I am a cosmetic-junkie. My obsession with skin health always keeps me on toes. I am a natural “explorer” of better and skin-friendly products. For a while now, Botox has really been enticing me, what with its cosmetic wonders, the flawless result and smooth skin just like a baby’s bottom.
However, before I opt for any expensive and fancy medical procedure, I educate myself with research, as is my principal. I know there are many of you out there looking for useful and authentic information on Botox. This guide will help you make up your mind whether you should go for the procedure or not.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a drug made from the neurotoxin produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. A neurotoxin is a substance or a chemical that is damaging or destructive to your nerve tissues. When used in miniscule quantity though, Botox has several medical and cosmetic benefits such as:
- It improves your skin by temporarily smoothing out facial wrinkles and fine lines.
- It is beneficial in the treatment of severe underarm or palm sweating (hyperhidrosis).
- It mitigates the stubborn and treatment-refractory migraine pain.
- It can rectify misaligned eyes, called strabismus.
- It is effective in the treatment of an overactive bladder.
- It is used to treat the severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions attributed to the neurological disorder called cervical dystonia.
- It can effectively correct uncontrollable blinking; or blepharospasm.
What’s All The Hype About?
Given the hype, you would think Botox is a miraculous new technique in cosmetic surgery but in actuality, it has been in use since 1920s. However, it wasn’t until 1997 that it began to be marketed commercially after the FDA approved it in late 1980s.
Being in your 20s, you may discard Botox as an expensive cosmetic babble but by the time you reach your mid-30s, you’d start noticing worry or frown lines dulling the beauty, smoothness and glow of your face. The lines and wrinkles broadcast the beginning of an old age — but wait a minute, no woman wants that, right?
Hence the answer — Botox! Because, honestly, for some of us women, aging is unacceptable.
Botox rejuvenates your skin — it literally irons your skin making you look younger. The story just doesn’t end here, what makes Botox so popular is the fact that the treatment requires no anesthesia, all you feel is a minuscule prick of the needle and wham, that’s it! The results become palpable within a few days. In fact, Botox injections do not bar you from wearing makeup immediately after using them. Yes, you do not need the down-time.
Lastly, it is not as expensive as you think. Even you and I can afford it.
Okay, I Get What Botox Is. Tell Me How It Works
Getting Botox takes no more than a few minutes. It is applied by a trained medical professional, who injects the smallest dose of drug right under your skin into the muscle. The toxin paralyzes the muscle by temporarily blocking signals from the nerves. A lack of neurotransmission will prevent the muscle from contracting, making the wrinkles soft and relaxed.
Botox is mostly used to treat the fine, frown and crow lines but if you are using it for sweaty underarms, please spare yourself and doctor the embarrassment by shaving them about 24 hours ahead of the procedure. Oh and you can do without antiperspirants for a while.
How Long Before I’ll Be Able to See The Results?
You can’t wait, eh? The timing of the results depends on where you get the injections:
- Fine lines and wrinkles ebb away within days.
- Neck muscle spasm begins to improve within two weeks.
- Eye muscle spasm loosens within one to three weeks. Best results are observed at two to six weeks.
Are Injections Painful?
If you are the kind of a person who’d scream your lungs out at the sight of a cockroach or spider, then yes you should be massively scared of Botox injections. Otherwise, no, they are not painful. Slightly pricky, yes, but not painful.
Does Just One Injection Suffice Or Do I Need Multiple Botox Injections?
Not so fast! For starters, Botox effects are temporary, you’d need injection(s) every three months in the beginning, but the time span will narrow with time because immunity builds up quickly.
What Happens If I Miss A Dose?
Nothing, honestly! Missing a dose is not harmful. Talk to your cosmetologist and get the next booking.
What Happens If I Overdose?
Now that’s worrisome — get instant help. Call The Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Botox overdose, called on a botulinum toxin A, can cause neuromuscular weakness and lead to troubled-swallowing for several months. It can also cause muscular weakness, bruising, bleeding, swelling, pain, headaches and muscle stiffness.
Overdose symptoms manifest instantly after an overdose and should not be ignored and should be immediately checked by a doctor.
Okay: That’s Scary. Tell Me About Other Side-Effects of Botox, If Any?
As flawless and immaculate as Botox may sound, it is not devoid of side-effects, although they are rare. Some of the side-effects include:
- Drooping of eyelids
- Double vision
- Drainage from eyes
- Swelling of eyelids
- Pain or burning
The effects are temporary and recovery is quick, i.e., within three to four weeks.
Does Botox Freeze My Face?
This is a myth. Botox does not freeze your natural expressions but an overdose can be harmful. Even if you feel muscle stiffness, your face will return to its normal elasticity and expressions within one to two weeks.
Is Botox Addictive?
While some people may become obsessed with Botox as a cosmetic treatment, it does not have an addictive potential.
If I am On Allergy Meds, Do They Affect Botox Treatment?
Cold or allergy medicines can magnify the side-effects of Botox, which you need to tell your doctor about.
Other medicines that may interfere with your treatment include:
- Muscle relaxants
- Medicines used for irritable bowel syndrome
How Much Does Botox Cost?
The prices vary from clinic to clinic. On average, per area cost of Botox is $365. Your eyes typically require six to eight injections, frown lines four to five, and forehead lines 10 to 12. Do the math.