Thinking About Botox? Here’s What You Need to Know

Botox is believed to be the most common among advanced cosmetic treatments. There are many people around us who have had Botox treatments and are particularly happy with it, but there are also still people who are suspicious or fear Botox because they heard it can go wrong.

Before you proceed to a Botox treatment, you need to consider two major facts.

  1. Botulinum toxin, the core active substance of the injectable remedy is one of the most poisonous substances on Earth.
  1. Despite this eerie fact, no deaths due to Botox have been reported anywhere in the world so far. However, there have been cases of Botox poisoning, which led to temporary or sometimes permanent facial palsy.

How did it happen? The process of diluting the Botulinum toxin A in the Botox drug manufacturing process is one of the most tightly monitored procedures known. So the injectable substance itself isn’t the problem. It’s the unqualified personnel who administer Botox that are. Having Botox administered by a dermatologist is by far the safest option.

First of all, dermatologists are medics, and their knowledge of both general practice and dermatology can help on determining (a) is Botox actually safe for you, (b) where and how it should be injected, and (c) what’s the optimal dose for your case. Second, they will give you the best advice for during the treatment and for recovery.

In its safe form, Botox blocks the neurotransmitters which trigger muscle contractions that lead to having wrinkles and lines. Since muscles aren’t a tissue of the skin, it’s not clearly defined as a dermatologist’s technique. It’s topical, which means it needs to be administered locally to work, and that approach requires advanced knowledge of both skin and muscles underneath. Never have Botox administered by cosmeticians, friends, colleagues, relatives or by yourself, unless they’re a qualified dermatologist!

If properly administered, Botox can be effective for anywhere between three and 12 months, depending on your overall health and skin condition. Once your wrinkles reappear, you can have another Botox treatment safely. There are people who are regularly have Botox injected for years, and most of them had no any side effects as a result. The treatment itself is very quick (10 to 20 minutes) and in most cases isn’t painful thanks to the very small needles used. You may have bruises from punctures, but these should be gone in 2 days or less.

Once your treatment is finished, you might be feeling little pain or discomfort, but it usually lasts for a  short period of time. You need to stick strictly to what the dermatologist who administered Botox to you recommended for the first few days following the treatment.