Botox / Anti Wrinkle Injections
Time takes its toll on everyone, and its effects are hard to reverse. As we get older, wrinkles start to appear on our face, but there is a way to reverse the aging process for at least a while…
Botox or botulinum toxin has anti-aging properties that are well-known in Hollywood. Movie stars went crazy for botox a couple of decades back when it was still too expensive for most people. Now, it is something almost everyone can afford. But how does it work?
When the Botox is injected, it relaxes muscles which stop skin creasing that actually causes wrinkles. These injections are very effective for treating “expression lines” like frown lines on the forehead, as well as the “turkey neck” and crow’s feet around the eyes.
The cost of Botox
The cost of a Botox treatment depends on the number of injections you have to take. That depends on your muscles. If they are active, you’ll need fewer injections. One dose costs up to 15 dollars. A treatment of the forehead or the crow’s feet requires from 10 to 20 injections that can cost up to $300, but the actual price depends on what your doctor charges.
Are Botox injections painful?
Since the skin needs to be pierced, you can expect these injections to hurt. However, the pain lasts only for a couple of seconds, and it is similar to an ant bite. Most clients handle the pain without problems.
How long do Botox shots last?
The Botox treatment has to be repeated every three or four months for the best results. Sometimes the effect can last longer, but most people come to take shots three to four times a year.
Are Botox shots safe?
Luckily, the side effects of taking Botox injections are mild and temporary. They affect only the area that was injected. Some of the possible side effects are bruising, face pain, headaches, swelling, redness, muscle weakness, numbness, bruising, and others.
In some rare cases, the side effects of the toxin can spread and cause serious side effects. Botox injections can cause problems with swallowing, breathing and speaking. That is caused by weak muscles that react to the botox. Some cases can be severe when large doses of Botox are administered.
Preventative Botox, Yes or No?
Botox is being used all over the world. Many people wish to hide signs of aging, but there’s a new trend going on in the last couple of years – preventative Botox. More and more teens are taking these shots these days. Their idea is that if you start taking shots at a young age, you will prevent wrinkles from ever appearing.
In some cases, teenage girls got Botox injections as a reward for their school results. You should be careful about taking Botox shots at a young age. The procedure is expensive, and it should be done only when needed because there are no records to what Botox does to a young body over a longer period.
Non-Cosmetic Uses for Botox
Most people make a mistake of thinking that Botox is only used for cosmetic surgery. It is also used to treat serious diseases such as cerebral palsy, MS; it also helps people that have problems with teeth grinding and more.
Botox is also widely used to treat hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. Botox paralyzes the sweat glands, and it’s safe to use on the face, hands, armpits, and feet. Only one Botox treatment is enough to stop excess sweating in the underarm area for as much as a year. The effects wear off in three months if used on feet and six months when used on hands. The biggest problem with this treatment is the pain caused by the injections.
Furthermore, Botox is also used to treat bladder weakness. When injected into the muscles around the bladder, Botox relaxes them which increases the bladder capacity and reduces incontinence. The effect lasts for six months to a year.
People who suffer from chronic migraines are also treated with Botox. The substance is injected into their neck, and head area and the migraines stop for two to three months.