Learn About Botox Injection

These days it is never that easier to appear ageless. A quick trip to your doctor, a painless injection and few minutes later you’re one of the many stoic faces that botox has helped. Countless women swear by it, but before you go running off to your nearest plastic surgeon here are some facts that you need to know about this fountain of youth.

What is botox?

Botox is the diluted form of botulinum toxin, which was first intended to treat neurological disorders. While using the drug to treat patients with facial spasms, doctors discovered that it could treat wrinkles around the eyes. Thus a new drug for the vain was brought to a very lucrative market.

Botox is injected into facial muscles to paralyze or weaken the muscles that form wrinkles. Because using Botox doesn’t require surgery it has become the most popular cosmetic procedure performed. In the year 2003 there were over 2 million botox injections performed. Botox treats wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, such as frown lines, crow’s feet, and neck creases.

Another reason why botox is so popular is because of the relatively easy and painless procedure. Unlike other cosmetic procedures, you can go to your doctor on lunchtime and be back to work with hardly anyone knowing the difference. In fact the entire botox procedure takes only ten minutes! The improvement in your frown line will occur within 7 days. You don’t have to go back to the doctor for another four months after which you can receive your next injection.

Side effects

As in the case with any drug or procedure, you should throughly research the potential side effects before you buy into the hype. The adverse events occur within the first week following the injection of botox and may have a duration of several months. The most common side effect of a botox treatment is bruising around the area of treatment. This bruising is the result of the actual procedure of injecting the botox into the area. The bruising usually fades soon afterwards and isn’t a major problem.

Another potential side effect of a botox injection is a temporary eyelid drooping or a limited range of motion in other facial muscle groups. Fortunately you could easily avoid looking like a living mannequin by just going to a certified medical professional. With such a potentially disastrous mishap, a professional will guarantee quality treatment.

You may also experience other uncommon short-term side effects that include minor facial pain, redness of the skin in the area surrounding where the botox was injected, and weakness of the facial muscles. These side effects typically go away after one week.

It is for everyone?

You shouldn’t have botox treatment if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, you are pregnant, have an infection where the botox will be injected and if you have a neurological disorder. It is also important that you tell your doctor if you are taking any medication. There are some medicines that may interact with botox.

If you are taking Vitamin E supplements, multivitamins, any anti-inflammatory medicines, you should cease before you get your botox injection. These medicines may increase your risk of bruising after the procedure.

In any case there hasn’t been any reports about patients being unable to completely move their facial muscles. So botox is completely safe for all of us looking for ways to clear those age lines. And if we can’t have the genes for clear and unblemished skin we can at least buy it with botox.