Youthful, supple-looking skin has become more desirable amongst people who are concerned about the appearance of their skin. Injectables have become more popular with various non-invasive treatments becoming more easily available. You could have a small procedure done during your lunch break and be fully recovered by the time you need to go home from work on the very same day. All that you need is to do a bit of research on the procedure, locate a botox clinic with a doctor that is qualified to perform that particular procedure and then find out if it is something that works for your skin and your health.
What is in Botox?
Botulinum toxin type A or Botox is a drug used for muscle paralysis both as a cosmetic procedure and to assist with recovery during injuries. Popular aesthetic clinics use it for the removal of fine lines and wrinkles and to control severe sweating and dentists have used it to relax the muscles in the jaw of patients who grind their teeth or have locked jaws because of stress, but what is in it?
Clostridium Botulinum is a bacterium that causes paralysis within the neuromuscular junction. It prevents acetylcholine from being released within the muscles causing temporary paralysis in the area where it was injected. This is the main compound used in Botox. There are also a few other functions for using botox in the facial area that doesn’t really involve removing any wrinkles, but can still help the patient to receive a more aesthetically pleasing look.
Fine lines VS Botox
Our skin loses collagen as we get older and reproduction slows down dramatically after the age of 25. Young children up until the age of 7 produce collagen daily, teens start to show less production after they hit puberty and start their menstruation cycle and women start to lose their productive ability from their early 20s. After menopause, even less collagen is produced leaving deeper lines to form around the eyes, nose, mouth and forehead. In some cases and depending on the amount of UV ray exposure, those lines can also become prevalent along the neck and bust. Topical treatments can be used to try and slow down the ageing process of wrinkle-prone areas on the face, but they are only able to mimic the effects of Botox and not produce the same result. Hyaluronic acid is the closest topical treatment that can be applied to the skin to act as a filler for fine lines or areas of the face that have lost their volume because of ageing or dramatic weight loss, but unless the product is a medical-grade prescription from a Dermatologist it will take a much longer time for you to see results where you can start seeing the results of Botox after 7 to 10 days.
Botox is measured in units and is administered into the muscle via an injection into the skin. A numbing cream can be applied to highly sensitive patients, but in most cases, it is a really quick procedure and doesn’t need any numbing as there is little to no discomfort. Unlike a regular facial where the cost is standard according to the procedure, each area is treated with a certain amount of units so the treatment price could vary according to the amount of work that needs to be done per area. Injections are generally done close to the hairline to lift the forehead and brows, above the brow area to treat fine lines caused by frowning, along the temples to treat crow’s feet and around the nose and mouth to treat laugh lines. The unit amount could start from 10 up to 30 units for the forehead and lasts for 3-4 months on average. The earlier you start to have preventative treatments done the longer they can last, but you should still be cautious to have too much done too quickly. If Botox is done too excessively, it can cause the skin to become thin especially along the forehead and can eventually cause permanent muscle paralysis.
For women with thinner lips who are not ready to have fillers done just yet, Botox can be used to treat the lip area, giving it a lift to create a slightly fuller and more natural look. Injections are administered along the top lip with visible results in 10 days.
Sweat and bladder treatments
Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is a common occurrence in people. There is no specific body type that this can be linked to as both men and women of all sizes can suffer from this. The most affected areas are the hands, feet and underarms and in certain cases, the face can be treated as well. The sweat glands are blocked from producing excess sweat when the nerve endings are treated with Botox. Unlike with the face, the treatment can last up to a year and a half, but it’s not a permanent treatment so it will need to be repeated.
When treating a weak bladder, it used to stop incontinence. This is the last resort for anyone suffering from a neurological disease where the bladder has been affected and can not be treated with exercises to strengthen the walls of the bladder. There is a slight bit of discomfort when having the procedure done and there shouldn’t be any real pain but in rare cases, there might be some pain when urinating immediately after the procedure, blood in the urine, UTIs or bowel irritation. None of this is long term and will return back to the condition it was before the botox was used to treat the problem, but if any side effects remain for longer than stipulated, a doctor should be notified immediately.