Ever growing amount of people wishing to improve their looks are opting for nonsurgical treatments like muscle relaxing / wrinkle reducing injections and dermal fillers instead of going under the knife, making it the fastest growing segment among all cosmetic procedures. The advantages of Non Surgical Treatments are:
- No General Anaesthesia
- Almost Pain-Free
- Instant results Quick and Convenient
- Small or No Recovery Time
- Minimal Risk of Infection or any other Complications
- Fraction of surgical cost
In general, it takes two to five days to see the effects of the Botox injection, but cosmetic improvement will be noticeable. The effects of the treatment last about 6 months; however, each subsequent treatment will last slightly longer, as the muscles become used to remaining in a relaxed state.
Most people know that Botox injections are a great solution for eliminating wrinkles and other minor signs of aging, but what is Botox, and how does it work?
Botox is actually a protein called botulinum toxin. Botulinum, when ingested in large, concentrated amounts, is the protein responsible for botulism, an extremely dangerous type of food poisoning. However, this very same protein causes relaxation of muscles and was used as a medical treatment for a variety of ailments, including migraine headaches, before becoming popular as a cosmetic treatment.
Botox injections are very simple procedures; a very small, diluted form of botulinum toxin is injected near the desired site, allowing the muscle and surrounding tissue to relax and weaken slightly. This results in the diminished appearance of wrinkles and creases, and also reduces the effects of lazy eye and uncontrolled blinking. The Botox injection blocks new nerve impulses to the area, preventing the muscles from contracting. Though in time, lines and wrinkles may reappear, they will be smaller and less noticeable with each subsequent Botox injection.
Botox injections are completely safe, non-surgical procedures that can be performed in minutes under the care of a doctor. Patients may experience minor discomfort and bruising during the first 48 hours, but symptoms are usually mild and best treated with an over-the-counter product like ibuprofen.
With the popularity of cosmetic surgery and other treatments on the rise, women in their 40’s have begun the popular trend of throwing Botox And Bubbly parties, where the girls get together to sip champagne and receive Botox injections. However, it is not recommended that you drink alcohol for a week prior to receiving the treatment, as it can enhance bruising.
All in all, Botox is a safe, affordable, and non-surgical way to fight aging. While it is impossible, at least now, to reverse or stop the signs of aging, the availability of treatments like Botox mean you can easily look years younger, without going under the knife.
Botox injections generally last up to three months. How long the injections will last for each individual, however, depends on various factors.
Typically, a slight amount of muscle activity will return within two weeks after treatment. To what degree this occurs differs in each person. It is considered best to return for a follow-up visit during this time so that your treatment can be adjusted to meet your individual needs.
Another determinant is the body’s ability to repair itself, which also varies for each person. Botox essentially blocks the signals being transmitted from the nerves to the muscles. If an individual’s body has a strong ability to repair itself, the effect of the injections may not prevail as long. Also, what areas are injected helps to determine how quickly muscles will begin to repair themselves. Some muscles, such as lower face muscles, are naturally stronger and more resistant than others.
Regardless of how long Botox injections last for the individual, the best way to maintain the benefits is to have regular treatments. It is suggested that one has a minimum of four treatments within the first year. Thereafter, the muscles have been weakened and the botox injections may begin to last longer, possibly up to six months.
Many people want to know what happens if they stop Botox injections because Botox diminishes in about four months. The original effects of the injections take about three or four days to be seen and are not completed for about two weeks. Injections are recommended every three to four months during the first year to continue to block the muscles and allow the skin to smooth.
Unfortunately, if you stop treatment, your wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and folds will gradually go back to their baseline but will not return to a worse condition than when you began the treatments. The longer you have done the procedures, the longer you will look better before returning to the baseline.
Some evidence, however, indicates that filler injections often stimulate collagen production, so a slight amount of the benefit may persist. Several Botox injections should have helped your muscles relax and allow you to break your habitual facial frowns and squints. This could have stopped the progression of deeper lines and wrinkles and slowed the natural process.