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Wave good bye to wrinkles!

Botox has been a popular wrinkle eraser for over a decade now. However the treatment now ventures beyond treating wrinkles and aging. Here are some facta you need to consider before going under the needle.

Defining Botox

Botox is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions, and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles.

Signs you can benefit from Botox

There are five signs that you could identify if you can benefit from a Botox treatment.

1) You notice forehead furrows or frown lines.

2) You’re forming smile lines.

3) You’re an ex-smoker who has smoker’s lines.

4) You want to prevent wrinkles from forming.

5) Your wrinkles are mild to moderate.

Areas that demand Botox treatments

Botulinum toxin is predominantly used as a treatment to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth, eyes and forehead.

Treatment procedure

Botulinum toxin can be injected into humans in extremely small concentrations.

Lasting period

The effects from Botox will last three to six months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and need to be treated again.

Tips to prolong the aging process naturally

*Protect your skin from the sun every day

* If you smoke, stop.

* Avoid repetitive facial expressions.

*Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.

* Drink less alcohol.

* Follow a skin care regime

 

Side effects

Common side effects may include:

* Muscle weakness near where the medicine was injected.

* Trouble swallowing for several months after treatment.

* Muscle stiffness, neck pain, pain in your arms or legs.

* Blurred vision, puffy eyelids, dry eyes, drooping eyebrows.

* Dry mouth.

*Headache, tiredness.

*Increased sweating in areas other than the underarms.

* Bruising, bleeding, pain, redness, or swelling where the injection was given.

 

Differences between Botox, muscle relaxants and dermal fillers

Botox

It is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily preventing movement of the underlying muscle.” Traditionally, Botox is used to treat wrinkles that occur when you use your muscles to make a facial expression, usually on the upper face.

Fillers

Fillers are injectable substances that are used to fill lines and replace lost volume. Unlike Botox, which is best for lines that occur with muscle contraction, fillers are best for lines that are present even when muscles are not contracting.

Preparing oneself for the treatment

Once you have made the decision to have those Botox injections or wrinkle relaxers as they are known, you will need to see a doctor to ensure they are right for your problem. Sometimes dermal fillers are another option that may be beneficial, depending on where your wrinkles are and how deep they are.

Once the doctor has made sure Botox is the way to go, you have to tell him or her exactly what medications or supplements you are taking.

This is because some such products are blood thinners and may cause more bruising or even bleeding after the injections. To prevent this, the doctor will very likely tell you to stop taking them for two weeks before the injections are due.

Dos and don’ts

A few days before you have the injections you will also need to avoid consuming alcohol. If you go jogging or play a sport, don’t do it on the day of the injections as it will increase your circulation and this can cause bruising.

Once the doctor is ready to do the injections you will need to stay aware of what is being done and be ready to do anything the doctor tells you. He may need you to frown or smile so that he knows exactly where to place the injections for the best result.

Immediately after the administration, move your muscles at the injection sites. Moving these muscles by making silly faces can actually help evenly distribute the injection, thus making Botox last longer.

Wearing make up after the treatment

It is fine to put makeup or cream on immediately following a Botox injection, but do so gently without massaging or tugging at your skin as you do so. Do not massage the treated areas for at least 24 hours after your injections to avoid spreading the medication to unintended muscles in your face.

 

- Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana

 


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