Your skin changes with age. It becomes thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did.Years of suntanning or being out in the sunlight for a long time may lead to wrinkles, dryness, age spots, and even cancer. Most people try to prevent it with exercise, diet, sun protection and hydration. Adding Botox to this equation is becoming “the norm” in preventing premature aging, nowadays.
Botox is one of the most widely known brands of botulinum toxin injections. Botox Cosmetic is an injectable wrinkle muscle relaxer. It uses botulinum toxin type A, specifically OnabotulinumtoxinA, to temporarily paralyze muscle. This reduces the appearance of facial wrinkles to achieve skin that is clearer, smoother and younger-looking.
Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It’s the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism. Doctors use it in small doses to treat health problems and cosmetic problems.
Types of Botulinum toxin
Type A. Type A is mainly used for treating facial wrinkles. Type A products include onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox), abobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport), incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin), daxibotulinumtoxinA (Daxxify) and prabotulinumtoxinA (Jeuveau).
Type B. Type B is often the first choice for treating neck spasms. It’s sold as rimabotulinumtoxinB (Myobloc).
How does botox work?
Botox shots block certain chemical signals from nerves that cause muscles to contract. The most common use of these injections is to relax the facial muscles that cause frown lines and other facial wrinkles.
What cosmetic conditions can be treated with Botox?
Botox cosmetic injections are used to address signs of aging. This treatment can smooth fine lines and wrinkles in several areas of your face including:
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Vertical frown or Glabellar lines
- Fine lines at the outer corners of the eyes or Crow’s feet
- Horizontal and vertical wrinkles on the bridge of the nose or Bunny lines
- Drooping eyebrows (Eyebrow lift)
- Sagging skin on the neck and jawline (Nefertiti lift)
- Smile lines or nasolabial folds at the corners of the mouth (smokers’ lines)
- Platysmal (“turkey-neck”) bands
- Cobblestone skin on the chin
- Avoid blood thinners (aspirins, NSAIDs) –[[several days before to reduce the risk of bleeding or bruising
- Avoid drinking alcohol 24 hours before procedure as it makes you more prone to redness and bruising
What to expect during the procedure?
At urban skin and hair clinics, Botox is a customized treatment that our qualified dermatologists perform in a sterile environment adhering to strict protocols at par with global safety standards to minimize the risk of complications.
Following steps are taken:
- A facial assessment is done to analyze the changes in the skin due to aging, identify the concern areas and evaluate the severity of wrinkles and lines.
- Then they customize the treatment plan, identify the target muscles and decide the number of Botox units you need to achieve optimal results
- After applying topical anesthesia for an appropriate duration, our trained therapists clean the target area thoroughly.
- Your provider will use a thin needle to administer 3-5 injections of botulinum toxin type A to minimize pain
- Visible improvement is noticeable after 2-3 days of the procedure and the best results in up to ten days.
- Do not rub or massage the treated areas for 24 hours
- Avoid bending forward or lying down flat for the next 2-4 hours to prevent the toxin from spreading to an area where it isn’t needed
- Avoid physical exertion for 24 hours
- Avoid parlor services for a week
- Use prescribed creams containing alpha or beta hydroxy acids and retinol after 3 days
- Avoid facial massages for a month
- Do not use the swimming pool or sauna for the next 3 days
- Use sunscreen regularly and reapply every 3 hours
How often should you get Botox?
The effects of Botox last about three to four months. Retreatment is recommended at this time.
Botox injections are usually safe as procedures are done only by a licensed and skilled health care provider at urban skin and hair clinics. The procedure can result in unwanted results or harm if it’s given incorrectly:
- Pain, swelling, redness or bruising at the treatment site.
- Flu-like symptoms.
- Neck pain.
- Upset stomach (indigestion).
- Temporary drooping eyelids (ptosis).
- Eye irritation or redness.
Contraindications for botox
- Those who are pregnant, breastfeeding
- Those with Neuromuscular disease, Drooping eyelids (ptosis), Weak facial muscles
How long does it take for Botox to work?
After Botox treatment, desired effects will be noticed around the third or fourth day. Full results will be visible within 10 to 14 days.
How long does Botox last?
Within three to six months after Botox therapy, toxins wear off and muscles regain movement.
When to call the doctor after botox injections?
Call your doctor immediately, if you developed any of following:
- Vision problems, including blurred vision or drooping eyelids
- Signs of urinary tract infection, such as blood in your urine (hematuria)
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
- Trouble swallowing
- Slurred speech
- Numbness or paralysis in an untreated area
- Severe stomach upset
Can you get Botox while pregnant?
Botox injections aren’t likely to harm your baby. Still, most healthcare providers recommend waiting until after you’ve given birth to undergo treatment.
Can you get Botox while breastfeeding?
Experts aren’t sure whether or not Botox ends up in breast milk. To ensure the safety of your baby, most healthcare providers advise against getting Botox injections while breastfeeding.
Cost of botox injections
8000 – 10000 (24 – 30 units)
2800 – 4000 (8-10 units)
4000 (12 units)
17700 – 20000 (50-60 units)
17700 – 20000 (50-60 units)
Sweaty palm underarms
17700 per palm 17700 – 20000
6000 – 10000
1500 – 3000 (4- 8 units)
10,000 – 12, 500
Lifting the jawline and cheeks
10,000 – 21,000
Is Botox safe?
Botox is generally safe when administered by a licensed healthcare provider.