Cosmetic surgeons have been using Botox since the early 80’s to combat signs of aging and these days both men and women are turning to Botox for younger looking skin. From celebs to business men, Botox injections are regarded as one of the best ways to erase wrinkles and look years younger. But are you ready for it? Do you know all the facts and risks and is it something you really need?
What is Botox and how does it work?
Botox, or Botulinum toxin, is produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. The Botox is injected into the muscles in the problem areas causing them to weaken and effectively ironing out wrinkles to give you smoother-looking skin. The effects are temporary, usually only lasting 3 to 4 months.
Botox removes frown lines, crow’s feet and wrinkles between the brows. It is also used to combat wrinkles around the mouth and neck. However the treatment is not effective for wrinkles caused by sun damage.
When can I start using Botox?
Many people believe Botox is simply used to remove wrinkles already present on the face, however many dermatologists will tell you that Botox can also be used as a preventative method. A 2006 study on identical twins found that one twin, who had been using Botox for 13 years, had smooth skin with almost no wrinkles whereas the other twin, who had never used Botox, had deep wrinkles around her eyes and mouth.
Dermatologists refer to this as prejuvenation and they believe that the continuous use of Botox from as early as 22 can prevent wrinkles from ever developing. However most men and women only consider Botox in their 30’s.
When should I not use Botox?
Before you book your appointment, take the time to talk to your doctor or plastic surgeon to make sure you are eligible for Botox. Patients who suffer from neurological diseases should not use Botox as well as patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Many dermatologists also recommend that anyone over 55 should check with their doctor before using Botox.
How does the procedure work?
It is a quick and relatively painless procedure and involves using a thin needle to inject the Botox solution directly into the problem areas. The number of injections depends on the severity of the wrinkles but is usually between 4 and 6 small injections. The whole procedure lasts no more than 20 minutes.
It takes about 3 to 5 days for the full effects of the Botox to take effect but often people see results in as little as 2 days. Avoid touching the injected areas for at least 2 hours after the procedure and avoid drinking alcohol at least a week before the procedure.
What are the side effects?
The most well-known side effect of Botox is ‘frozen face’. This occurs when too much Botox is injected, leaving the patient unable to show emotion because the muscles in their forehead, for example, are frozen. Other less common side effects include:
– Swelling and bruising around the injected area
– Dry eyes and mouth
– Drooping eyelid which is usually a result of the Botox moving under the skin.
How do I find a reputable dermatologist?
There are a number of ways to find the right dermatologist. One of the best ways is by talking to your doctor. He or she can help you find a dermatologist you can trust as well as answer any questions you may have about the procedure. You can also talk to friends and family who may have had the procedure done before. Chatting to them about their experiences can help you find a dermatologist as well as prepare you for the procedure. Another way to find a reputable dermatologist is to look online. Often companies in the cosmetic surgery industry have a directory of trusted clinics that you can contact.
Botox injections are a cheaper and less invasive method of combating the signs of aging. But remember it doesn’t last forever! It takes repeat appointments every 3 to 4 months to keep those crow’s feet and smokers’ lines at bay.
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