Botox® injections can be used medically to treat conditions such as repetitive neck spasms, excessive sweating, overactive bladder and some causes of crossed eyes. In some people, Botox® injections also help prevent chronic migraines.
When used in a cosmetic context, Botox® is an injectable cosmetic procedure that helps to temporarily paralyze the muscles of the face, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It works by blocking nerve signals that cause muscles to contract for a period of time, and will give results that last up to 6 months. It is very effective to reduce frown lines and crow’s feet around the eyes. The result is a smooth, refreshed and more awake complexion.
As with all skin-injection procedures, you should always do your research before you try it and find out if it is suitable for you. To help you decide whether Botox® is right for you, here are some commonly asked questions and answers about Botox®:
What does Botox® do to your Face?
Botox® blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscles in the face, which in turn cause the muscle to stop contracting. The result is for the wrinkles to relax and soften. Botox® is most effective on forehead lines, frown lines and lines around the eyes (often referred to as crow’s feet).
Does Botox® work instantly?
Many patients will see minor results, such as lines being softened, by the end of the day of the treatment. The majority of people need a full to seven days to see their best results of Botox®, and after two weeks of time, you will notice remarkable results.
How long does Botox® last in the face?
You will see fewer wrinkles for up to 6 months following a Botox® treatment, but on average, 2-6 months is the range for a wrinkle-free complexion, with most patients seeing a smooth complexion for 3 to 4 months.
What happens when Botox® wears off?
It has been said that once Botox® wears off, your wrinkles will become more visible and pronounced. Thankfully, this is not true. You might be shocked at the reappearance of the wrinkles that have been absent for so long, so they might seem worse than before to you, but they are not.
How often is Botox® needed?
Factors such as age and skin condition will determine how often you need the injections. Usually, injections are recommended every six months. Your Botox® specialist will consult with you and help to evaluate this need for you.
Are there any risks/side effects of Botox® injections?
The Botox® procedure is generally safe when performed by an experienced practitioner. There may be some common side effects such as bruising at the injection site, mild swelling, or sometimes a headache with flu-like symptoms. However, if the injections aren’t placed accurately in the muscle, there may be some rare side effects such as an eyelid droop, crooked eyebrow, dry eye or excessive tearing of the eye. There is also a very unlikely possibility of botulism-like poisoning signs and symptoms. Ensure you seek medical assistance if you notice any of the following effects in the hours up to the week after receiving Botox®:
- Full body muscle weakness
- Impaired vision
- Trouble swallowing or speaking
- Trouble breathing
Before deciding on Botox® as an aesthetic treatment, always consult with a medical professional. Botox® is not recommended for some patients, including those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Overall, if you determine that the benefits of Botox® outweigh the risks, you can get ready for a fresh and wrinkle-free you!