Botox – an Attractive Poison
There are a number of cosmetic procedures available to get rid of forehead crinkles, furrows, wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet. Nevertheless, one procedure that has taken the world by storm as a wrinkle opponent is the most renowned Botox treatment – the most preferred treatment of today’s celebrities and fashionist as to restore youthful looking skin, albeit temporarily.
What is Botox?
Botox, derived from botulinum toxin is an injection used primarily to revive a wrinkled face. Unlike other treatments, Botox is an uncomplicated speedy procedure, requiring minimal time of recovery. Produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria that causes food poisoning (botulism) Botox, a purified toxin, injected into the facial muscles in small doses, helps iron out wrinkles and crinkles, by weakening the facial muscles temporarily, for a period of four or six months. Chiefly acclaimed for its ability to fade out facial wrinkles, Botox injections also treat Strabismus (crossed eyes), cervical dystonia (recurring neck contractions) overactive bladder, Blepharospasm (uncontrolled blinking) chronic migraines and hyperhidrosis (profuse sweating).
How Botox Injection Works
Botox injections pass to the muscles via nerves and tissues. Since the nerve ending absorbs Botox, the impulses between the muscle and the nerves cease, preventing contraction of muscles. These result in softening the deep furrows and lines.
Botox works effectively on the top part of the face. It helps ease fine lines between the eyebrows, laughter lines and deep creases on forehead. Nevertheless, dark patches, fine lines and wrinkles produced because of damages caused by the sun, remain unaffected by Botox.
Botox is a simple quick fix temporary remedy for easing facial wrinkles. The procedure carried out by injecting an insignificant 30 gage fine needle, in certain muscles sans anaesthesia requires just few minutes producing trifle tenderness.
Since it normally takes a few days time for the effect to take place, in order to ease bruises, it is best to discontinue prescribed anti-inflammatory medications and aspirin two weeks before undergoing the procedure. In addition to this, refraining from alcohol a week before the surgery also helps.
The effects of Botox die away gradually with time, lasting for a period of three to eight months. However, with the return of normal muscle function, the wrinkles resurface requiring yet another dose of Botox for a smooth younger looking skin. Nevertheless, during the course of time, the muscles become capable of relaxing, making the facial grooves and etches less obvious thus preventing the formation of new lines.
Botox Side effects
The most common side effect of Botox is momentary discolouration. Furthermore, about a percentage of individuals with Botox injections develop ptosis, a temporary drooping of the eyelids, which lasts for less than three weeks. This occurs due to rubbing the treated area within twelve hours or failing to remain straight for three to four hours of administering the injection. Other side effects are ulceration of cornea, facial muscle weakness, decreased blinking, pain on the facial regions, nausea, uneven breathing, swallowing difficulties, dry mouth, asthma, wheezing, fainting and in some extreme cases may lead to mortality.
Individuals taking prescription antibiotics, suffering from neurological conditions or nursing/ pregnant women should exercise caution and refrain from using Botox, considering its myriad side effects.
Some of the side effects may be overwhelming and may require immediate medical attention.