Since 2002, a plastic surgery option called Botox has been used to eliminate facial wrinkling. It is an effective remedy for lines caused by stress, age, and the environment. A poisonous substance called Botulinum Toxin is injected into the affected areas to smooth out wrinkles between the eyes, on the forehead, around the mouth, and at the base of the nose. The result gives a more vital and youthful appearance.
Botulinum Toxin is linked to a serious illness called botulism which causes paralysis if ingested in large quantities. However, when injected in very small doses, this paralyzing effect has a positive outcome on weakening facial muscles. The injections prevent the muscles from contracting, thereby allowing them to soften and relax.
Botox is especially effective for lines around the eyes known as crow’s feet and wrinkles caused by frowning. It must be pointed out that wrinkling caused by sun damage does not respond positively to Botox. The process only takes a few minutes and it is not necessary to administer anesthesia.
You will only experience a slight amount of discomfort during treatment. After 3 to 7 days, you will notice the full benefits. A week before treatment, you should avoid using aspirin, alcohol, and anti-inflammatory drugs as this will lower the risk of bruising.
Effects & Follow-ups
The effects of the injections can be expected to last for about 4 to 6 months. After this period, the muscles gradually regain their action and wrinkles and lines re-appear. Follow-up treatments produce even more effective results because the muscles have become accustomed to being in a relaxed state.
Bruising is the worst side-effect of this plastic surgery treatment. In very rare cases, there have been reports of short-term eye-drooping or temporary headaches. These can be avoided if the patient does not rub the treated area for 12 hours after the injections have been administered