Botulinum toxin is an aesthetic medical treatment known as Botox, which is used for anti-aging purposes. This toxin has been shown to be effective in reducing unwanted lines and wrinkles for many years. Although its effect is not permanent, botulinum toxin is the fastest and least expensive option for people who prefer non-surgical anti-aging procedures.
Small injections are performed in the area to be treated, which temporarily paralyze the muscles that cause frown lines, the famous crow’s feet, horizontal wrinkles in the forehead, and other facial wrinkles. There is no pain and it does not require anesthesia. Its effects usually last from three to four months. Sometimes, after multiple treatments, the results may last longer.
The application process is short. It will take a few days after the injection for the total effects of the treatment to show. This is because Botox does not work on the wrinkle itself, but on the muscles that cause it. Therefore, as the muscles become unable to contract, the wrinkles will gradually disappear. Once the muscles begin to work as usual, wrinkles may reappear.
Am I a Candidate for Botox Treatment?
You and your doctor may consider applying Botox if:
- You have moderate or severe facial wrinkles.
- Your wrinkles are located on areas that Botox can treat. For example: eye contour, forehead, around the mouth, neck, etc.
- Your health is in optimal condition.
- You have realistic expectations of the procedure.
Are There any Risks or Complications?
The possible side effects of Botox are small. You could feel pain where you were injected, as well as inflammation, swelling, redness, bleeding, and bruising. Some of these symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction to the injected toxin.
Other symptoms would be:
- Red welts.
- Dizziness and sudden fading.
- Dry mouth.
- Headache and neck