Botox Benefits – Learn how it Turns Back the Clock
Botox is a refined form of botulinum that is used to rejuvenate the appearance of the face of patients. Botox is injected into targeted areas in the face to refresh the look of the face through the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines. Certain muscles are targeted on the face of the patient and the Botox is injected into those targeted areas. Neuromuscular blockers limit the amount of muscle contraction in the targeted area where the injection was performed. The limiting of the contractions allows the muscles to relax and reduce the appearance of any unwanted wrinkles. Botox is often injected into the corners of the eyes as well as the sections of the face above the nose and forehead. These areas are often targeted as they can become wrinkled because of regular squinting or frowning on the part of the patient. The relaxation of the muscles means the skin is not continually pulled and is able to smooth out.
Botox – How it is Performed
The Botox process begins by the doctor determining where to place the Botox needle in the targeted area on the face. In general, the placement of the needle is based on the depth and size of the area that is being treated. Multiple injections might be needed in the designated area to achieve the desired final results.
The injection of Botox works to temporarily block the nerve signals of the muscles which prevent the muscles from forming wrinkles and fine lines. The treatment is performed in a few minutes and it is an outpatient procedure for patients.
Additional Botox Benefits
In addition to turning back the clock thanks to less fine lines and wrinkles, Botox has other uses that patients can enjoy including relieving headaches caused by muscle spasms or tension. Botox can give relief to patients suffering from axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating from the armpits) by blocking signals that lead to secretion through the armpits. Botox also loosens tight muscles that limit the movement in the area where the muscle is located so the patient gains some mobility
Patients need to be aware of the fact that Botox is not a good option for use in areas of the body with fine lines and wrinkles not caused by muscle tightness. Botox is not a good option for treating nasolabial folds which are the creases running from the nose to each corner of the mouth. Fillers are a better choice to alter and enhance the appearance of nasolabial folds.
Botox Recovery Time and Results
There is little to no recovery time after receiving Botox injections including little pain on the part of the patient. The patient might experience some bruising but can return to work the same day as the treatment.
Botox results might take a week or two to become visible after the injection. As time passes after the injection, the skin will start to smooth out and the visible wrinkles on the face will begin to fade. Patients can expect the results of Botox to last anywhere from four to six months and the look of the person will be youthful and rejuvenated. It should be noted that the results of Botox injections are not permanent. In order to maintain the results, patients will need to have follow-up treatments.
Patients might experience a droopy eyelid if some of the Botox drips down while it is being injected in the eyelid. Thankfully, a droopy look to the eyelid is only temporary and should only last a few months before it wears off.
There are other risks related to using Botox and they include:
- Bruising or swelling in the area where the Botox was injected
- Allergic reaction
Botox Benefits Start with a Visit to the Doctor
It is important for patients to visit an experienced and board-certified doctor when they are considering have a Botox treatment. The doctor should have the necessary experience, and artistic eye, to provide the desired results without it being obvious to the general public that a person had Botox injections. Plus, the doctor can examine the skin of the patient to determine if the person is an ideal candidate for the cosmetic procedure.
There are some patients that want to save money on their treatment by using cheaper brands of Botox that can be found online. There is a risk to using these cheaper versions as they come from other countries so there is a chance that they might not be tested as thoroughly as the patented medication approved by the FDA. The FDA-approved version of Botox is produced by Allergan. Because these cheaper versions are not the version produced by Allergan, there is a chance of patients suffering adverse reactions including the risks listed earlier in this article. Patients need to check with their doctor to make sure the version of Botox that is being used is the one that is tested and approved by the FDA.