What is Botox Cosmetic Treatment?

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Botox is undoubtedly the most popular cosmetic treatment in the medical aesthetics market. In 2022, Botox was the most popular non-invasive procedure, with more than 7.4 million patients administered in the United States – according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. But before you get the treatment, it is critical that you understand how it works, its effects, side effects, and more.

What is Botox?

Botox paralyzes or weakens muscles. The Food and Drug Administration approved its use for medical aesthetics and treating some neurological problems.

Botox is the most popular brand for a toxin created by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The same toxin brings on a potentially fatal form of food poisoning known as botulism.

The botulinum toxin is quite harmful; a small amount can be lethal. The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology reports that Botox is safe and rarely causes adverse effects when used as directed in a therapeutic setting.

Manufacturers use Botulinum toxin in minuscule concentrations to create Botox injections.

Dysport and Xeomin are two more names that make use of Clostridium botulinum. Because it was the first injectable botulinum toxin, “Botox” is the term you often hear.

How Botox Works

Botox is a cosmetic neurotoxin. By attacking the neurological system, neurotoxin chemicals interfere with the nerve signaling mechanisms that cause muscle contraction – this is how the medication temporarily paralyzes muscles.

Acetylcholine, a chemical messenger, is released by the nerves at the point where muscle cells and nerve endings come together to cause any muscle to contract. When acetylcholine binds to receptors on muscle cells, the cells shorten or contract.

Botox stops the release of acetylcholine, which prevents muscle cells from contracting. Over time, Botox causes targeted muscles to unwind and relax. The skin over these muscles also softens and gets smoother, effectively reducing wrinkles.

The most typical areas for Botox treatment are frown lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eyes), and forehead wrinkles. Botox can’t treat gravity or sun-induced wrinkles; it can only treat wrinkles caused by muscle contraction. Because Botox relaxes muscles and wrinkled skin, it is sometimes called a wrinkle-relaxer.

The Botox Procedure

It merely takes a few minutes to receive Botox, and there is no need for an anesthetic. However, you can get a topical anesthetic to help you deal with the pricking feeling of the injections. The practitioner gently injects Botox into selected muscles using a tiny needle.

The number of injections necessary depends on the surface area of the treatment region. The presiding injector will discuss the specifics of the procedure with you during a consultation.

How Many Botox Sessions are Necessary?

You typically only need one treatment session to achieve your desired outcomes. However, you should plan another appointment for when the results start to fade if you want to keep the effects of the treatment.

Botox Effects

The full effects often take 7 to 14 days to manifest. The toxin takes action between 24 and 72 hours. Depending on the therapy, they could last for 3 to 12 months.

As muscular activity gradually returns, lines and wrinkles start resurfacing and require further treatment. However, the lines and wrinkles frequently become less noticeable the more Botox injections you get because the muscles shrink with lack of use.

Botox Side Effects

Following a Botox injection, you can experience a few short-term side effects. These might consist of the following:

  • Bruising is the most frequent adverse effect. It will fade on its own
  • Headaches are often infrequent and pass in 24 to 48 hours.
  • A small fraction of people experience eyelid sagging, and it usually goes away in three weeks. Don’t rub the area that has received Botox because that typically causes the toxin to spread to untargeted muscles.
  • Drooling or a crooked smile
  • Dry eyes or uncontrollable flow of tears
  • Slight discomfort or swelling near the injection site
  • Flu-like symptoms or a general feeling of sickness
  • Queasy stomach
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness in the treatment area

To reduce the risk of bruising, you should cease taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs two weeks before treatment. It is also advisable to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages at least one week before the treatment because alcohol increases the risk of severe bruising.

For 24 hours, refrain from scratching the injection site to prevent spreading the Botox to other areas. In addition, your doctor could advise that you take a day off from exercise and remain upright for four hours after the doses.

Depending on the procedure, the effects of Botox could go beyond the injection site and cause symptoms like: 

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Heart issues like arrhythmia
  • The trouble with speaking or swallowing
  • Incontinence or loss of bladder control
  • Vision problems

You should reach out to your medical care provider if you experience these rare severe symptoms.

Genetic variables may be involved in why some people are more susceptible than others to experience these more severe side effects. However, failure to comply with proper aftercare can also cause these damaging effects.

It is important to note that incompetent injecting methods can lead to neurotoxin spreading and causing permanent damage. You must only work with professionally trained, certified, and experienced injectors.

Additionally, some patients receiving type A botulinum toxin injections acquire antibodies to the neurotoxin, rendering further treatments futile.

Are You Suitable for Botox Injections?

Botox should not be used by those who are nursing, pregnant, or have a neurological condition. You shouldn’t receive Botox injections if you have a cow’s milk protein allergy. Consult a doctor beforehand because the kind of wrinkle you have may be untreatable with Botox.

Botox can only be used under a doctor’s supervision. To prevent adverse effects, injections must be appropriately positioned. If botox therapy is applied inappropriately, it might be harmful.

A qualified and skilled doctor can advise you on the process and help you decide if it’s the best fit for your needs and health.

It’s easy to get an appointment with some of the best Botox injectors in the industry. Contact Golden Splash Medical Spa to get started with your Botox journey.

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