What You Should Know Before Getting Botox
For a long time now, Getting botox has been synonymous with the high-end celebrities in Hollywood. The world believed that this was a magic well of life dedicated to keeping Hollywood wives looking young well into their 70s.
In recent times, however, it is an almost every day common procedure- just like getting a tooth refill. What most people don’t pay attention to is the little details about what Botox is all about.
What Really Is Botox?
The name Botox grew in fame as a short form of the earliest used injections. Botox comes from the name clostridium botulinum which is a bacterial neurotoxin.
Botulinum is one of the most poisonous kinds of toxins with the ability to kill anyone affected by it in a matter of days. It is found in marine water and certain foods and is fatal when ingested. There are 4 different kinds of Botox in the market today which are approved for use by the FDA.
How It Works
Due to lack of research, scientists world over have believed that as long as the botulinum toxin doesn’t come into contact with the nervous system there are no potential harmful effects.
It is from this basis that the Botox injection works. A small amount of the toxin is injected into muscles in the targeted area. The toxin paralyses the muscle preventing it from contracting and hence the removal of wrinkles. The muscle loses the paralytic effect with time and may wrinkle once again hence the constant need for Botox top up.
What You Should Expect During the Procedure
This is hardly the kind of procedure that may require you to take a day off work. The entire procedure involves injecting of the toxin into the skin in the area affected. The needle is very small and you may therefore not require an anaesthetic. The entire procedure takes a maximum of ten minutes.
There is definitely going to be a little bruising and red ness but this resolves with time by itself. Most people will complain of headaches, ironically, patients with histories of migraines tend to have relief instead.
In some patients, however, there is apparent eye lid dropping which is sometimes very embarrassing. This is no cause for concern as it resolves naturally.
In recent times, scientists have been trying to link the use of Botox to long term health risks but well this is still under research as published in the Daily Mail.
The most important thing you should do in any case is to ensure you have your procedure done at a reputable clinic with experience to prevent risks that can otherwise be avoided.
How Long Will It Last?
The effects of the Botox may be apparent after a few days to a week. It is important to note that correction of one mistake may lead to the development of another. Most patients will complain that they tend to look more serious, or that their face is unable to convey any kind of emotion whatsoever.
Most Botox injections tend to last a maximum of six months before they are topped up again.
When Should I Start Getting Botox?
A new kind of Botox has been in use of late. This is known as Preventative Botox. This means that women in their 30s and 20s can have Botox done to prevent and delay the manifestations of wrinkles. There is no limit as to when you should start getting Botox but I would say the sooner the better.
In conclusion, you as the patient should do as much research as possible before settling on Botox. Try out every other portion and evaluate this from every possible angle. Finally, seek as much professional opinion as you can find.
Finally, seek out the best doctor you can find and look forward to wrinkle free days.