As we age our skin naturally loses subcutaneous fat, causing facial muscles to work closer to the skin’s surface, resulting in crow’s feet and smile lines to be significantly more apparent. Other external environment factors also have an effect on the skin such as sun exposure, and loss of facial volume leading to the stretching of the skin.
Dermal fillers are mostly comprised of hyaluronic acid and are used to aid in the diminishing of facial lines and works to restore facial volume and fullness. Furthermore, dermal fillers are used to plump lips, enhance shallow contours, and improve the appearance of recessed scars.
Botox is a synthesized formula extracted mostly from the bacterial toxin botulin. It has the capacity to successfully treat certain muscular conditions. But its most famous use has been in cosmetics where it removes wrinkles through a temporary paralysis of facial muscles. Carefully purified and when used responsibly by a professional, there is no risk of botulism with treatment.
The solution is currently the most popular and affordable way to manage wrinkles, especially Crow’s Feet and lines around the nose and mouth. It is most effective with wrinkles that can only be seen during facial movement. The formula can be a preventive measure for managing wrinkles. It has also been recognized as a treatment for excessive sweating and migraines.
The solution was originally engineered to treat spasms, as it had the ability to freeze muscles without harm. Once it was determined the solution was safe for use in managing wrinkles and other ailments, it quickly became a popular treatment, growing more affordable as its manufacture became more common.
What is the Procedure?
Treatments can take minutes with no other application, such as anesthesia. The medication is applied with a fine needle into specific muscles. It is advised patients not drink alcohol for at least a week prior to treatment. Anti-inflammatory medications and aspirin should be avoided 14 days before treatment in order to minimize bruising.
The positive effects of the treatment can take between three to seven days to show full fruition.
Impact of Botox
Patients have claimed there is only mild discomfort. The only widespread and unwanted result patients encounter after treatment is bruising. This discoloration can take up to two weeks to heal itself, depending on the severity.
The second most common ill effect is bleeding. This is naturally an unsettling condition. The propensity for bleeding will differ based on genetics, if the patient is using blood thinners or if there are certain foods or supplements in the blood, such as garlic, ginko, ginger or licorice. Bleeding can result from techniques administered by the clinician.
Another potential result are lumps or swelling. This is usually a direct result of the bleeding. These lumps can be large and take up to two weeks or longer to repair themselves. Many use makeup to cover the bruising. Some doctors may recommend using lasers to speed up the healing process. Some damage can be managed with a warm compress.
If your doctor has not talked with you about bruising, swelling and lumps – and they should have – contact them immediately at the first sign after a session.
There are other side effects which affect small percentages of patients compared to bruising, swelling and bleeding. These include droopy eyelids, muscle weakness in treated areas, indigestion, heartburn, headaches, tooth problems, nausea, flu and respiratory symptoms, hypertension and facial pain. While there is no guarantee a Botox patient will see these conditions, you increase safety factors by using a professional.
Are Botox Injections Safe?
Botox used for cosmetic purposes is viewed as an extremely safe, minimally invasive way to treat wrinkles. This is based on the assumption consumers are being treated by a licensed, board certified professional, either a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. There are also nurses well-trained in this solution. In 2011, a study found that of 6,200 treatments, there were only two reports of negative side effects (eyelid drooping and bruising).
Unfortunately, many consumers looking for affordable options turn to untrained hands for treatment. Though regulated, Botox has become such a common substance to obtain consumers are getting their shots in unlikely places like malls, salons and spas. In some circles, there are house parties where attendees take turns getting shots. In many cases, the procedure is performed by someone with no official training or certification. If there is a doctor, it is likely not a reputable one. A reputable doctor understands the procedure has to be conducted in a clinic or medical office.
Under less than trained hands and in uncertain environments, you are risking your health. Never get treatments under less than ideal circumstances. Research any person or practice that claims to know procedures and protocols for treatment. You should research Botox beyond this article. Your homework is the only way to ensure a safe and proper treatment. Any qualified administrator will discuss both the good and bad of Botox. In fact, they should provide documentation about any potential risk, regardless of how minute. You also never want to assume cheaper is better.
Like any medical procedure, Botox treatments have both its advantages and disadvantages. They are a great way to retain a youthful appearance and for dealing with other conditions. There are risks, but you minimize them if treatments are administered by a trained professional.
If you feel you may be a good candidate for Botox injection therapy contact us right away for a consultation. It is also important to check insurance information. Some insurance companies do not cover this new technology, but it is considered on a case-by-case basis.