What is Botox injection?
Botox is an injectable drug that destroys skin lines by paralyzing muscles. It is made from botulinum toxin type A, which temporarily paralyzes muscles. The main cause of moving facial wrinkles is muscle movement; so if we paralyze them, the facial lines will also disappear.
Botox injection is one of the minimally invasive methods of skin rejuvenation and it is the most widely used as a safe and effective way to remove fine lines as well as wrinkles around the eyes. You can also use Botox injections to remove lines from other parts of the face, such as the frown line or horizontal lines on the forehead.
Is Botox injection safe?
Do not be scared! Botulinum used in Botox does not pose the dangers of the main toxin produced by the bacteria. In addition, this toxin is deadly when it enters our bloodstream. In therapeutic uses of Botox, this toxin is used only topically.
According to the FDA and the Ministry of Health of Iran and almost all regulatory agencies for treatment and health, Botox injections for therapeutic uses or skin rejuvenation are known to be safe and secure.
In the United States, from 1989 to 2003, only 36 people experienced severe side effects after Botox injections. Thirteen of these people had complications due to underlying problems and the problems were not related to Botox injections.
According to studies, only 3% of adults who receive Botox injections experience severe side effects. In many of these cases, the cause of the side effects is the injection of medication by non-doctors or the use of inappropriate substances.
The dose of Botox used for skin lines is very low and safe. Higher doses are used in Botox therapeutic applications; Therefore, side effects are more likely to occur.
Warning: Do not use Botox in a hairdresser’s salon!
Be sure to go to reputable medical centers for Botox injections. According to the Ministry of Health, the use of this drug is allowed only by specialized and trained doctors and should be done in medical centers such as clinics, hospitals and dispensaries. Botox injections in non-medical centers such as hairdressers and by non-doctors can have bad consequences for you.
There are three reasons for this:
* ¥ Non-standard and unlicensed Botox are usually used in these centers, because Botox can only be obtained by doctors or with a doctor’s prescription, non-doctors are forced to use smuggled Botox. Smuggled drugs can cause side effects such as acute allergic reactions.
* ¥ Side effects such as drooping eyelids, asymmetry or the formation of double vision are more likely to occur if Botox is injected in non-medical centers. In addition, if you experience acute complications, non-doctors will not be able to treat and resolve potential problems.
* • You should also be careful about choosing a Botox injection treatment center. Botox injections by inexperienced doctors or doctors who have not been trained to do so can be dangerous or may not produce the desired results.
What is Botox used for?
Botox is more commonly known as an injectable product for the treatment of wrinkles and facial lines. In general, Botox applications can be divided into two categories: cosmetic and medical.
Treatment of wrinkles on both sides of the eyes, known as crow’s feet wrinkles;
• Blurring the frown line (between the eyebrows);
• Eliminate horizontal forehead lines;
• Eliminate neck wrinkles;
• Raise the corners of the lips;
• Raise the tip of the nose;
What are the side effects of Botox injection?
The main complications of this rejuvenation method include headache, pain and cold-like symptoms. In rare cases, droopy eyebrows or eyelids may be seen. One of the most important things a doctor should check before injecting Botox is the possibility of eyelid drooping, which is seen in 5% of people. If the injection is done by an experienced and professional doctor, complications will be very rare. The side effects mentioned in this paragraph are rare and go away over the time.
In very rare cases, Botox can be spread throughout the body. Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms from a few hours to a few weeks after Botox:
* ¥ Muscle weakness
* ¥ Vision problems
* • Difficulty with speech or swallowing
* ¥ Respiratory problems
* ¥ Loss of urinary control
Who should not get Botox?
Botox injections are not recommended for the following people:
• Pregnant and lactating women
• People with neurological or muscular diseases
• Active infection or herpes at the injection site
• People who take blood thinners or anticoagulants should talk to their doctor about taking these medicines.
If the wrinkles are very deep, Botox may not have much effect. In this case, you should seek the opinion of a specialist doctor.
Frequently asked questions about Botox injections
How long does a Botox shot last?
In general, the effects of Botox to rejuvenate the skin are stable for 4 to 6 months after injection. The most effective factors on the persistence of Botox effects are the treated area and the amount of Botox which injected. In addition, other factors affect the stability of the effects, including:
* ¥ your age
* ¥ The degree of elasticity or flexibility of your skin
* ¥ The Depth of wrinkles or skin lines
For example, if you use Botox to treat very deep wrinkles, you are more likely to not have these lines completely disappear and also to lose the effects of Botox injection faster.
Does regular Botox injections increase the longevity of the results?
With each Botox injection, the effects may last longer. Botox causes muscle paralysis; So you cannot use them for 4 to 6 months. If a muscle is not used in the body, it will eventually weaken and shrink, as a result, injection extension intervals may become longer over the time.
How often can you get Botox?
You should consult your doctor about this issue. Botox injections at intervals of less than three months are generally not recommended, because in this case, your body may become resistant to botulinum toxin and no longer respond to the treatment.
How long does Botox take to work?
It typically takes about 3 to 10 days for noticeable results after injection.