Wrinkles and fine lines are a common sign of aging. We also know that it is inevitable, but is it irreversible? Well, science has made enough progress to make you look your twenties into your forties. As the title suggests, Health Shots reveals the bright and dark side of the Botox treatment.
To understand the performance and safety of Botox, Health Shots spoke to Dr. Parag Telang, a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, who practices in the UAE and India.
Botox is a drug that weakens or relaxes muscles. In small doses, it can reduce wrinkles and fine lines and help treat some other medical conditions. Botox is a protein made from botulinum toxin. They work by blocking the nerves that contract muscles and smoothing the appearance of wrinkles. It is a safe and effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. It can also be used on the forehead and between the eyes,” says Dr.
What are the uses of Botox treatment?
- Botox is considered toxic, but when used correctly and in small doses, it can have many benefits. It has cosmetic and medicinal uses. These injections can reduce the appearance of signs of aging.
- Botox injections are injected into a muscle, where it blocks nerve impulses to those tissues. The muscle activity that causes frown lines decreases, and makes you look younger.
- Without a muscle contracting underneath, the skin has a hard time wrinkling. Botox can also help smooth out facial lines, but it doesn’t always get rid of them.
- To relax muscles temporarily, which may benefit people with various muscle or nerve disorders. Botox is used to control muscle spasms, heavy underarm sweating, and cosmetic improvement as well.
How does Botox work in reducing wrinkles and fine lines?
- Botox targets the nerve that supplies the muscles, disrupting the nerve signaling processes that stimulate muscle contraction and causing temporary muscle paralysis.
- In order for a muscle to contract, nerves release a chemical messenger called acetylcholine at the junction where nerve endings meet muscle cells. Acetylcholine binds to receptors in muscle cells and causes the cells to contract or shorten.
- Botox injections block the release of acetylcholine, which stops muscle cells from contracting. Botulinum toxin treatment helps the muscles to become less stiff. Botox Cosmetic works by temporarily blocking nerve signals and muscle contractions,” says Dr. Tilang, who is licensed DHA and HAAD in plastic surgery.
- This improves the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and between the eyebrows. It can also slow the formation of new fine lines by preventing the contraction of facial muscles.
It is a minimally invasive procedure. It does not involve incisions or general anesthesia. To reduce pain or discomfort, a local anesthetic or ice is used to numb the treatment area.
What are the side effects of Botox?
“Botox treatment is the most effective treatment for wrinkles. But it has some side effects as well.” Dr. Telang says.
Its side effects include pain at the injection site, infection, inflammation, swelling, redness, bleeding and bruising. Some of these symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction such as itching, wheezing, asthma, rash, red blisters, dizziness, and fainting. It is possible for Botox to spread slightly outside the intended injection site and affect the surrounding tissues.
“Dry mouth, fatigue, headache, neck pain, bruising, pain at the injection site and, in rare cases, drooping eyelids or eyebrows that return to normal within a few months. One should always do so from a certified doctor to avoid any ordeals.” suggests Dr. Tilang, Director of Designer Bodies Centre, Mumbai.
Precautions to be taken before and after Botox treatment:
- Aftercare for Botox treatment also includes some precautions. Before getting Botox, avoid alcohol for 24 hours because it can increase the risk of bruising.
- To avoid the spread of poison, do not touch the face for at least 1-3 days. Avoid any type of professional massage on the treated areas.
- Botox needs some time to settle into the muscles. For the first 24 hours, avoid other skin treatments such as facials, massages, dermal fillers, scrubs, and exfoliators. As these treatments can reduce the effectiveness of Botox treatment.
- Avoid sleeping on the injected areas. This will reduce the physical stress and allow the Botox to settle into your muscles. Also, avoid sleeping within 4 hours after treatment.
- Avoid exposure to the sun for at least 4 hours. Heat can promote redness and increase blood pressure, which may stimulate bruising.