomach
- Temporary drooping eyelids The above risks and side effects can however be minimised by getting Botox from a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon or dermatologist.
What is the Cost?
The cost of Botox may vary depending on the area being treated, the skill of the cosmetic physician , surgeon ,dermatologist or nurse administering Botox, and your location. Usually, the cost of treating forehead, crow’s feet, and the lines-in-between the brows is between $500 and $600. To get the exact cost of the treatment, you need to contact and arrange an appointment to assess the area and to estimate the cost more accurately.