Fine lines and wrinkles that form on the face are often the most worrying signs of ageing. It is the most visible one that doesn’t have an easy fix. A healthy lifestyle and good habits can delay these signs of ageing but they are bound to happen at some stage.
Botox is an injectable treatment that works on removing and preventing fine lines and wrinkles. It is usually used in tandem with other procedures. Botox is the brand name of botulinum toxinA, a toxic substance that is extremely lethal. In medical use, the dosage is too small to cause any damage.
How it works
Botox is directly injected into a particular muscle group. This injection temporarily paralyses that muscle group. The effects last for three to six months after which the user will need another dosage. These lines and wrinkles are caused by the repeated folding of skin as a result of facial muscles contracting under it. Hence when these muscles are paralysed the lines and wrinkles that they cause also disappear. Botox is typically used on the top portion of the face, around the eyes and forehead.
The process of getting injections may sound simple. The treatment should only be performed by a qualified person. The person administering the injection should have a good understanding of anatomy. If they inject Botox into the bloodstream instead of a particular set of muscles, it could paralyse a different part of the face. This may lead to the user getting a droopy eyelid, or difficulty in swallowing etc. These effects will last for three to six months. Hence getting a Botox treatment should only be from a place you can trust. There are a few service providers like Therapie Clinic that have a track record of successfully administering such treatments.
It is also critical to have a discussion with the doctor about the user’s medical history, allergies, any medicine that they take if they have had a Botox treatment before etc. This discussion could also be used to set expectations. Botox will not fix all lines and wrinkles. Wrinkles that arise out of a loss of volume on the face are usually fixed using dermal fillers. If the user has both types of wrinkles or lines a combination of both treatments could be used.
People usually start taking Botox treatments at the age of thirty or even later. There is a recent practice of preventative Botox as well where people start taking the treatment when they are as young as 25. This is done to prevent the formation of fine lines or wrinkles before they start appearing.
Botox treatments have all the complications that happen with injections. There will be a little pain which will fell like a pinprick. If your skin is sensitive there may be slight redness or bruising. These problems usually disappear pretty soon. If you notice any other symptom that persists, the doctor should be promptly alerted.