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What is Botox?
Botox is the brand name for the medicinal type of botulinum toxin type A. Botox is an injectible aesthetic and medical treatment that acts as a muscle relaxant – Botox blocks signals from nerves, resulting in muscle paralysis in the targeted areas.
What are Botox injections used for?
The most common use of Botox is to treat facial wrinkles.
Botox also treats underarm sweating, cervical dystonia, blepharospasm, strabismus, chronic migraine and sometimes back pain, bladder and pelvic floor dysfunction.
How are Botox injections carried out?
Who is not a suitable candidate for Botox?
- The injection site is cleaned and sometimes a topical anesthetic is applied.
- The doctor uses a thin needle and injects Botox into the muscle where required.
- For facial wrinkles, the doctor typically injects four or five times on either side of the forehead and two or three times into the area around each eye.
Botox shouldn’t be injected to pregnant or breast-feeding women.
How long will the effect the Botox injections last?
Botox is not permanent and the effects last around 3 to 6 months.
Duration of procedure/surgery : The Botox injections procedure takes around 10 to 15 minutes to carry out.
Number of sessions required : Sometimes patients need 2 or 3 sessions of Botox injections to treat deep wrinkles. To maintain the results from you need injections every 2 or 3 months.
Days admitted : None.
Anesthesia : None. The doctor or nurse will sometimes give medicine to numb the injection site.
Recovery : You can resume your normal activities immediately following Botox.
You should avoid lying down or looking down for 2 to 4 hours following the Botox procedure.
Results are noticed in 3 to 10 days.
Risks : - Temporarily drooping eyelids.
- Pain at the site of the injection.
- Flu-like symptoms.
- Upset stomach.
- Muscle weakness.
- Eye pain.
- Allergic reaction.
After care : - Take painkillers to ease any discomfort.
- Don’t rub or massage the treated areas.
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