Who would have thought that a toxin can be used for cosmetic purposes? But that’s exactly what Botox injections are for! Made from botulinum toxin, a product of the Clostridium botulinum bacteria, these are injected in tiny amounts into a muscle. Once injected, the toxin blocks nerve signals controlling muscle contraction.
But be careful about getting these injections because there are always risks and rewards.
Keep in mind that the rejuvenating effects of Botox injections are only temporary, usually lasting for several months, but these are preferred by men and women for many reasons.
The injections can be done easily and quickly in your dermatologist’s office. Be sure to choose a doctor with the right qualifications for administering these injections for safety reasons.
The effects can be seen within 72 hours after administration. The facial muscles are temporarily weakened or paralyzed resulting in the significant reduction, if not the complete removal, of fine lines and wrinkles.
There’s little recovery time. Within 2-3 hours after the injections are finished, you can return to your daily activities. There are no incisions required, too, so the complications are minimal.
The injections are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and brow furrows in adults under 65 years old. These are also approved for the treatment of eye muscle disorders, chronic migraine, and muscle stiffness.
With these good things, no wonder Botox injections are popular even among Hollywood celebrities.
But there are also a few bad things that you have to consider before getting the injections.
Rubbing the treated area can ruin the desired effect. Many patients, unfortunately, rub their skin to ease the redness in the treatment area.
Within 3-6 months, the wrinkles will return and more injections will be needed, if you still desire it. Emphasis must also be made that the effect of repeated Botox injections aren’t known so be sure to discuss them with your doctor.
The cost of repeated injections will add up. Since these aren’t covered by medical insurance because of their purely cosmetic purposes, your pocket will take a hit.
The side effects of Botox injections are well-documented, especially if you’re the type who follow the ups and downs of Hollywood’s quest for eternal youth. While these side effects can be minimized by choosing a qualified doctor, these are common in patients:
Bruising and redness at the injection site
Weakness in the facial muscles
Pain in the face
The most dangerous side effect is when the toxin spreads to other areas resulting in difficulty in breathing and swallowing. You should always follow your doctor’s instructions so that it can be prevented.