Nobody likes haggard and droopy skin with fine lines and wrinkles marring their beauty. One of the most effective treatment options available to help restore your youthful glow is Botox. If you are planning to give Botox a try, here are a few things to help you make a well-informed decision.
Botox is a Clostridium botulinum produced neurotoxin. This Botulinum toxin is a naturally forming muscle relaxer that when administered in small doses, smooths out fine lines and wrinkles in the face. It gives a more refreshed and youthful appearance, rewinding the clock at least a decade.
Neurotoxins like Botox work by blocking the neurotransmitters that signal muscles to contract. Depending on the area that is injected, the facial muscles “freeze” prohibiting facial expressions that cause fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is a great option for crow’s feet, forehead lines, lines between the eyebrows, chin lines, neck lines and fine lines around the lip.
Botox is also FDA approved to treat conditions such as neck spasms, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), overactive bladder and lazy eye. Botox injections may also help prevent chronic migraines.
The amount of Botox required depends on the number of areas being treated and their placement. For example, an average of 5-15 units per side is required for crow feet and 10-30 units for the forehead area.
Often referred to as a lunch time procedure, treatment can be completed in as little as 30 minutes. After injecting, Botox takes about 1-2 days to start working. Results are visible in 3-7 days with optimal results within 10-14 days. It is a pain free procedure, suitable for all skin types and no downtime.
The impact and results of Botox depend largely on the bodys ability to metabolize the neurotoxin thus, it varies from person to person. However, when injected in proper amounts, its effect can be seen for 3-4 months. Follow-up treatments are required to maintain a refreshed and youthful appearance. The average cost per treatment is $550.
As with most injections, some side effects can be pain, swelling and bruising at the injection site, a crooked smile or drooling, headache or flu like symptoms droopy eyelid or cockeyed eyebrows.
There are many factors to consider when considering Botox treatment but always consult a physician or certified professional before you get your botox on!