Some consider Botox to be the cosmetic “wonder” of the twenty-first century. After all, what other sort of procedure is out there right now where you can effectively erase all wrinkles from your face with just a simple injection into your skin? Forget those invasive surgeries, all you need is a shot of Botox and you’re good to go!
Botox, also known as “Botulinum Toxin Type A” is a protein that comes from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. Oddly enough, this same toxin creates food poisoning.When used as a purified form and injected into the skin, however, the Botox then blocks the release of the chemical “acetylcholine”, a chemical that helps cause our muscles to contract. By blocking these muscles, the Botox is then effectively “erasing” all of those existing lines that you would like to cover up on your face.
How Often do I Need to go Back for Treatment?
The one thing that may bother women about Botox is the fact that they will need to constantly return for “tune up” visits. Though the timing may differ from woman to woman, depending on where the wrinkles are and their depth, most women need to return for a Botox treatment every 3 to 4 months.
The other downfall to having to constantly replenish the Botox is that some people can actually build up an immunity to this “wonder drug”, meaning that it will no longer be effective and help erase the wrinkles.
What are the Side Effects of Botox?
As with any procedure, there is always the risk of side effects. For example, if you don’t have a proper surgeon with experience perform the job, then you may have too much of the toxin injected into your skin, or the surgeon may inject the Botox into the wrong area. This can cause your muscles to droop, particularly your eyelids, and this can last for weeks at a time.
Some other common side effects to Botox include:
- Flu-like syndromes
- Respiratory infections
- Facial pain
- Redness around the injection sign
- The feeling of muscular weakness
Who should Administer Botox Injections?
It’s frightening just how many people claim that they can do Botox injections, when they really have not been properly trained or really know how to inject it correctly. Make sure that whoever you choose is a cosmetic surgeon who knows what they are doing, or a dermatologist who is qualified and certified through the appropriate parties in your city or country. If you find a “surgeon” who has a price that is just too good to be true, it probably is. A cosmetic procedure is not a place where you should be looking to spend as less money as possible.
The best thing to do is to visit three surgeons and to them ask to see samples of their work. Take references and call up those references. See if those people are satisfied with the surgeon’s work and if they suffered any side effects, and go from there.