Botox Injections in Lahore Pakistan
Botox Cosmetic has been available by prescription in the United States since the FDA approved it in 2002. The exact same Botox injected for medical purposes (such as uncontrolled muscle spasms) was first approved by the FDA in 1989.
In 2017, botulinum toxin was the top nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the U.S., with 1,548,236 injections (of Botox, Dysport and Xeomin) performed by physicians and their physician assistants and nurse injectors.
Botox is used for three main purposes: muscle spasm control, severe underarm sweating and cosmetic improvement.
Are you a good candidate for Botox
In the United States, the FDA has approved Botox Cosmetic for people aged 18 to 65. But you shouldn’t use it if you:
- Are allergic to any ingredients in Botox or Botox Cosmetic
- Are allergic to another botulinum toxin brand (such as Myobloc, Xeomin or Dysport) or had any side effect from these products in the past
- Have a skin infection or other condition in the injection area
- Have ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome or another disease that affects your muscles or nerves
- Have breathing problems, such as asthma
- Have difficulty swallowing
- Have bleeding issues
- Plan to undergo surgery
- Have had facial surgery
- Have weakness in your forehead muscles
- Have drooping eyelids
- Are taking or have recently taken certain medications, vitamins or supplements (see below)
How often should you get Botox injections?
You’re probably wondering how long Botox lasts. Most people see effects for three to four months, but several factors may shorten or lengthen that period:
- Your age. Older people with less muscle tone may see results diminish sooner than those with younger, firmer facial muscles.
- Your facial structure and expressions.
- Whether you smoke.
- Your diet.
- Whether you take good care of your skin; use facials, microdermabrasion or other resurfacing methods.
- How much sun you get and how much sun damage your skin already has.
- Whether you use Botox repeatedly or not. However, this seems to differ from one person to another. Some obtain a longer-lasting effect with repeated use, while others seem to develop a resistance to the drug and need more frequent treatments.
Cost of Botox varies depending on the origin of the product, Chinese variants cost around 8,000 PKR for full face, Korean variants cost 15000 PKR for full face and Botox by Allergan USA cost around 25,000 PKR for full face botox.
The complete cost may vary by the area and number of units to be used on the patient.
What Happens After the Botox Procedure?
Right after the injections:
- Lay upright or semiupright on the exam table for about two to five minutes
- Avoid lying down for two to four hours once you leave the clinic.
- Avoid taking aspirin or other NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) for seven days.
Next three to 10 days:
- You will start seeing tightening of skin wrinkles and gradual disappearance.
After 10 days:
- Now you can get additional procedures, such as the use of filler substances (for example, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Sculptra, or Radiesse) in order to plump up the wrinkles that are now relaxed.
- Additionally, it may be necessary to have two or three sessions of Botox treatment for deeper wrinkles before results become optimal.
- The area of the crease between the eyes is a particularly ideal area for Botox use in conjunction with filler as these fixed wrinkles don’t always respond optimally to Botox alone.
Other Forms of Botulinum Toxins
Introduced in 2009, Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA, Medicis) is a competitor to Botox. This product is similar but not the same product as Botox. Additionally, it has different units of measurement, wherein 20 units of Botox would correlate to 50 or 60 units of Dysport.
Studies have shown a possible longer duration of Dysport than Botox and a quicker time of onset for it as well. So far, however, no head-to-head trials have been conducted.
The FDA approved Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA) in 2011 and it’s roughly the same units as Botox according to their preparation guide. As with all toxins, there are clearly differences from one to another, so it is wise to assume that this may be variable from individual to individual and judge accordingly.