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All You Need To Know About Botox Treatment

I have always shared my knowledge about various topical products, but today, I will discuss the most popular treatment — Botox.

What is Botox?

Most of us have heard of the Botox treatment and how the therapy, when done correctly, can make your skin smooth but your face expressionless.

Contrary to what most people believe, Botox is not a chemical that gets injected into the skin. Botox was the original brand of botulinum toxin used for this anti-wrinkle injection in the 90’s.

Botox is one of the most toxic poisons science has ever known. It is a mix of proteins produced by different types of bacteria, the primary of them being Clostridium botulinum. Botox, when injected into the skin, paralyzes the muscles it comes in contact with.

Different uses of Botox

Although botulinum toxin can be quite dangerous if accidentally taken, it has been revealed that injecting a small amount of it into specific muscles is safe.

In the late 1970’s, Botox was initially used to treat overactive eye muscles. Since then, it has been used to treat several disorders connected to dysfunctional muscles, including cerebral palsy, jaw grinding, spasms and chronic migraines. However, when a few ophthalmologists in the early 90s noticed that patients who used Botox to treat eyelid spasms displayed lesser frown lines (glabellas wrinkles) as a side effect, Botox became popular as a cosmetic treatment.

As a cosmetic treatment, Botox is a great option to soften folds, which are prominent when muscles contract, as well as dynamic wrinkles and wrinkles in motion. In most cases, getting a Botox treatment can help eliminate wrinkles. Common types of wrinkles that can be treated with Botox include:

  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Bunny lines
  • Frown lines (the vertical line that appears between the eyebrows)
  • Crow’s feet (lines appearing at the edge of the eyes)

Although Botox is not a good option for treating static wrinkles, those visible when you keep your face relaxed can help slow down the speed of the wrinkles in motion, turning into static wrinkles.

Apart from wrinkles treatment, Botox can be used for:

  • Eyebrow Shaping
  • Excessive sweating
  • Lifting nose tip
  • Turkey neck
  • Jawline contouring
  • Gummy Smiles

How Does Botox Work?

Although there are seven types of toxic botulinum, only two are used in cosmetic treatment: types A and B. Both the toxins used in cosmetic treatment similarly paralyze the muscles.

Muscles contract or clench up when triggered by nerve signals. A small gap NMJ (neuromuscular junction) separates the muscles and the nerves. When the nerve releases a chemical (acetylcholine) into the gaps, it sticks to the muscles, causing it to contract.

When Botox is injected, it prevents the nerve from releasing acetylcholine. Due to the absence of acetylcholine, nerves cannot connect with the muscles and get paralyzed.

How long do Botox results last?

Botox results start appearing about a fortnight after being injected, and the results usually last for 3-5 months. You should get re-injected when you see the results wearing off instead of waiting for a complete wear-off.

Side-Effects of Botox

Botox treatment uses only a small amount of toxin (100 units per session), which is completely safe. A complication may arise only when a significant amount is used to treat a disease in the body.

The procedure only involves inserting thin needles into the skin, which is not very painful. While anesthetic cream is usually used to numb the area, most patients require only ice packs and nothing at all.

Common side effects of Botox treatments include swelling, bruising or tenderness in areas that have been injected. However, most of them usually disappear within a few days and can be reduced by using ice packs back before and after injections.

However, significant side effects of the treatment, such as brow lowering, eyelid dropping or downturned lips, are usually caused when too much is injected or has spread in the wrong areas. However, these effects are typically minimized within a couple of weeks or in a maximum of 4-5 months when the Botox wears off.

In addition, medications or various medical conditions can also lead to severe side effects. It is always best to let your doctor know your medical history before you start with the treatment.

Botox Cost

There is no fixed price set for a Botox treatment. The cost is usually set according to the amount of Botox required to get the desired results.

Botox doses are measured in units. According to industry experts, a unit in Canada usually costs between $9 and $15 early this year. Depending on the area that requires the treatment, a patient needs between 25 and 75 units. Men opting for this cosmetic treatment require more units than women because they have stronger muscles.

To get a reliable price estimate, it is always best to consult the clinic where you decide to get the treatment done. After considering your facial muscles and the desired results, they will inform you about the cost.

Factors to consider when choosing a Botox Treatment

The success of the treatment primarily depends on how much is injected, where and how deep, and the types of techniques used during the treatment process. So, you should choose an experienced injector for your treatment.

Choose the right brands. Apart from opting for the original Botox, you can also choose Dysport, a botulinum toxin. Xeomin, though a pared-down version of botulinum toxin, also works well as the full version and is also safe.

Botulinum is a fragile toxin, so bubbles, foaming, and shaking can affect its potency. To get maximum results, check with the clinic whether they use fresh Botox.

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