Botox is an injectable drug that safely and effectively reduces facial lines and wrinkles. Injections of Botox and similar medications have become the most-performed nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the U.S.A. and Pakistan alike.
Botox derives from C. botulinum bacteria, which are present in many natural settings, including soil, lakes, forests, and the intestinal tracts of mammals and fish.
Naturally occurring C. botulinum bacteria and spores are generally harmless. Problems only arise when the spores transform and the cell population increases. At a certain point, the bacteria begin producing Botulinum toxin, the deadly neurotoxin responsible for botulism.
Botulinum toxin is extremely dangerous. Some scientists have estimated that 1 gram of a crystalline form of the toxin could kill 1 million people and that a couple of kilograms could kill every human on the planet.
However, when Botox is appropriately used in a therapeutic context, it is safe and has few side effects, the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology report.
Manufacturers make Botox injections with very small doses of Botulinum toxin. The drug can temporarily paralyze muscles, which can benefit people with various muscle or nerve disorders.
Commercial preparations of Botulinum toxin include:
- onabotulinumtoxin A (Botox)
- abobotulinumtoxin A (Dysport)
- incobotulinumtoxin A (Xeomin)
- rimabotulinumtoxin B (Myobloc)
- prabotulinumtoxin A (Jeuveau)
The primary use of Botox is reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles.
According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, Botox injections are the most popular cosmetic procedure nationwide. In 2016, over 7 million people had Botox treatments.
The effects are temporary, lasting 3–12 months, depending on the type of treatment.
People often request the injections in the following areas of the face:
- wrinkles between the eyebrows, called frown lines, glabellar lines, or elevens
- wrinkles around the eyes, known as crow’s feet
- horizontal creases in the forehead
- lines at the corners of the mouth
- “cobblestone” skin on the chin
HOW DOES BOTOX WORK?
Botox temporarily blocks nerve signals to the muscles beneath your skin. The resulting facial relaxation smooths your face and reduces wrinkles by preventing targeted muscle contractions. Medically known as a neuromodulator, Botox is a safely modified form of botulism toxin.
BENEFITS OF BOTOX
- Minimally invasive
- Requires no downtime
- Brief treatment sessions
- Works particularly well in treating deep lines and wrinkles
- Can be combined with other procedures such as dermal fillers
- Much more affordable than a facelift or other surgical procedures
DOES BOTOX HAVE OTHER USES?
Yes. Botox is also often used to treat:
- Lazy eye
- Eye twitching
- Neck and back spasms
- Other uncontrolled muscle contractions
- Chronic migraine
- Overactive bladder
- Excessive sweating, particularly underarm perspiration
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR BOTOX?
For the most part, you are a good candidate if you desire wrinkle reduction or the elimination of facial wrinkles.
However, you may be disqualified if you have:
- A breathing disorder
- A bleeding disorder
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Any type of active infection
Doctors may recommend against Botox treatments if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Patients who have more advanced wrinkling or lack skin elasticity might be better suited for a facial sculpting procedure such as brow lift or face lift to achieve the improvements they desire. We will thoroughly explain all of your available options and help you choose the procedure that is best suited to your cosmetic goals.
PREPARING FOR YOUR BOTOX TREATMENT
Before you can be cleared for Botox injections, you will need to provide your full medical history. Disclose any previous Botox treatments.
You will be directed to stop use of any supplement or medication—such as aspirin—that may promote bleeding.
YOUR BOTOX INJECTION PROCEDURE
We inject Botox into specific facial muscles, often close to the targeted wrinkles, using a fine needle. There is minimal pain that many patients describe as a pinprick or bug bite sensation. Improvements usually last between 3 to 6 months, and can often be maintained with periodic touch up treatments.
Multiple areas can be injected in a single session. The entire treatment rarely takes longer than ten minutes.
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Do you give 100% guarantee?
No doctor can give 100% guarantee that the treatment or surgery would be beneficial for the patient. For that matter, no guarantee is given by any doctor or surgeon that the patient would be "cured".
Anyone considering a cosmetic procedure should ensure they are informed enough to understand the limitations and risks of any procedure. Remember, no procedure is 100% risk free and no surgeon can give a 100% guarantee of the results.
The only assurance which a doctor can give or can be understood to have given by implication is that he is possessed of the requisite skill in that branch of profession which he is practicing and while undertaking the performance of the task entrusted to him he would be exercising his skill with reasonable competence.
Unless the circumstances are exceptional, it is advisable to avoid surgery if you have recently experienced major life events such as moving house, changing job, losing a loved one, the break-up of a relationship or the arrival of children. Undergoing cosmetic surgery results in emotional changes as well as physical ones, so it’s wise to choose a time when there aren’t other stressful events going on in your life.
How many sessions do I require?
The healthier your skin/hair are when starting out, the easier it will take the treatment. The sessions must be spaced to allow adequate healing in between. Skin/Hair that are healthy enough to regenerate fairly quickly will be able to endure more sessions of a treatment in a shorter period of time.
While these aren’t the only factors involved, they are the most common. Don’t be surprised, however, if your doctor mentions another situation that could impact the length and/or number of sessions you may require. Every person is different, and your circumstances will be unique only to YOU.