Botox injections— Oh yes, this age-defying procedure is so popular nowadays. In fact, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery noted that Botox has become one of the most-sought nonsurgical procedures. As cliché as it sounds, people age, and that’s natural. So it is puzzling why men and women spend money to shot a dose of toxins into the muscles to bring back their youthful glow?
Botox Injections — How It Works?
The term, ‘Botox’ is short for an injectible form of “botulinum toxin” which is also the very substance that causes botulism or at times a lethal form of food poisoning. Sounds scary, right? Well, it is generally safe. This shot of type A Botulinium toxin is a neurotoxin that can effectively reduce fine lines, crow’s feet and wrinkles by paralyzing the facial muscles. Injected in small quantities, it interrupts the nerve impulses to facial muscles that keep unwanted facial lines from happening.
All right, Botox cosmetic is not all about fixing wrinkles, frown lines and treating Crow’s feet. It calms twitchy eye muscles and widely used to treat health problems like migraine headaches, bladder problems and incontinence. It cangreatly reduce the symptoms of hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating for numerous patients.
Weird and wonderful treatments such as Botox boob job, and fixing ‘gummy smile’ (awkward exposure of too much gums when smiling) are made possible because of Botox injections. So perhaps it is a ‘miracle toxin’ after all.
It is true that serious allergic reactions are rare because Botox is diluted and minimal doses are used. But rare means, a little slipup is still possible. Worst drawback could be losing the ability to raise eyebrows and ending up with a hat shaped eyebrow or drooping eyelid. A mistaken shot around the mouth could leave the patient drooling. Botox wears off after 3-6 months, so the complication of a little accident is only temporary.
So what if the procedure is perfectly executed? Depending on which area of the face you go after, you might unable to do full range of facial expressions for quite a while. Botox injected near the muscles that allow you to smile can have an effect on your smile ability. You might not be able also to open your mouth too wide when you eat.
After paying for a quick fix to unwanted wrinkles, some wrinkles are not really suitable targets for Botox treatment because they are not muscle dependant. For instance, the naso-genian or labial folds are fixed using fillers (Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid).
The wondrous effects of Botox are not immediate—tangible results take effect within 3-5 days. Since Botox wears off after 3-6 months, you have to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars once again for the next treatment.
Surely, looking young and beautiful, staying competitive and feeling good about yourself may just be a dose of ‘tox away. It can boost your confidence and open greater opportunities to enjoy life. However, it is imperative to weigh the Botox pros and cons, and know what is truly best for yourself.