What is Botox?
Botox is mostly known for being an anti-aging treatment that uses a solution called Botulinum Toxin. This is injected into any problem area you have, such as wrinkles across the forehead, to diminish their appearance and smooth out the surface of the skin.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscle around the area it is injected. This gives a more relaxed look to the area and in turn is extremely effective in getting rid of undesirable lines and wrinkles on the face. The way in which Botox works has also proven useful for treating people who have problems with excessive sweating, a lazy or droopy eye, and others.
Are Botox Injections Safe?
Botulinum Toxin has been used as a muscle relaxant for over 20 years, and used in cosmetic facial procedures for about 15 years. During this time it has established a proven record of safety, and has become one of the most common non-surgical anti-aging treatments on the market.
How Long Does Botox Last?
Botox can last anywhere from 3 months, right up to 5 or 6 months in some people. Three months is usually the norm however, and clients will notice the treatment working within 3-10 days of receiving the injections. Follow up treatments are recommended, and after a certain amount of Botox sessions, if you do stop having them, the wrinkles can appear less severe than they once were.
Does Getting Botox Injections Hurt?
Botox is not known to be a painful procedure, just uncomfortable. You can have the area numbed before the treatment if you wish, however the majority of clients can tolerate the feeling of discomfort, which is evidence that it doesn’t hurt too much.
What Will I Look Like After Botox?
You will notice that the places where you got the injections are slightly red in appearance, and they will require a few hours to settle down. An ice-pack can be used if necessary to reduce the redness, however it will go down on it’s own. You will look fine to go about your daily business after receiving the treatment.
What are the Side Effects of Botox?
Apart from the skin redness after Botox, and tenderness of the area, side effects of Botox injections are minimal. While more extreme side effects are rare, they can happen, and include bruising, slight pain and headache, and temporary drooping of the area where the muscle has relaxed too much.
Who Should Avoid Botox?
Botox is safe for most people, however we recommend that you avoid it in the following circumstances; pregnant or breastfeeding women, those who are under the age of 18, people with muscular conditions, people with infections, those with Haemophilia and similar conditions, people with breathing problems, people on blood thinners, and anyone who has had a previous reaction to Botulinum Toxin. If you have any kind of medical condition, it is always recommended that you check with your specialist first to see if Botox is safe for you.