An Overview of Botox Treatment Cosmetically and Medically

An Overview of Botox Treatment Cosmetically and Medically

Jun 01, 2021

Botox is a brand name of a neuromodulator that blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles made from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. It is administered intramuscularly or intradermally by an injection. The drug is used for cosmetic reasons to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles caused by facial expressions.

It causes the muscles in the injected area unable to contract, making wrinkles relax and soften. The drug was approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve frown lines between the eyebrows. Medically it has been approved to treat certain conditions related to the muscular and nervous systems.

Botox for Cosmetic Purposes

The muscles in our faces relax, causing fine lines and wrinkles to appear due to our facial expressions when we frown, smile, or squint. Age also factors in the appearance of facial wrinkles. Botox is injected into these muscles to paralyze them and prevent muscle contraction.

After the injection, the face will not form or deepen wrinkles. The skin becomes smooth and firm, giving you a younger look. Book a consultation with an anti-aging specialist who will assess the function of your facial muscles before treatment to ensure positive results.

Botox is injected in some areas of the face to improve wrinkles or fine lines temporarily. They are:

  • On the wrinkles between the eyebrows known as glabellar lines
  • The skin on the chin
  • The horizontal creases in the forehead
  • Wrinkles which form around the eyes known as crow’s feet
  • Lines at the corners of the mouth

Botox for Medical Uses

Botox is used to treat medical conditions that affect the neuromuscular system.

Some of these conditions are:

  • Strabismus or crossed eyes
  • Upper limb spasticity
  • Excess saliva or drooling
  • Hyperhidrosis or severe underarm sweating
  • Blepharospasm or eyelid spasms
  • Frequent Migraines that last for at least 4 hours
  • Cervical dystonia. It is a neurological movement disorder that affects the head causing neck pain.
  • Overactive bladder symptoms that cannot be helped by anticholinergic medications

Procedure for Cosmetic Botox Treatment

The first step is to make a consultation appointment with a certified specialist like Dr. Joelle Osias. The specialist will discuss with you your medical history, where you want the Botox injection, and perform a physical exam.

The function of the muscles on your face is assessed for the specialist to see exactly how the different muscle groups contract and pull the skin. This will enable the specialist to inject Botox, where the effects are maximized.

Before and after Botox pictures will be taken to help monitor progress. The specialist may start the treatment immediately after consultation or schedule an appointment later based on your medical history.

The specialist prepares the solution and refrigerates it before injecting it directly into the tissue. Tiny needles are used to inject the solution into the skin. The pricks are not painful, and the full effects occur three days after the injections, with the results lasting for up to 6 months, depending on the treatment.

The facial muscles will come to action gradually, and the fine lines and wrinkles will re-appear, although not as severe as before. The specialist will schedule appointments to help you maintain the results of the treatment.

Precautions to Take Before Botox Treatment

  1. Avoid alcohol a week before the procedure
  2. Do not take some medications two weeks before treatment to prevent bruising. For example, anticoagulants hinder blood from clotting and cause bruising on the treated area.
  3. Avoid multivitamins, fish oil, green tea, or cinnamon.
  4. Do not exercise immediately before.

Botox Treatment After-Care

  1. Do not exercise strenuously immediately after treatment.
  2. Wash your face carefully without scrubbing it or rubbing it.
  3. Do not use makeup immediately since you may rub the skin and disperse the solution from the area. This interferes with the results.
  4. Do not lie down on the injected areas as the toxin may spread and cause you to bruise. Sit up for 4 hours after treatment.
  5. Do not take alcohol.
  6. Avoid direct exposure to the sun for 24-48 hours.

The cost of Botox injections vary depending on;

  1. Whether it is for cosmetic or medical purposes
  2. The number of units used
  3. Where treatment takes place
  4. The specialist who provides treatment

As you search how to get the cheapest Botox treatment near you or for Botox specials near you, beware of getting a diluted dosage or a counterfeit product. Foreviva Medical Clinique guarantees your safety and best results at the best possible cost.

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