Botox cosmetic is a wrinkle muscle relaxant injected into the skin of the area where the effect is desired. Botulinum toxin type A, specifically OnabotulinumtoxinA, is employed in the treatment to paralyze muscle temporarily. It helps to decrease the look of wrinkles on the face. It is a minimally invasive procedure. It is considered a safe and effective treatment for lines and wrinkles around the eyes. It is also applicable effectively to the area between the eyes on the forehead.
What is the substance used for Botox treatment?
Clostridium botulinum and related species produce botulinum toxin, a neurotoxic protein. It causes flaccid paralysis (considered one of the most toxic substances in the world) by preventing the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from axon terminals at the neuromuscular junction. Botulism is a fatal illness caused by this toxin.
Here is why you can be assured of the safety
The FDA first licensed the treatment in 1989 to treat blepharospasm and other eye muscle issues. The FDA authorized it as a cosmetic therapy for moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in 2002. The FDA authorized it in 2013 to treat wrinkles around the eyes as it was found to be safe and effective for crow’s feet lines.
What parts of the body does Botox target?
The Botox injection is appropriate for cosmetic purposes in the following areas:
- To cure moderate to severe frown lines, the area between the brows (glabellar region)
- To cure crow’s feet lines (lines that appear around the eyes)
FDA also approved the treatment for other medical purposes like treating the following conditions:
- overactive bladder
- chronic migraines
- Excessive sweating in the underarms
- lower limb spasticity
What can you expect during the Botox treatment procedure?
The injections work by inhibiting the nerve signals and muscle contractions for a short period. Wrinkles around the eyes and between the brows decrease as a result. It can also help to prevent the formation of new wrinkles as it can inhibit facial muscle contraction.
It is a process with a low level of invasiveness. There is no requirement for incisions or general anesthesia required. 3-5 doses of botulinum toxin type A will be administered by the provider using a tiny needle during the procedure. They will inject the area between the brows that have been chosen. To get rid of crow’s feet, one will need three injections on each side of their eyes. It takes about 10 minutes to complete the entire procedure.
Risks and Complications involved in Botox
Minor bruising or soreness is possible, but it should suffice after a few days. Other possible adverse effects include:
- Drooling or swelling in the eyelid area
- Neck pain
- Dry eyes
- Double vision
- Rashes, itching, asthma symptoms, and other allergic reactions.
Rubbing, massaging, or applying pressure to the treated region is not wise. Botox Cosmetic can spread to other parts of the body with these processes. It can have a detrimental impact on your outcomes.
Botox is FDA-approved, but one should look for a licensed Cosmetic provider. Communication about any allergies or side effects is also key to a successful treatment. The effect of this treatment should last around four months, and one can have more injections if one wants to keep their wrinkles at bay.