Botox Injections To Prevent Wrinkles

Before BOTOX Cosmetic came along, the only remedy for a furrowed brow or wrinkles was a brow lift or face lift. Now, a few small injections produce a younger, more well rested face.

BOTOX Cosmetic is a prescription cosmetic product that can eliminate or improve lines and wrinkles on the face caused by normal facial movement. The generic name is botulinum toxin type A, and it is one in a family of chemicals that can paralyze muscles.

How Botox Works

Botulinum toxins are made by the same bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, which causes the food poisoning known as botulism. There is another drug, Myobloc, which is botulinum toxin B. Myobloc is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating certain muscle problems, but only Botox is FDA approved for cosmetic use. However, Botox is officially approved for cosmetic use only in the area between the eyebrows and on the forehead. But, once a drug is approved by the FDA, physicians are allowed to use it elsewhere if they see fit.

Botox is used to improve the look of fine lines and superficial wrinkles caused from every day facial expressions like smiling, frowning, or squinting. A tiny injection of Botox into the muscle causing the line or wrinkle freezes that muscle and prevents the wrinkle or furrow from forming. Although Botox wears off in a matter of a few months for most people, for some, the effects last because the muscle has been trained not to move as much as it did.

When to Start on Botox Injections

Some people have Botox treatments at a relatively early age because they have a furrowed brow that gives then a worried or anxious appearance. Botox allows them to look more rested and relaxed, and even less angry.

Although there are stories about Botoxed celebrities who are unable to show any emotion because of the treatments, a good cosmetic physician can use Botox to make you look rejuvenated and refreshed, not stiff.

Botox is injected with a very fine needle into the muscle or muscles that are causing the wrinkle or furrow. Usually, it takes about 30 minutes or so to complete the whole treatment and some muscles may need several injections. You might feel a bit of stinging or pressure with each injection.

For a day after your treatment, you should try to move the treated muscles as little as possible. It can take between a few hours and a few days to see the results after your Botox injections. The effects of Botox wear off gradually.

How Safe Are Botox Injections?

Botox is very safe, but there are possible risks and complications. If too much is used or the injections are placed incorrectly, you could end up with the wrong muscles paralyzed or too many muscles paralyzed. The worst outcome is a drooping eyelid or eyebrow, double vision, an inability to move one or both eyes properly, or the inability to move other muscles in your face. Some people get a temporary headache after Botox injections and others develop a bruise at the injection site. Botox injections do not require an allergy test before they are administered.

How Often Botox Injections Are Needed?

Treatment with Botox can usually be repeated as often as you need it. If you are pregnant, you should not receive Botox. The effects of Botox may be increased if you take certain antibiotics or other drugs that interfere with neuromuscular chemicals. This means that injections that had worked well in the past might paralyze a greater area than intended. Be sure to disclose all pre-existing medical conditions and all medications you are currently to the physician before having any treatment with Botox.

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