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What are Botox Injections and Are They For You?

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Everybody wants to look beautiful and forever young but as we grow older, loss of the skin’s softness is expected resulting in wrinkles and signs of aging. One way to slow down this visible aging process is through cosmetic therapies and injections. Currently there are a lot of products in the market that promise you a younger and attractive appearance.

Every day we watch a lot of advertisements of cosmetic treatments, which give assurance of their products. Mostly what we expect from these products is that they will remove our wrinkles and folds that look unattractive. Among these products most popular are collagen, Restylane and Botox injections. These injections have their own applications and characteristics. Let’s focus our attention on Botox in this article.

The botulinum toxin has been known for centuries but it has been appreciated recently with the discovery of Botox. Botox was introduced thirty years ago. Earlier it was injected into the muscles surrounding the eyes of those patients who were suffering from crossed eyes.

Botox (Botulinum a toxin) injection is a method to recover your smooth and soft look. Botox injection is a FDA (Food and Drug Association) approved treatment. It is a purified protein, which is derived from bacterium clostridium botullinum, a toxin that can also cause food poisoning. Botox is a simple and speedy treatment. According to ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) Botox is the fastest growing treatment for wrinkles.

Wrinkles originate with the over usage of facial muscles. Botox is injected into targeted muscle with a fine needle. Botox simply inactivates the muscles that produce wrinkles. Botox blocks the release of acetylcholine chemical, which transmits nerve signals to contract the muscle. So, it is a mechanism of muscle inactivation. This process weakens the muscles that produce frown lines. With Botox these lines are smoothed out and become almost invisible within a week.

Botox mainly targets crows feet, frown lines, laugh lines and forehead lines. It is injected in small doses. It is a fast therapy. Botox has been used for years in treating a variety of patients. Botox injection can also be used for migraine headaches. It also can decrease sweating on palms, under arms and at the hairline.

It is advised to the Botox-injected patients that they adhere to a few guidelines and implications before and after the treatment if they want optimal results. After the injection, ice can be applied to the targeted area that will reduce any swelling and discomfort. Injection procedure takes only about ten minutes and after that patients can return to their routine life without delay. Do not massage the treated area as this may cause bruising. Botox cannot be used during pregnancy, breastfeeding or on neurology patients.

If too much toxin is injected or if it is injected at a wrong place in the body, a droopy eyelid muscle may result that lasts for a week or more. Botox effects last for 3-6 months and it causes minimal pain. Definitely this product is good for those people who want to change their look and want a wrinkle free, smooth and clear appearance with out full blown surgery.

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