Botox : The Cosmetic Use of Botulinum Toxin for Anti-ageing of Skin

Botox treatments are minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. Botox is a drug which is medically used to deal with muscular conditions and cosmetic issues as it momentarily blocks nerve signal and muscle contractions.

Botox is the best choice to correct dynamic wrinkles that develop overtime on the face. These include smile lines that become visible due to smiling, frown lines that appear because of frowning, crow’s feet which occur because of squinting the eyes., etc.

In 2016, over 4.5 million treatments were performed using Botox and similar medication to fight wrinkles. This type of procedure is the best non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States.

Trichohom – Hair regeneration Center offers anti-ageing solutions to get rid of the fine lines and wrinkles of the face and restore a younger-looking look with the help of Botox treatment.

What is Botox?

Trade name of Botox is botulinum toxin A. Botox has been in use for the treatment of many neuromuscular conditions for the past many years. Botox (Botulinum Toxin Type A ) is a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum.

How does Botox Work?

Botox is injected in very small quantities where wrinkles and fine lines appear. Injection of Botox causes short term numbness of these muscles. This affects flattening of the wrinkles. As the formation of wrinkles is paused, it helps to get rid of the wrinkles and fine lines which give a youthful appearance to the face.

What can be treated with Botox Cosmetic?

Botox can be used to treat the following issues:

    • Frown lines
    • Crow’s feet
    • Forehead lines
    • Laugh lines
    • Treatment of bands on the neck and lips.

Although Botox is mainly used for wrinkles and fine lines, it can also be used to treat other medical issues like lazy eye, cervical dystonia, reducing muscle spasticity, hyperhidrosis, etc.

Botox also received FDA approval for various medical problems, including:

    • Overactive Bladder
    • Excessive Underarm Sweating
    • Lower Limb Spasticity
    • Chronic Migraines

When will the effect of Botox be visible?

The effect of botox treatment can be seen from 4th – 5th day. The effect continues to enhance skin till 3rd week. However, some patients may require some minor booster dose at the end of 2 weeks.

On average, the effects of Botox last for about 5 to 6 months. The procedure needs to be repeated thereafter. The duration of the effect may increase with repeated injections in some patients. It has been observed that male patients may need injections more frequently.

Are There Any Side Effects Or Risks Associated With The Use Of Botox?

Most patients do not develop any side effects. The incidence of side effects is very rare. There may be a flu-like syndrome, respiratory infection, and temporary weakness of eyelid muscles.

Possible side effects include:

    • Pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site.
    • Headache or flu-like symptoms.
    • Droopy eyelid or cockeyed eyebrows.
    • Crooked smile or drooling.
    • Eye dryness or excessive tearing

Note : Doctors generally don’t recommend using Botox when you’re pregnant or breast-feeding. Also Botox should not be used in people who are allergic to cow’s milk protein.

What after Botox Treatment?

  • Refrain from touching the treated part for at least 3-4 hours.
  • Do not have a facial massage or electrical stimulation to the face for at least 72 hrs.
  • Do not overstretch, bend or kneel excessively for 2 weeks following treatment.
  • Muscle weakening does not begin until at least 1-2 days after treatment but sometimes takes as much as 12 days.
  • After treatment, the effects of Botulinum toxin usually persist for about 4 – 6 months before muscle activity is gradually resolved.