Because botulinum rejuvenation is such a mouthful to say, most people just call it Botox. However, not all botulinum rejuvenation is Botox. There is quite a lot that you must have heard about botox out of Bollywood gossip magazines for sure. Botox is a trademarked name for one brand of the substance used to perform this procedure. There are a variety of products that all use the botulinum toxin to rid the face of various lines and wrinkles. This toxin is derived from botulism. All they require that the product be injected into the area to get the desired results.
The botulinum toxin is not a skin filler.
Unlike many collagen or collagen type products, a Botox treatment does not use the material to inflate the skin to remove lines and wrinkles. After a Botox treatment, the skin is not fuller than before the treatment. Where skin fillers fill in the lines or wrinkles to make them seem to vanish, Botox relaxes the muscle tissue beneath the skin. This causes the lines and wrinkles to soften and often go away as long as the botulinum toxin continues to work until the muscles once again start to work.
Often Botox treatment is one component of treatment to give a more youthful appearance.
Skin fillers are used to treat many of the signs of aging on the face. Botox is then injected into more prominent features that need more than most skin fillers can offer. The lines that many people develop in the brow area between the eyes is one good example. Creases crossing the forehead are also candidates for injection with botulinum toxin. The toxin actually acts as a blocker to stop nerve impulses from reaching the muscles in the treated areas. Each injection only takes seconds and is relatively painless.
You should refrain from rubbing the area treated with Botox for several hours.
The botulinum toxin needs to be undisturbed for a while to give it time to do its work. Massaging and rubbing the area can cause the toxin to be pushed away from the targeted muscles and nerves. Except for this, you can go about your daily routine immediately after receiving Botox injections.
Do not expect to walk out of the doctor’s office looking 10 years younger.
It can take several days for the treatment to become fully functional. You will want to allow about a week to see the complete results. You should begin to notice slight improvements each day after the procedure until it has peaked. The deep lines will soften and gradually fade. Most of them will completely disappear.
Botox results are not permanent.
You can expect to need to repeat the treatments about every 3 to 6 months if you want the results to remain. The toxin injected into the sight does not harm you because the amount is so slight. It will be absorbed and need to be replaced.
You may have some mild side effects that will go away.
Some people have slight headaches and possible redness. You may have a droopy area of skin on your face near the injection site or some mild bruising. All of this should leave within a week or two and leave you with the look that you wanted.
Some medicines can affect your results.
It is a good idea anytime that you are having surgery or some type of substance injected into your body to share all of your current medical histories with your doctor. You need to inform the doctor about any medicines that you are taking. This should include over the counter medicines and alcohol.