Botox, also known as botulinum toxin type A (or onabotulinumtoxinA) is a product made from the bacteria that causes botulism. It is used not just for cosmetically reducing wrinkles on the skin, but also for treating muscle spasms in the hands and arms, severe spasms in the neck muscles, severe underarm sweating etc. It is also used to treat some conditions in the eye muscles like spasms of the eyelids, uncontrollable blinking etc. caused by nerve disorders. It is also used to treat urine leakage, prevent chronic migraines etc. Botox Cosmetic has been approved by the FDA as a treatment to improve wrinkles on the face.
What Botox cosmetic treatments can I get?
Botox injections are typically given for the crow's feet area and the frown lines area. For the crow's feet area, the doctor will usually inject three areas of the muscle that surrounds the side of the eye, the orbicularis oculi. Each eye will therefore receive three injections.
For frown lines, five injections are given into two muscles on the forehead. Four of these will be injected into the corrugator muscles (which draws your inner eyebrows in and wrinkles the forehead vertically). One of these injections will be in the procerus muscle, which is the pyramid shaped muscle between your eyebrows that allows you to pull the skin in the area down.
How long will the treatment take?
Depending on your goals, your doctor will analyze your face and tell you the best areas for Botox treatments. The procedure itself takes about 10 minutes.
How does Botox work?
Botox works by weakening the muscles that it is injected into. It blocks nerve activity in the muscles by blocking the release of a substance called acetylcholine, temporarily reducing muscle activity. Because the muscles are weakened, the moderate to severe wrinkles are reduced in the area of injection. Wrinkles are caused by a variety of factors, ranging from collagen depletion, free radical damage, underlying muscles that cause crow's feet and frown lines to form over time. Botox injections can reduce the activity of the muscles causing these lines to form, albeit temporarily, and the appearance of wrinkles are reduced.
When will I see results?
While results vary from one individual to another, it is typical to see results within 24 to 48 hours. The full effect of the treatment can show up after 30 days as well.
How long does the effect of Botox last?
Since the effect of Botox is temporary, it usually lasts about 3 months. This applies to both cosmetic injections as well as those taken for other medical disorders.
Will I look unnatural after Botox?
Botox treatments can look very natural if received from a trained and licensed medical expert in facial anatomy. The treatment is technique-sensitive. When performed correctly, you should have the ability to show your natural facial expressions. Be sure to talk to your cosmetic Botox treatment provider about your goals and any potential side effects or risks before going through with the treatment.
What are the ingredients in Botox?
The active ingredients in Botox for cosmetic use contain botulinum toxin type A, while the inactive ingredients include human albumin (the most abundant protein that is present in blood plasma) and sodium chloride.
How is Botox given?
Botox injections for cosmetic or medical purposes should only be given by trained professionals. It is injected into a muscle, and be given in more than one area at one time, depending on the condition that is being treated. It is very important to follow your doctor's instructions before receiving the injections.
Does Botox hurt?
While different patients experience the injections differently, depending on their pain threshold, some people have stated that the treatment feels like nothing more than a pinch. If you are nervous, you can request your provider to numb the area with ice beforehand, which is common with many Botox treatment clinics. Your provider may also apply a numbing topical cream on the area before proceeding with the injections.
When should I avoid Botox?
Botox users have reported some serious allergic reactions, which have included wheezing, rash and itching, welts, faintness, dizziness, asthma symptoms etc. You should not use Botox if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Botox, including any other botulinum toxin product like Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA), Myobloc (rimabotulinumtoxinB) or Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA) or have a skin infection in the area you plan to get an injection. It is important to inform your doctor if you have used any other botulinum toxin products in the last four months.
What precautions should I take before Botox injections?
To make sure that your body will be able to handle Botox injections, be sure to tell your doctor about all the prescription and non-prescription drugs that you take, as well as vitamins and herbal products. You should also inform your doctor of any nerve or muscle conditions like ALS, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, myasthenia gravis etc. that can make you more vulnerable to the side effects.
Are there any other side effects of Botox?
Botox is generally a safe treatment, however it can can cause some potentially life threatening side effects in some people including:
• Problems swallowing, breathing or speaking, which is a result of the weakening of the associated muscles. If these conditions are pre-existing, the use of Botox can worsen them, and even cause loss of life.
• Spread of the effects of toxin to other areas of the body, causing muscle weakness, loss of strength, drooping eyelids, blurred vision, double vision, loss of bladder control etc. If you experience these effects, you should not drive, operate machinery etc.
Get medical help or contact a doctor immediately, if you experience these side effects. Other side effects of Botox include dry mouth, tiredness, pain or discomfort at the site of injection, neck pain, headaches, vision problems, swelling of the eyes etc.
How much does Botox cost?
If you are seeking treatments in Botox, Houston TX clinics will typically charge you about $11 per unit. On an average, you can expect a standard Botox cosmetic treatment on the face to cost around $500 on the whole.