Treating Your Skin

In the quest to stay young, more and more people have been going into cosmetic spas and clinics in order to get Botox injections. Botox cosmetics have now become a common procedure in dermatology where you inject Botox into the skin to treat facial lines and creases.

Botox is a filtered form of botulinum toxin A (thus the name Botox). When injected in small amounts into the facial muscles, the signals from the nerve to the muscles are barred by the toxins, making then weak and relaxed that it will be unable to contract. This means it that a tiny part of the face where the toxin is injected has become paralyzed so that undesirable wrinkles, lines, and creases is smoothen out and disappear. An injection can only last for seconds, and the effects are visible after a week, generally lasting for 3 to 4 months.

Botox has become a very common procedure in cosmetic dermatology, with its minimal effects and hardly any down-time. Temporary bruising and mild headaches that go away within a day or two are the most common side effects. Precautions, however, are necessary. Avoiding alcohol intake at least a week before the Botox injections should be done. To lower chances of bruising, it would be best to stop taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medicines at least 2 weeks before the Botox procedure.

Despite its popularity, there have been a lot of misconceptions about Botox procedures. Among them is the misunderstanding that Botox paralyzes the facial muscles. This only happens with excessive amounts of Botox, and licensed physicians are only allowed to inject just the right amount to get the necessary results. Not all areas of the face can be injected with Botox; muscles necessary for talking and eating, such as those around the mouth, can’t be injected with Botox. Those who developed wrinkles due to sun damage may not be affected with Botox as well.

Aside from smoothing out wrinkles and furrows in the face, Botox injections can also be effective in reducing muscle bands on the neck. It has also been found to be effective in treating excessive sweating and is useful in eye muscle problems, headaches, muscles spasms, and backaches. People who suffer from any type of neurological disease, and women who are pregnant or are breastfeeding are advised not to have Botox procedures.

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