Chances are, you’ve heard of Botox, the seemingly miraculous treatment for wrinkles and fine lines. But do you know anything further in detail as in how would it work, and how long would it last?
Botox is actually the trade name for a substance injected into the skin which is known to inhibit muscle movement, and that can soften wrinkles from developing or worsening.
Botox injections work by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscles can’t contract, and that makes the wrinkles and facial creases more relax and soften. Typically, Botox results last from 4 to 6 months.
Botox is most often used on forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eyes), and frown lines. Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox. In this scenario, skin tightening treatements like Ultherapy, Silhouette Soft thread lift, Radiesse biostimulator fillers and Sylfirm would be the ideal treatments to address these issues.
Botox is a relatively safe treatment, but it should always be undertaken by a qualified medical aesthetic doctor to ensure that you are getting the genuine product and the correct amount in the right area.
Visiting someone without the correct qualifications and experience could lead to asymmetrical results, muscle drooping, frozen expressions as well as various other dangerous consequences.
- Flu-like symptoms – including a headache – for the first 24 hours after treatment
- Bruising at the injection site
- Temporary weakness and droopiness of your facial features – for example, eyelids or eyebrows may droop temporarily if the injected medicine moves into these areas
- Your body developing resistance to the treatment if it’s repeated too frequently
If carried out correctly, side effects are generally minimal – and some may not experience any at all.
However, occasionally some light bruising or redness around the area of injection might occur, although this shouldn’t last long.
Rare side-effects can include difficulty in swallowing, speaking and breathing – if this happens you should seek medical attention immediately.
However, the above side effects are super rare, especially when the procedure has been carried out by a certified and experienced medical aesthetic doctor using the ideal dosage.
People who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological disease should not use Botox. Since Botox doesn’t work for all wrinkles, you should consult with a doctor first.