Do people ask you if you are angry or sad? Do colleagues ask you if you are tired? Do you have a permanent frown?
Dramatic and long-lasting improvements in your appearance are within your reach today – Consider Botox – the secret of celebrities for years. Botox is not a wrinkle removal cream or a new way to buff wrinkles away. Botox is a natural substance coming from a micro-organism that relaxes wrinkles from under the surface of the skin.
Small doses of Botox are injected directly into the muscle that controls the wrinkle. The Botox relaxes the muscle and the wrinkle is smoothed. Botox injections have been used safely and effectively for over ten years. Each year, thousands of patients receive Botox for a variety of facial aesthetic conditions. It is a popular treatment for the disappearance of frown lines, crow’s feet or wrinkles around the eyes, and forehead lines.
Fortunately, the effects of Botox last from three to six months. Further, the duration of treatment benefits increases over time so that fewer treatments are usually required in the future.
Botox is a simple and safe procedure. Using a tiny needle, a very small amount of Botox is injected into locations on the face. Because the needle is so fine and only a small amount of liquid is used, the pain associated with the injections is minimal. Most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite. No sedation or local anesthetic is required, and you can resume normal activities immediately. You can even drive yourself home or back to the office.
When and how long does botulinum toxin work?
The initial effects of treatment become visible within 48 to 72 hours. The maximum effect is reached in about 1 to 2 weeks. Your facial expression will become more relaxed but by no means mask-like. The overall result is very natural. The effect of treatment generally lasts for 4 to 6 months. Re-treatment is then required.
Potential adverse effects (side effects)
Botulinum toxin injection is generally a safe and effective treatment method. Nevertheless, certain side effects can occur but, like the intended treatment effects, they are mostly reversible. At this appointment, you will be informed about the potential side effects of botulinum toxin therapy, contraindications to therapy, and potential drug interactions.
Potential side effects
- Bruising or swelling at the injection site
- Slight feeling of nausea
- Tiredness, pain in the arms and legs
- Temporary drooping of the eyebrow or upper eyelid
- Brief visual disturbances
- Dryness of the eyes
- Skin rash
- Allergic reactions
- Dry mouth
- Muscle atrophy
- Myasthenia gravis
- Lambert Eaton syndrome
- Blood coagulation disorders
Drug interactions can occur when botulinum toxin is used concomitantly with other medications. Since these medications can alter the effects of botulinum toxin, you must ensure that your doctor is aware of any current medications you are taking, especially
- Amino glycoside antibiotics
- Muscle relaxants