Botulinum toxin is used medically, to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles.
How does Botox work?
- Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can’t contract.
- This makes the wrinkles relax and soften.
- Botox is most often used in forehead lines, crows feet (lines around the eyes) and frown lines (between the eyebrows).
How is a Botox procedure done?
- Getting Botox takes only few minutes and doesn’t require anesthesia.
- Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort.
- Botulin Toxin takes up to 72 hours to take effect and make a noticeable difference.
How long does a Botox injection last?
- The effects from Botox will last 3 to 6 months.
- As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and need to be treated again.
Who should not have Botox?
- People who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have neurological diseases should not use Botox.
What are the side effects of Botox?
- Temporary bruising is the most common side effect of Botox.
- Headaches which end in 24 to 48 hrs can happen but this is rare.
- Local numbness, flu like symptoms with mild fever.