Botox is a brand name of a botulinum toxin. This toxin is produced by a bacterium, used for skin treatment and anti aging. This has beneficial effects on our body and skin but if present or injected in a large quantity, it is akin to food poisoning. Another serious side effect is development of paralysis. This hormone weakens the muscles and for beneficial effect, this needs to be injected in small and diluted quantities to control muscular weakness and consequent ill effects. Due to these possible harmful effects the treatment should be got done only from a qualified medical practitioner.
Use of Botox got the approval of FDA and as such being successfully used to control certain ailments like uncontrolled blinking of eyes. It is being extensively used by cosmetic physicians to treat wrinkles and facial creases. It is also helpful to control frown lines even in severe cases. As such, it can be said that it is useful for all facial muscles and helps a person to look younger.
Botox helps to block signals between nerves to the muscles. The injected molecules do not contract and help the wrinkles to relax and soften. Though it helps to eradicate crow’s feet lines found across the eyes, forehead lines and wrinkles, but wrinkles formed due to damage caused to the skin by long exposure to sun rays, and wrinkles caused due to gravity, are not affected or cured by Botox treatment.
The process of treatment is simple and does not consume a lot of time. It can be undertaken during office lunch break time as no anaesthesia is required. Botox is injected using a very fine needle under the selected muscle. This does not cause a major discomfort to the person undergoing treatment. The injected Botox takes about seven days to give full effect to the part of the skin being treated. One injection can cover about one centimetre of area around the place of injection. In case of large area like forehead several injections will be required.
For best results, alcohol should be discontinued at least seven days before the treatment. To reducing the bruising effect on the skin, aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs should be discontinued at least fifteen days before the treatment. For precautions to be taken after the treatment is over, consult your doctor. This treatment has not been found safe for the pregnant women and those mothers who are breast feeding their child. This treatment lasts for quite some time, but is not permanent and will need to be repeated after some time.