Botox injections are widely performed all over the country. The majority of individuals get Botox injections during a lunch time break. The procedure is usually done in the physician's office and rarely takes more than 5-15 minutes. There is no need for any anesthesia.
The procedure is not entirely painless and the small needle does sting. Some physicians may numb the area with a topical anesthetic prior to the injection.
Before the injections, all the sites are premarked and cleaned with an antiseptic solution. The Botox is then injected.
Botox generally takes three to seven days to take full effect.
Prior to the procedure one should avoid drinking alcohol at least one week prior to treatment. Aspirin and other related drugs should be stopped at least 7-10 days before the injections to limit the skin bruising.
When injected, the toxins in Botox rapidly paralyze the muscles and stop them from causing wrinkles on the face.
Botox is commonly used to treat
- forehead lines
- crow's feet (lines around the eye)
- Frown lines.
Wrinkles induced by smoking and sun exposure generally do not respond to Botox treatments.
The results of Botox are not always immediate and may take 5-7 days to become prominent. The Botox injections last anywhere from 2-5 months
Recovery and Side Effects of Botox
Botox is not without side effects. However, the side effects are minor and resolve rapidly. The most common side effects include
- Mild nausea
- Flu like symptoms
- Pain at injection site
Rarely the injection of botox may cause transient paralysis of the deeper facial muscles. This can lead to muscle weakness and dropping of the eyelids. When the deeper muscles or the eyelid muscles are paralyzed, the condition usually reverses in a few days. However, in some case, the paralysis may last a few months
After the procedure one can resume work and daily living activities right away.