Smiling, laughing, frowning, crying etc, contribute to fine lines and wrinkles in our face, as we age. Dermal fillers and Botox can be used to smooth facial lines and wrinkles effectively for a fairly long period of time. Botox injections are a non-invasive procedure and considered as a very popular option compared to surgical treatments. Crow’s feet, laughter lines and forehead wrinkles are treated with a lingering effect for about 4 to 6 months.
- No anaesthesia
- Smoothes wrinkles and lines giving a youthful appearance
- Acts as a muscle relaxant and prevents further lines and wrinkles
- FDA approved and safe
Botox injections do not require anaesthesia. Botox is a neurotoxin made from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum toxin. Botox is commercially sold under various names such as Bocouture , Vistabel, botulinum toxin type A, Xeomin etc. Botulinum toxin when used in minimal quantities is proven to be a very therapeutic protein. When injected in very small concentrations, it prevents signals emitted by nerve cells to reach the muscles, thus paralyzing them. The muscles do not receive instructions to contract.
The toxin is administered by diluting the powder in sodium chloride or saline and injecting it into the muscular tissue. The time taken by the toxin to disrupt the synaptosomal process is about 72 hours. Though, this time may vary from individual-to-individual. It is advisable not to administer Botox into pregnant or lactating women, as it might cause side effects. At other times, side effects of this drug are minimal or none.
As any treatment would take, the procedure can cause mild injection pain, local edema erythema, some transient numbness or temporary unwanted weakness of nearby muscles due to the toxin.