What is Botox?
If there is one thing that can make all the aging symptoms disappear, it is Botox. Botox, or Botulinum toxin, is a trade name for a substance injected into the skin which inhibits muscle movement. Because of this, it can help prevent wrinkles and fine lines from developing or worsening. It’s been around for centuries and many celebrities and the elite swear by this.
Since it’s rise in the early 2000’s, Botox has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world. However, excessive use of this can cause dangers to the body. While it’s been described as ‘’the most poisonous substance known’’, when used safely for cosmetic purposes with an experienced cosmetologist, you don’t have to worry about a single thing.
How to prepare for a Botox injection
Inform your doctor for any botulinum toxin injections you’ve done in the past four months and any muscles relaxants, sleeping aids or allergy medications you take or have taken.If you take blood thinners, you may need to forgo them for several days as advised by your doctors to reduce your risk of bleeding or bruising.
How does Botox Injection work?
Botox can be injected into humans in extremely small concentrations and works by preventing signals from nerve cells reaching muscles, therefore paralyzing them. In order for muscles to contract, nerves release a chemical messenger at the junction where the nerve endings meet muscle cells. Acetylocholine, a neurotransmitter, attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes the muscle cells to contract to shorten.
By injecting botox, it prevents the release of the chemical, thus preventing muscle contractions. It reduces abnormal muscle contraction and allows the muscles to become less stiff.
During the procedure, botox comes in a powder form ans is diluted in saline. This is then injected directly into the targeted neuromuscular tissue. It takes approximately 24-72 hours for botox to take effect. In very rare cases, it could take as long as five days to notice its full effect.
Botox Complications and Risks
Generally, Botox injections are well tolerated with few people experiencing side effects. In very rare cases, however, a person may have a genetic predisposition that could have a mild, transient unusual reaction to the drug. It should also be noted that about 1% of the people who received Botox injections develop antibodies to the toxin that makes any subsequent treatments ineffective. Some unwanted effects of Botox may include:
- Mild pain, fluid bluid up and/or reddening of the skin at the injection site
- Feeling generally unwell
- Mild nausea
- Temporary unwanted weakness/paralysis of nearby muscles
- Temporary upper lid or brow drooping
- Weakness of the lower eyelid
- Neck weakness
- Flu-like illness
- Brachial plecopathy
- Gallbladder dysfunction
- Blurred vision
- Decreased eyesight
- Dry mouth
Are there other options
Are you scared of getting Botox injections? Or you have had some allergic reactions to Botox but you really want something to counter your fine lines and wrinkles? Don’t worry, there are other options for you. Surgiwire Wrinkle Release is a Botox alternative that is gaining its popularity in Hollywood.
Surgiwire is a minimally invasive procedure that quickly releases deep lines and scars by separating connections to underlying tissue. It’s so quick and safe that it is all done in the office with local anesthetics. The Surgiwire is a very thin wire that is threaded into the skin with a needle forming a loop around the area to be treated. It is then moved back and forth to dissect and lift the attachment of the scar or wrinkle from the adhesion below. Usually, the area is then plumped with fat. It is a really simple technique for those that worries about getting Botox injections but still wants the cosmetic treatment.
Another Botox alternative is the Xeomin. A rumor circulating around the cosmetic world is that when Botox is injected enough times, it can cause immunity to the toxin which then renders its muscle-freezing abilities useless. Xeomin has been around for years and many claim that the treatment is so similar with Botox that they can’t even tell the difference. It work exactly the same as Botox. It blocks muscle movement in the areas that develops wrinkles. Typically, it is used in the forehead, between the brows to soften frown lines. Unlike fillers however, Xeomin only impacts muscle movement and does not have filling effects for deep wrinkles. tOther alternatives also include Dysport and Myobloc, which works exactly like Botox but also a little different particularly when it comes to dosage units. Be aware that they aren’t interchangeable.
Other non-surgical cosmetic treatments for Botox
We’ve all heard that Botox is the be all and all in the cosmetics world. I mean, every celebrity and the powerful and beautiful elite preach it. Cursed deep wrinkles, be gone! Fine lines, away!While it is known primarily for its ability to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, Botox injections are also used for other non-surgical cosmetic treatment. These include:
- Repetitive neck spasms or cervical dystonia - this is a painful condition where your neck muscles contract involuntarily that causes your head to twist and turn into an uncomfortable position.
- Excessive sweating or hyperhidosis - This occurs when the temperature is not hot or you are not exerting yourself but you are still sweating a lot.
- Overactive bladder - Botox injections can help reduce urinary incontinence.
- Lazy eyes - The imbalance in the muscles responsible for positioning the eyes is the most common cause for this.
- Chronic migraine - If you have migraines for more than 15days in a month, Botox is said to help the headache frequency.