Categories: Botulinum Toxin

6 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Botox

Sometimes, you need to give your face a lift and the sweet treat it deserves. But is Botox the right way to do this? What is Botox? It’s merely a neurotoxin produced by bacteria. It’s useful for the treatment of wrinkles and removing of fine lines from the face that has developed due to ageing.

It is applied on the skin by injecting it with a little dose of neurotoxin that is well enough to influence the functioning of the facial muscles. Botox is a popular cosmetic procedure in the US. Here are a few factors you should consider to be able to decide if Botox is the right treatment for you.

Who Is The Best Candidate?

Botox is not suitable for nursing mothers and pregnant women. If you are taking any form of dietary supplements or medications, ensure you disclose such to your doctor. Including the symptoms of any chronic disease such as diabetes and asthma. But if you have symptoms of the neuromuscular disorder, then Botox isn’t safe for you. Such symptoms include:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal muscular atrophy

If you administer Botox on your skin with these symptoms, it could lead to fatal effects.

How Long Is The Recovery Period?

There is no actual recovery time for an injection. But Botox injection can make your face to swell a bit or have signs of bruising. Any other possible side effects such as bleeding will disappear after a few hours. To fasten the healing process, you should:

  • Avoid aspirin
  • Avoid inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. Abstain from these medications for up to a week if possible. Also, stay away from alcohol for two days before administering Botox.

How Long Does The Botox Last?

There is no definite duration, but on the average; Botox lasts for about 3to six months. But they tend to last longer if you take the treatment often. Botox has a long time effect of preventing the appearance of wrinkles. Several injections are administered to avoid the muscles of the face to stop moving so they won’t be able to form lines on the front anymore.

Are The Side Effects Immediate?

After injecting your skin with Botox, you may notice a null side effect at the spot. But the more injections you have had in the past, the faster you will notice any side effects. Hence, it might take a long time to see results if you are taking Botox for the first time. But as time goes on, you will begin to see results.

How Much Does Botox Costs?

It depends on the perimeter of the treatment and the provider. On the average, each injection is likely to cost $375-500 per area. An area could be considered as a point in the face, such as the forehead and the eyebrows.

How can you determine if Botox will be a useful option for you? You will need to seek medical council and allow a health practitioner to evaluate your health needs to figure out the best cosmetic treatment that is suitable for you.

Dr. Howard Katz

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