Botox is also called a botulinum toxin type A which is made from the bacteria causing botulism. This toxin is produced by the microbe that causes botulism toxin and is responsible for food poisoning. The botulinum toxin blocks the activity of the nerve in the muscles. Botox injections are best known as a group of medications that can temporarily paralyze the underlying activity of the muscles.
Botox injections are noted as the primary cause of reducing the appearance of some facial wrinkles and other problems like repetitive neck spasm, excessive sweating, overactive bladder and lazy eye. Botox injections may also prevent chronic migraines in some people. However, Botox is the first used drug that uses botulinum toxin and that is then followed by Dysport, Myobloc, and Xeomin. Each has some or other difference and are available in different doses.
Limitations of Botox:
- The use of Botox is strictly restricted in cases of an infection in the area where the medicine will be injected.
- Botox should also not be used to treat overactive bladder or an infected bladder to avoid any serious complications.
- The botulinum toxin contained in the medicine can spread to other parts of the body beyond the injected area. If this happens, then serious life-threatening side effects may be experienced. The side effects may include a hoarse voice, drooping eyelids, vision problems, severe muscle weakness, etc.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding women are not recommended for the procedure since Botox can pass into breast milk and may also harm a nursing baby.
How is a Botox given?
A wrinkle in the skin is typically formed by contracting the muscle and locating it directly beneath the skin. Actually, there are two muscles that are responsible for the formation of the frown lines that are positioned slightly horizontally between the eyebrows so the frown lines appear vertically.
Botox injections should be given by only by the trained medical practitioner or any professional dermatologist. It is usually injected into a muscle in perfect doses at an interval of three months each. It can be used to treat a single area numerous time depending on the condition of the treated area.
Botox Cosmetic is injected into the muscles where it blocks the nerve impulses to those tissues. The activity of the muscles is responsible for the formation of frown lines, the injection of Botox reduces and smoothens the skin. The facial lines do exist then they are considered as good candidates for Botox.
What to expect from Botox injections?
The injections take about 10 minutes and offer no downtime after the treatment. The improvements are noticeable within few days because it requires a couple of days to attach the nerve endings which stimulates the contraction of the muscles. The final results are visible within 10 to 14 days after undergoing the injection procedure.
Any injection procedure can be painful though the needles used for Botox injections are very small. So pain involved is minimal. Additionally, most of the patient experiences no pain since the area of treatment is numbed with a topical treatment. A cold pack is applied 10-20 minutes before the injections are given.
Side effects of Botox treatment:
The possible side effects of Botox include pain, infection, and inflammation, and swelling, redness, bleeding and bruising at the treatment site. Other side effects include allergic reaction like itching, rashes, red welts, dizziness, etc. However, any experienced practitioner can choose the perfect sites of injection to avoid some of the probable side effects. So choosing a perfect surgeon is a must to undergo a perfect complication-free procedure.
Does it affect the skin?
No, Botox injection does not create any adverse effect on the skin. It is an FDA approved a safe procedure that uses safety measures to protect the eyes and skin. Of course, some precautions must be taken to deter the possible side effects. However, in cases of any complicated situations, the patients must contact their surgeon and get the best advice from the surgeon.