Aging is natural, and after 30, it is likely that you will spot the first signs of aging, such as fine lines and light wrinkles. Thankfully with modern medicine and cosmetic treatments, you don’t have to be sad about these signs of aging. If a facelift or other surgical procedures seem too much, Botox is probably the answer to your ‘wrinkle problem’. Here’s what you need to know about Botox.
How does Botox help?
Botox, for the uninitiated, is the name of toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum. Medilux Botox injections are given to the targeted area, so that the targeted muscles cannot contract. With time, the muscles are trained to relax, and therefore, the appearance of wrinkles can be minimized considerably. Botox works best for lines around the eyes, forehead lines and frown lines. Please note that Botox may not work for all kinds of wrinkles, especially those caused by sun damage.
Knowing the procedure
Botox injections are administered without anesthesia, using a very fine needle. It takes around three days to a week for the effects of Botox to appear. The clinic doctor will usually advise against taking alcohol and certain anti-inflammatory medications for at least a week ahead of the procedure.
What to expect?
You will see a considerable difference in the appearance of wrinkles right after the first week, but keep in mind that Botox is not a permanent treatment. The results usually last for about four months or a tad more, depending on how the targeted muscles react to the injection. As the muscles are trained to relax with Botox, the appearance of wrinkles and lines isn’t as severe.
Other things to note
Botox injections don’t have a lot of side effects, except for temporary bruising, which should subside soon after. Some patients may have headaches but that should also subside within the next 48 hours. Do not scratch or touch the targeted area for the next 24 hours, and most of the side effects can be avoided. Expecting and nursing mothers shouldn’t consider Botox as an option. Also, it is important to talk to your doctor about what to expect from the treatment and whether Botox is a choice for your aging problems in the first place.
Botox is safe, effective and extremely affordable compared to some of the other treatments for wrinkles. However, since the costs are not covered under insurance, you may want to know more on the treatment expenses in detail.