Botox – What You Need to Know
Do you think you are getting older and starting to show the signs of old age?
Are you looking at the options to combat this? Botox may be the answer – but before you choose this as the way to go, you should know some interesting things about botox.
For instance, were you aware that Botox used to be a treatment for lazy eye and cervical dystonia? Yes, that’s right, this medication didn’t always just treat wrinkles. It has been used for over 50 years for other things besides relaxing frown lines.
When it comes to actually using Botox to get rid of the frown lines in your face, you might like to know that there are a lot of fallacies about this product. First, people say it can paralyze the muscles in your face if applied incorrectly. This is simply not true. What actually happens is that the physician injects enough to stop only some movement in the area of the injection without completely hindering movement. This will stop further frown lines from forming.
The application of Botox is not meant to help people hide emotions that usually will show easily on their faces. It simply is meant to stop them from frowning or making other facial gestures that have become habits over the years, causing lines to form in the aging skin of their face.
Just before Botox is applied, the physician will have the patient sit in a comfortable sitting position but leaning back comfortably. This procedure doesn’t take very long and is certain to improve the looks of the facial areas that once had strong lines in them. By smoothing the areas with lines the face looks younger. Compared to other facial plastic surgery procedures, this particular procedure is quite non-invasive.
After the procedure, the doctor will advise the patient to not massage the treated areas for 24 hours. Bruising is usually not a factor with Botox injections.
The results of Botox vary but most last 3-4 months. Subsequently, movement will steadily return to the area that was hindered, but because the patient has not been able to perform the routine movements of that part of their face, they don’t cause more damage once they can move again. If movement does become a problem by causing more creases, they can always go back in and have another treatment done.