Botox injections have become widely popular in the United States and around the world because of the promise of youth resulting from the banishment of wrinkles. The botulinum toxins used in the injection serves as blocks to the physical signals that order your muscles to contract. In other words, it plays on the concept that if a body part can’t move, it can’t lead to wrinkles.
A successful session could lead to a variety of benefits. It is a popular choice because it is non-invasive, and does not involve surgery and scarring. It is effective as an instant anti-aging solution, and results to smoother skin. It even has a hyperhidrosis effect and reduces the amount of sweating in the immediate area of the procedure. It also works for a span of about 6 months, which will allow you to reconsider.
There may be considerable benefits but there are also a lot of risks that are associated with a poorly executed procedure. You are dealing with a toxin that paralyzes, which may result to “frozen face” or the inability to move facial muscles due to excessive chemicals. Over-application or misapplication may also cause facial droop, a loopy smile, or an arched eyebrow. The most common side effects for properly injected botox are droopy eyelids, nausea, muscle weakness, and facial pain.
After weighing the pros and cons, the next step would be to have a consultation with a licensed and trained doctor. A physical exam and medical background check may be done to see if you are a good fit for the procedure. An evaluation of the facial rhytids will also be conducted so that a good recommendation on the use of botox can be made. If you are deemed fit for the procedure, you may be asked to sign a consent form and will then be scheduled for the procedure.
On the big day, you will be seated in an upright position and may be given anesthetic cream if needed or requested. Very fine needles will then be used to inject the chemical into your facial muscles. The process may take around 5 minutes, with minimal discomfort. This is an outpatient procedure, and you may leave immediately after your schedule. There is no need for a rest period, and you may go back to work or to your usual activities without need of worrying. However, it is best if you do not exercise within 24 hours.
If everything goes as planned, you will see the improvement that you desire within days, and will continue improving for about a week. The results last for about four to six months, and may vary depending on factors such as age, body type and skin condition.
At this point, you will need to re-assess and see if botox is the solution which is most compatible for you. A lot of people are now appreciating “graceful aging” as the more acceptable and responsible option, and have been shifting to more natural ways of grooming and beautification. On the other hand, technological advances such as botox may be the easier choice which will have the most immediate and evident results.