What Is Botox?
Botox is a drug doctors have been using for years to treat wrinkles and facial creases. Botox is a brand name of a toxin made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are other brands, such as Dysport and Xeomin. Botox is the term you hear most often because it was the first injectable botulinum toxin.
How Is Botox Used?
The most common reason doctors use Botox is to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. But getting a Botox shot can help treat other conditions, such as:
How Does Botox Work?
Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can’t contract. That makes wrinkles relax and soften.
How Is a Botox Procedure Done?
Getting Botox takes only a few minutes. You won’t need anesthesia. The provider uses a small needle to inject Botox into specific muscles with only minor discomfort.
It generally takes 7 to 14 days to take full effect. It’s best to avoid alcohol starting at least 1 week before the procedure. You should also stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications 2 weeks before treatment to help prevent bruising.
Avoid rubbing the injection site for 24 hours so you don’t spread the Botox to another area. Your doctor may also tell you to stay upright for 4 hours after the shots and to take a day off from exercising.
How Long Does a Botox Shot Last?
The effects from Botox will last 3 to 6 months. As muscle action slowly returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and need to be treated again. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are shrinking.
What Are the Side Effects of Botox?
You may have some temporary side effects after a Botox injection. These could include:
- Bruising. This is the most common side effect and will go away.
- Headaches. Typically, these are rare and end in 24 to 48 hours.
- Eyelid drooping. This happens with only a small percentage of people and usually goes away within 3 weeks. It usually happens when the Botox moves around, so don’t rub the treated area.
- Crooked smile or drooling
- Eye dryness or severe tearing
- Mild pain or swelling around the injection site
- Flu-like symptoms or a general unwell feeling
- Upset stomach
- Weakness in nearby muscles
Who Should Not Get Botox?
You shouldn’t have Botox shots if you’re allergic to cow’s milk protein.
Will Health Insurance Pay for Botox?
History of Botox and areas of usage
Botulin toxin type A is synthesized by anaerobic bacteria of the family Clostridium (microorganisms). In medicine, Botox was used firstly in 1960. Then this toxin gave the opportunity to radically change the lives of many patients with a variety of diseases (not only cosmetic issues). Doctors used – and still continue to do so- it for example in the case of paresis (partial paralysis) and paralysis of the facial nerve, for the reason, that the injection of botulin toxin stimulates muscle relaxation and restoration of facial symmetry. Botox used to be even treatment of migraines. In addition, it is used by nerve pathologists in the cases of headaches, cerebral palsy, strabismus, and other diseases of the nervous system. Botulino therapy can be suggested by an orthodontist who needs to cure bruxism – teeth grinding.
Botulin toxin acts locally: it disrupts the transmission of the nerve impulse from the nerve end to the muscle, thereby relaxing this particular muscle. But this process is temporary, so Botox injections should be repeated every 3-5 months for prolonging the effect.
While using botulin toxin in the case of paralysis, doctors noticed that it perfectly smoothes wrinkles. This moment has introduced Botox into cosmetology. So, usually, after using Botox, wrinkles on the forehead, nose bridge, and near the eyes are smoothed. It is possible to do correction in the lower third of the face, but the muscles in this area are too close. Therefore, there is a possibility to relax the wrong muscle. However, such a consequence does not carry any danger to one’s health: just the corners of the mouth may temporarily drop. So, as we can see, injections of botulin toxin require excellent knowledge of anatomy.
On the other hand, botulin toxin is not able to completely smooth out static wrinkles – deep, that have long been formed. But despite this, botulin therapy is very effective in treating dynamic wrinkles, with excellent prevention of the formation of new ones. The result of such therapy can be observed on the second day and finally will be clearly visible after two weeks. It will persist for 3-5 months, so if the patient wants to have smooth and wrinkle-free skin, this procedure shall be repeated in those terms.
Doctors from the entire world admitted: systemic side effects as the result of botulin toxin injection have not been identified yet. It may be some general inconveniences, e.g. headache, nausea, or neck weakness. And still, as with almost every preparation, there is a list of contraindications:
- Resistance (insensitivity) to Botox,
- Oncological diseases,
- Violation of the integrity of the skin at the injection area,
- Chronic diseases in the phase of exacerbation (at the moment of injection).
Over sweating treatment
Botox therapy allows not only achieving wrinkle smoothing. In addition, botulin toxin also weakens the activity of sweat glands, allowing for a while to solve this unpleasant problem.
In the treatment of so-called hyperhidrosis, Botox might be injected into the armpits, palms, soles, and groin. Agent injected superficially and in large quantities. Stopping sweat secretion is due to a violation of the transmission of the nerve impulse to the sweat gland: the sweat ceases to be produced in the following place for 4-6 months. The number of, let’s say, “dry” months depends on how actively a person does sports and how well the microcirculation is developed.
The degree of sweating is very interesting and determined with the help of an iodine test: the cosmetologist dryly wipes a certain area, for example, underarms, apply iodine, and after that sprinkles with starch. In those places that have strongly blackened, there is the highest concentration of sweat glands.
While injecting botulin toxin into one area, for example, underarms, the cosmetologist should warn the patient that sweat may start to exude from another area, for example back. But this will happen only in conditions that are extreme for the organism: high temperature outdoor, active sports, etc. In other cases, this is shall not be noticeable. But keep in mind, botulin toxin can not be injected in all places at the same time: sweating is necessary for controlling body temperature.
To eliminate contradictions
Sometimes we can experience a different kind of criticism on Botox injections regarding the particular unsatisfactory outcome. It may occur for two main reasons.
Firstly, it could be low-quality or incorrect Botox agents for the specific body area. Usually, it is the second issue, but we guarantee, that Filler Supplies Team continually monitors our products whether they meet the highest quality standards. The same is with shipping – it must fulfill all requirements of specific transportation (e.g. temperature). We are always ready to assist and organize quick and optimal worldwide shipments.
Secondly, the procedure could be performed by an incompetent person, who has no idea about anatomy. We are happy to share additional information about Botox, Botulin, Fillers, and other preparations, but you need to make a fruitful consultation (with the examination conducting) with the relevant cosmetology expert.