What is Botox treatment?

Botox is a treatment done to relax the wrinkle causing muscles on the face and neck and helps in smoothening of dynamic wrinkles like frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet. It is a non-surgical procedure and the effects are temporary; lasting around 4-6 months. It is one of the most commonly done cosmetic treatments worldwide. Botox is also used therapeutically for conditions associated with muscle spasm like cerebral palsy, cervical dystonia and blepharospasm: it is also used to control excessive sweating in underarms, palms and soles.

Why do we need this treatment?

This treatment is a very effective anti-ageing tool; it relaxes the expression causing muscles and helps to give a youthful appearance.

What are the indications of botox treatment?
  • Frown lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • Eyebrow lift
  • Popply chin
  • Marionette lines
  • Gummy smile
  • Bunny lines on the nose
  • Masseter hypertrophy
  • Platysmal bands
  • Excessive sweating of armpits, palms or soles

Things to Know

Botox treatment can be done after 4-8 months of the first administration and again depending upon individual requirement. As every individual is different, their needs are different, too.

Botox can be done in the age group of 18yrs- 65yrs for the above-mentioned cosmetic indications. It can be done for both male and female patients.

This is a safe treatment when done by an experienced dermatologist with proper training for the procedure and under aseptic conditions.

Most commonly, a patient may experience slight pain on the injection site, redness, mild swelling or bruising. Less common and temporary side effects include a frozen face appearance, that is, lack of expressions and some degree of facial asymmetry. On rare occasions, a patient may have itching, wheezing, skin rash, dizziness, shortness of breath and faintness. In very rare cases, botox may spread beyond the intended site of action and cause weakness of muscles of eyes, speech, breathing, swallowing or bladder control.

The effects of treatment wear off in around 6 months, so the lines and wrinkles start showing again. So, one should continue the treatment for maintenance of effect.

Avoid intake of painkillers, vitamin E, gingko biloba, green tea one week ahead of procedure as these are blood thinners and increase the chances of bruising. After the procedure, do not bend or lie down for 4 hours post-injection, do not massage the area, avoid heavy exercise for 24 hours, avoid facials and massages for 2 weeks and radiofrequency treatments for 4 weeks. Follow all the instructions given by the doctor and inform if there is any allergic reaction after the treatment. It’s a lunch time procedure and one can resume activities immediately after the treatment.

According to our expert Dr Ruchi Aggarwal, MD, a renowned dermatologist with almost 2 decades of experience in the field of dermatology, this treatment is a magic treatment to look youthful for people in today’s world. She herself gets it done at an interval of every 6-8 months and she advises people to continue the treatment for maintenance of effects. She also says that as this is a non-surgical treatment, one must not worry and move ahead with this wonderful treatment.

This treatment can be combined with several other treatments like chemical peels, laser facial, dermal fillers and thread lift.
One must avoid make up soon after the treatment but you can use it next day onwards.
No, this treatment does not make your skin sensitive, but there may be slight redness, bruising or swelling soon after the treatment that usually subsides in 1-2 days.
There is hardly any down time for this treatment. However, we advise the patients to keep an interval of at least a week between the treatment and any important event they need to attend.
The botox injections may cause slight pain but this can be prevented by applying numbing cream at the sites of injection 35-40 minutes before treatment.
Botox treatment may take around 20 to 30 minutes.
The effects may start to show in 24 hours but usually 7-14 days are required for complete result.

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