What is Botox, how does it work and who is it for?
Have you ever wondered how Botox works?
Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. It is most often used on forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eye) and frown lines, but can be used in the lower face, lifting the neck and for excessive sweating. Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond as well to Botox.
How is Botox administered?
Having a Botox treatment takes only a few minutes and no anesthetic is required. Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes three to fourteen days to take full effect.
How long does Botox last?
The effects from Botox will last three to four months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to re-appear and wrinkles need to be re-treated. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are being trained to relax.
What are the side effects of Botox?
Temporary bruising is the most common side effect of Botox. Headaches, which resolve in 24-48 hours, can occur, but this is rare. A small percentage of patients may develop eyelid drooping. This usually resolves in three weeks. This usually happens when the Botox moves around so you shouldn’t rub the treated area for 12 hours.
Who should not receive Botox?
Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a neurological disease should not use Botox. Since Botox doesn’t work for all wrinkles, a consultation with a doctor is recommended.