What Are Botoks Injection Procedures

In its essence, Botoks is a type of FDA-approved toxin that is a secreted protein by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum toxin. Botoks tighten the skin and muscles around the injection site by secreting a chemical after being injected under the skin. The Botoks injection procedure is one of the most common cosmetic procedures. Botoks injections may serve several purposes, but their most known aim is to remove sagging skin, lines, and wrinkles caused by aging. Botoks works on relaxing the sclerotic facial muscles, which are the reasons for face wrinkles, especially around the eyes, mouth, and nose. Some of these areas are also called frown lines and crow’s feet. Although Botoks is mainly known for reducing wrinkles, it is also used for different purposes, such as:

  • Retouching the nose shape: Botoks can be injected on the tip of the nose to give a desired lifted shape.
  • Treatment of headache and neck pain: Although Botoks is a cosmetic procedure, injections can treat chronic migraines, regular headaches, and related neck pains.
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  • Treatment of excessive sweating: Botoks weakens the muscles on the injection site, and these weakened muscles cause a reduction in sweating. To treat excessive sweating, botoks may be applied to several body parts, such as the armpits, palms, feet, and face.
  • Treating eye twitching: Botoks application may treat continuous eye twitching by numbing the nerves around the area.
  • Treating muscle contractions: In some cases, Botoks application may treat muscle contractions by numbing them. However, you must undergo certain examinations for this treatment and get your doctor’s approval.
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Candidates For Botoks Injection Procedures

The Botoks injection procedure is the same as every other surgical and non-surgical operation. There are some terms and conditions for a person to get satisfying results from this procedure. Possible candidates for Botoks treatments should be as follows:

  • People with slight facial wrinkles and sagging.
  • People who suffer from certain facial diseases, such as sleepy eyes, tremor eyelids, drooping eyelids, or other conditions that Botoks injections can treat.
  • People who suffer from facial wrinkles and aging effects and want to have a fresher and younger face.
  • People with facial fat imbalances due to excess weight loss that results in an inappropriate distribution of fat.
  • The person should be between 18 and 65 years old.

Although most people believe that Botoks injections are more appropriate for relatively older people, in fact, if you want a radiant and wrinkle-free appearance even in your 50s, it is suggested to start having Botoks injections when you are around 25 years old. While the Botoks injection procedure is known to be completely safe, there are some cases where Botoks injections are forbidden, such as pregnant or breastfeeding women or if the patient is allergic to Botulinum Toxin that the Botoks includes.

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Possible Side Effects

Although Botoks is a very safe and simple cosmetic treatment, if it is done at an unqualified clinic or inexperienced doctor, it may cause health issues or allergic reactions. These effects are as follows:

  • Trouble in swallowing
  • Trouble breathing (difficulty in breathing)
  • Muscle weakness (myasthenia gravis)
  • Eye problems, such as dryness or excessive tearing
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Double vision or blurred vision
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In order to avoid all these side effects, ensure to choose an accredited and certified clinic as well as inform your doctor about your medical history. If you experience any of these abnormalities, you must contact your doctor immediately.

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Pre-Botoks Injection Procedures Tips

Before the Botoks injection procedure, the doctor will examine the patient to ensure their general health is fine. The doctor will also review the patient’s medical history and ensure he is suitable for the procedure. Lastly, the doctor will determine the areas where the injection will be done.

Yet, there are some tips and instructions that should be followed by the patient who will undergo this procedure before it, such as:

  • Refrain from taking diluting medicines, such as ibuprofen and any inflammatory drugs, to reduce the occurrence of any bruises during the procedure.
  • Refrain from smoking for at least two weeks – one month before the procedure.
  • Refrain from drinking alcohol for at least two weeks- one month before the procedure.

Stages Of Botoks Injection Procedures Tips

The Botoks injection procedure is made in several stages;

  1. The patient undergoing the procedure will get local anesthesia either by using a cream put on the areas to be injected, by a spray, or by injecting the local anesthesia under the skin.
  2. The doctor uses an unspecified number of Botoks injections based on the patient’s condition and method to remove the wrinkles and saggings.
  3. The doctor injects the Botoks in the areas determined before the procedure using a syringe that had been prepared before.
  4. The facial muscles get injected consecutively and quickly for immediate results.
  5. Depending on the treated area, Botoks usually show its effect in three days. If you wish, after about a week, you may visit your doctor again for a control session.

Post-Botoks Injection Procedure

The Botoks injection procedure is a straightforward, in-office procedure that takes 30 minutes. Yet, the patient has to lie down for at least two to three hours after the process until the Botoks used in the procedure are entirely stable. The doctor will also give some tips and instructions to the patient for satisfying and impressive results. Some of these tips are:

  • Avoid rubbing the areas that were injected in the procedure for at least 12 hours after the operation.
  • Avoid massaging the injected area for 24 hours.
  • Lie down for at least two to three hours after the operation to prevent the Botoks used in the procedure from leaking.
  • Botoks injection procedure has a very quick recovery process, where the patient can return to daily activities in a short time that does not exceed one week.

Botoks injections last three to six months, as it varies from person to person. If you want to maintain the effect of Botoks, you would need to redo it or get some touchups after 4-5 months. You can always repeat the Botoks injections for a youthful and wrinkle-free face.

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