Botox: A Subtle Way to Change Up Your Look
If you are looking for a way to enhance your look without looking overdone, Botox may be what you are looking for. Botox injections have been used by medical professionals to satisfy celebrities worldwide and other people who want to look their best without going through the time-intensive surgical process. The results are subtle yet noticeable enough that there’s a change in your appearance.
Dig deeper and learn more about Botox!
What is Botox?
Botox is a protein created from botulinum toxin that has cosmetic benefits when used correctly by medical professionals. A small dose of botox can fight wrinkles and reduce their appearance. Botox is usually injected, and it works by preventing signals from the nerves to the muscles. The botox in the muscle can’t contract, and it relaxes and softens wrinkles.
Botox is often injected on lines around the eye, frown lines and forehead lines. However, Botox has its limitations, like it cannot treat wrinkles caused by gravity or sun damage.
The most commercially used variants of botulinum toxins are:
- Abobotulinumtoxin A (Dysport)
- Incobotulinumtoxin A (Xeomin)
- Onabotulinumtoxin A (Botox)
- Prabotulinumtoxin A (Jeuveau)
- Rimabotulinumtoxin B (Myobloc)
NOTE: People used to call all Botulinum toxins as “Botox,” though it is a registered trademark owned by a single company.
Medical practitioners dilute the Botox powder in saline and inject it directly into specific muscles. You may feel minor discomfort only, and it usually takes about 3 – 7 days for the treatment to take effect, while some may last from 3 to 12 months, depending on the procedure.
Pregnant and lactating women, as well as people with an allergic reaction to Botox or any of the components, should avoid the treatment.
What are the benefits?
Aside from reducing the appearance of wrinkles, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Botox shot as a treatment for various health issues such as:
- Cervical dystonia
- Chronic migraine
- Overactive bladder
- Severe underarm sweating
What results can you expect?
Botox can make you look younger because it improves your skin by reducing the appearance of facial creases and diminishing your neckbands. It can also help lift the eyebrows, soften a jawline and even correct a gummy smile.
As mentioned earlier, Botox is also an effective remedy for certain nervous and muscular systems disorders.
What should you do before and after treatment?
It’s best not to drink alcohol 2 -7 days before the procedure. Avoid taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications 2 weeks before the treatment in order to prevent bruising.
You might experience side effects such as headache, numbness, upset stomach, dry eyes, disorientation, weakness or eyelid drooping. Discipline yourself not to rub the injection site for 24 hours to prevent the Botox from spreading to other areas. The medical professional might suggest that you remain upright for 4 hours after the shots. Avoid excessive sun exposure and apply ice packs to reduce swelling and bruising.
Who is the treatment for?
Botox is for people who have wrinkles and various medical conditions. Please consult the medical professional before getting the treatment to assess the best procedure for your case. Botox can make a difference in your life by making you look younger like our many patients in Blue Springs.
For more information, call our office and consult one of our highly trained and experienced providers today!