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Botox

Forehead lines before Botox
Forehead lines disappears after Botox
Frown lines before Botox
Frown lines disappears after Botox
Crow's feet before Botox
Crow's feet disappears after Botox

What is BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is the brand name of Botulinum toxin A, which is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles to reverse the signs of ageing. It is a nonsurgical solution which is opted by people between the ages of 18-65 as a temporary solution to fine lines and wrinkles.

 

How does it work?

It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. BOTOX® relaxes the tiny facial muscles that cause expression lines, leaving your skin smooth and unwrinkled.  BOTOX® also prevents new creases from forming.

 

What are the uses of BOTOX®?

The following are few of the indications of using botox for cosmetic purposes:

- Frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines).

- Wrinkles at the side of the eyes (Crow's feet).

- Slimming of the jaw line.

- Rejuvenation of ageing neck.

- Hyperhydrosis (Excessive sweating).

- Gummy Smile.

- Elevation of the brow.

- Elevation of the angles of the mouth.

- Elevation of the tip of the nose.

- Reduction of pore size and radiance of face.

 

New indications are being discovered all the time regarding the use of Botox. Please talk to your dermatologist for more information.

 

What are the contraindications for Botox?

Any one with the following conditions must avoid taking botox injections. Please give the details to your dermatologist before going for the treatment.

- Neuromuscular Disorders.

- Pregnancy and lactation.

- Allergy to Botox.

- Active infection at the site(e.g. Herpes infection).

 

PLEASE GIVE DETAILED INFORMATION OF ALL THE MEDICINES YOU HAVE BEEN TAKING TO THE DERMATOLOGIST.

 

The final decision of injecting you will be taken by your dermatologist.

 

What to expect during the procedure and how much time it will take?

Getting Botox takes only a few minutes, truly a lunchtime procedure and no anaesthesia is required.

Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes ten to fifteen days to take full effect.

 

When will I see the result of the procedure?

In three to five days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate-to severe lines. Lines continue to improve for up to fifteen days, and results can last for up to 6 months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to re-appear and wrinkles need to be re-treated. Results may vary depending upon the individual and the indication. Your dermatologist will talk in detail with you before the procedure.

 

Are Botox injections painful?

The pain can be compared to the pain experienced due to waxing or threading. The pain threshold is a very individual thing. Doctor may suggest ice cubes or local anaesthesia according to the comfort of the patient.

 

What can be the side effects of this procedure?

BOTOX® is approved by US-FDA for cosmetic use. Temporary bruising is the most common side effect of Botox. Headaches, which resolve in 24-48 hours, can occur, but this is rare. A small percentage of patients may develop eyelid drooping. This usually resolves in few weeks which usually happens when the aftercare measures are not followed.

 

Is there any post procedure care I need to take?

The following are the post procedure care you must take:

-You may continue with your regular activities, immediately post procedure.

-It is advisable to actively make facial expressions involving the injected muscles post the procedure, i.e. smile/frown/raise the eyebrows actively, for the first four hours after the injection.

-Please do not lie down for 4 hours after the procedure. You can sit or recline up to 45 degrees.

-Please avoid activities that require strenuous bending down (e.g.: lifting heavy weights, swimming, heavy work out/exercises) for one day post procedure.

-Washing of face and application of skin care products can be done gently 12 hours after the procedure.

-Please avoid steam/sauna for 48 hours after the procedure.

-Any beauty parlor services like facials or massages can be taken 2 weeks after the procedure.

- Makeup: It is recommended that you wait 12 hours after the treatment before applying make-up.

 

Will my Wrinkles get worst once the effect of Botox will wean off?

The effects from Botox will last for four to six months. For these four to six months your muscles are relaxed and we are thus delaying the worsening of wrinkles. If we repeat the injection after six months we are further delaying the worsening of wrinkles. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are being trained to relax.

 

When I opt for Botox, will I require any other procedures?

Different cosmetic procedures work on different indications for improving the aging skin. E.g. BOTOX takes care of wrinkles but does not have any effect on uneven skin tone whereas chemical peel works well for uneven skin tone. For better results we can combine different therapies for better results. The solutions are different for every individual. Your dermatologist will suggest you the procedures that will be best suited for you.

Can anyone give Botox?

No. It is a prescription medicine and should only be given by a registered doctor who is trained to give it.

 

Are there any long term side effects of Botox?

Botox is US FDA approved for more than 21 indications in more than 80 countries. It is clinically used for last 30 years. No long term side effects are seen with the product.

 

Will Botox effect other areas of the body?

It will only act on the local site of the injection and no harm is caused to any distant part of the body due to the procedure.

 

Will it affect my facial expressions?

When Botox is done by a trained professional who understands the dosage for different indications, there is no need to worry about the expressions of the face. It is most important to get it done by a trained and certified professional.

 

Botox injections can be an option for men as well?

Absolutely. The procedure has nothing to do with gender. In fact more and more men are opting for the procedure.

 

Will it be compulsory for me to do the procedure regularly once I do it?

It is advisable to go for the re-injections every 6 months or so according to the individual requirement. But there is no compulsion for it.

 

Why there is a consent form and pre & post procedure photographs?

It is compulsory to sign an informed consent form which confirms that you were well informed about the procedure prior. Pre and post procedure photos will provide you and your doctor with the documentation which will help u recognize the benefits you received from the procedure. And it is for the convenience of both the parties.