What is Botox?
Botox is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows lines, facial wrinkles, severe spasms in the neck muscles, muscle stiffness in the upper limbs (elbows, wrists, fingers), and severe underarm sweating.
How is Botox Procedure Performed?
Getting Botox takes only a 10-15 minutes and no anesthesia is required. Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes 3 to 7 days to take full effect and it is best to avoid alcohol at least one week prior to treatment. Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications should be stopped two weeks before treatment as well in order to reduce bruising.
Since the procedure is non-surgical, no recovery time is needed. After Botox Cosmetic treatment, you can get back to work or other activities right away.
The facial muscles are simply relaxed, so lines and wrinkles disappear, and smiles remain. It often takes five to seven days. Some areas may take as long as two weeks. After the Botox takes effect, some of your lines will disappear completely and others should be minimized. Lines continue to improve for up to a month after Botox, and results can last for few months up to a year depending on the botox brand injections used.
Risks and Complications
The most common side effects are pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site after Botox. You could also have flu-like symptoms, headache, and upset stomach. Injections in the face may also cause temporary drooping eyelids within a few days after treatment.