Botox (Botulinum Toxin)
Botox or Botulinum Toxin is a neurotoxic protein used to medically treat disorders in the muscle due to overactivity, post-stroke spasticity, spinal injuries, spasms in the neck and head, muscle imbalance caused by trauma. Botox injections are considered safe and effective in cosmetic surgery.
One of the wonderful aspects about Botox is the fact that no true preparation is needed but there are certain things that will improve your likely results, one of the best things you can do to minimize the possibility of a small injection site bruise is to avoid any aspirin or aspirin containing products.
If you smoke, your likelihood of bruising is also increased. If you bruise easily, you may choose to take natural supplements and stop smoking because that will result in decreased incidence of bruising.
Who is a good candidate?
In order to be a good candidate for Botox you should:
- Be between 18 and 65 years old
- Be in strong overall health
- Have realistic expectations
- Have wrinkles that can be successfully treated
How the Procedure is Performed
Botox is directly injected into particular facial muscles using a very small needle. Discomfort lasts a few seconds and is minimal. Once injected, Botox blocks nerve impulses from targeting particular facial muscles (effectively immobilizing them) so that the skin can relax, smoothing wrinkles and facial lines in targeted areas for the treatment period. Results can usually be seen within a few days and can last for 3-4 months. Botox injections are administered on an outpatient basis and can be repeated once the results fade.
Limitation’s and Risks
Botox treatment carries few risks and is generally safe for most patients. Common side effects include swelling, mild numbness and bruising or tingling in the targeted area. You can reduce the risk of numbness and bruising by avoiding rubbing or touching the targeted area for the first day after treatment. It is important to highlight that some patients do not experience any improvement following Botox treatment. In order to minimize risks, you should be screened for allergic reactions to Botox prior to having the full treatment.
Pregnant or nursing women or people with neurological disorders should not undergo Botox treatment as the effects on the fetus, breast milk and neurological disorders are unknown
- Time required: Half an hour
- More strenuous activity: Avoid strenuous activity on the treatment day and following days
- Final appearance: Within four to seven days
Note: This information acts as a guide to your possible treatment. Your individual concerns and specific medical history will need to be shared and discussed with your surgeon during your initial consultation.