Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostidium botulinum. It’s the toxin that causes life threatening food poisoning called botulism. Since doctors use it in a small dose to treat health problems and its further refined before injecting, it’s relatively safer. While we prefer to recommend products with pure hyaluronic acid, this is a very popular skin treatment.
The 411 on Botox Injections
It is used to treat problems like:
- Temporary smoothing of facial wrinkles and improvement in the appearance
- Severe underarm seating
- Cervical dystonia- it is a neurological disorder in which the muscles of the neck contract involuntarily and it force the head to twist or tilt in an uncomfortable position.
- Blepharospasm- is an abnormal contraction or twitch of the eyelid.
- Strabismus: this is the misalignment of the eyes, usually known as crossed eyes.
- Chronic Migraines
- Over-active bladder
Botox injections particularly work by weakening or paralyzing certain muscles by blocking the nerves. Though Botox injections are considered safe when performed by a professional doctor it still doesn’t mean it has no risks. If the injections are not placed appropriately the side effects may spread further from the injected site and cause problems like:
- Drooping of the eyelid
- Dry eye or excessive tearing
- Cockeyed eyebrows
However the most common side effects include swelling and bruising at the injected site, headaches and flu like symptoms. It is though very unlikely but there is a possibility that the side effects may spread over to other parts of the body. If you somehow face the following symptoms you should call the doctor right away;
- Having vision problems
- Trouble in breathing
- Loss of bladder control
- Muscle weakness all over the body
During pregnancy and breast -feeding the doctors normally suggest against using Botox. Botox must be used under the supervision of an experienced doctor as it can be dangerous if it’s injected incorrectly. YOU must look for a doctor who has specialized in the particular field and is both experienced and certified to conduct Botox. A skilled professional doctor can advise on the procedure and can help determine what suits best for your skin and health.
You must tell your doctor whether you’ve received any type of botulinum toxin injections in the past four months. You should discuss it with your doctor if you are taking blood thinners because it’s advised that you stop taking them several days before injection to reduce the risk of bleeding and bruising.
A thin needle is used to inject tiny shots of Botox into the skin or muscles. The number of injections needed completely depends on many factors including the extent of the area that is being treated.
After the procedure is done you can expect to resume your daily activities after the procedures but you must avoid stressful movements in the injected area. Try to avoid rubbing or massaging the area as this can cause the toxin to deviate to a different area.
Botulinum toxin injections usually begin working after a few days of treatment. The effect may last up to 4 to 12 months but you need to pursue regular follow-up injections for a lasting effect.
This video shows one of our panelists getting the procedure done: