By Dr. Kanu Verma, Dermatology
What is Botox?
Botox or Botox injections belong to a group of medications that utilize botulinum toxin, which causes temporary paralysis to your muscle activity. A microbe responsible for causing botulism, a kind of food poisoning, produces the botulinum toxin.
Facial conditions that Botox can treat
Botox or Botox injections obstruct specific chemical signals from nerves that are responsible for the contraction of muscles. It is primarily used for treating facial wrinkles like crow’s feet, forehead furrows, and frown lines, by temporarily relaxing or paralyzing them.
How does the process work?
Before going for a Botox injection, you must have a clear idea regarding the whole process and how it works. This will make sure that you know what to expect. The entire process happens as follows:
- Before the procedure - Not everyone can handle the pain of injections, so if you are one of them then inform your doctor beforehand. Your doctor will numb the concerned area, so that you feel the least amount of pain, such as ice or topical anesthesia. Some doctors use vibrational anesthesia, which uses massage to decrease discomfort.
- During the procedure - Your doctor will inject small amounts of Botox into your muscles or skin. How many injections you will need, will depend on how much of your skin or muscle has to be treated. If you need a wide area of your skin to be treated, then you will need more number of injections. However, if you need a small area to be treated, then you will have to take a very small amount of injections.
- After the procedure - Once you are done with the process, you can resume your daily activities right after. However, keep in mind not to massage the injected or treated areas, otherwise, the Botox might move to different areas. Botox injections normally start showing results within a few days after the procedure. Depending on the extent of your injections, the effects can stay longer than 3 months or more. Nevertheless, if you want to keep sustaining it’s effects, you will have to take follow-up injections on a regular basis.
Botox sometimes earns a bad reputation, as people tend to perceive it as plastic surgery. Even though it is a cosmetic procedure, it serves a lot more benefits than reducing wrinkles. So, go on and try it!