Botox is synonymous nowadays with a plastic expressionless face. Is it really true about all the myths people said?

  • What is Botox?

Botox is a purified protein derivative of botulinum toxin. It is also used in cerebral palsy. Botox is useful in treating migraines and reducing sweating in the underarms and the palms and soles. Apart from all the cosmetic uses, the injection pretty much safe and it is FDA approved.

  • What does the Botox Injection actually do?

Botox works on all the wrinkle causing muscles and it relaxes them.  When you use too much Botox, all the lines disappear and you suddenly look expressionless. The key is to give minus units of botulinum toxin which is adequate for that particular muscle and you just give a natural look on the face.

  • What are the different indications?

Talking of your upper face, there’re forehead lines which occur with age and they can actually make you look quite old. This occurs with a lot of people. These lines appear like constantly as if the person is angry. Then there are crow's feet which occur when you smile. Those can be treated with Botox injection. In case you have these scrunch lines at those areas or you have dimple chin with a lot of these, you can easily have them gone with Botox. Basically, Botox injection is all about relaxing the muscles.

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  • How is Botox injection done?

It's basically in-office procedure with tiny tricks of injections. These injections are practically painless. Sometimes to alleviate the pain, you can use ice. There are no after-effects after giving the injection. The effect is seen about 24 to 48 hours after injection and it lasts for about 4 to 6 months. Botox is not a permanent treatment. You can get your own natural look back in about 4 months if you don’t feel satisfied with your new look using Botox.

  • What is the age to do Botox?

FDA says after at the age of 18, you can get Botox. However, the best age recommended to get it is about 35 to 40 years of age. More importantly, it is advised that the distance between each procedure is not less than 6 months. If you're doing it every 2-3 months and with the kind of obsession that's when you end up with that plastic face. Some people have this fear that once the effect of Botox wears away, the lines will worsen. The truth is that your lines don't worsen, in fact, they become better. Botox injection is safe. The key is to have a good trained professional injector, do not go overboard, just maintain the natural soft youthful look and don't try to look for complete disappearance of all the lines.

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  • Who should not be doing Botox?

Pregnant women and people with muscular disorders like myasthenia gravis. People who have active infections are not the targets either. It's also a good idea to avoid having too much of green tea, vitamin E, vicars or pain killers because when you take these, the blood becomes thinner and you tend to bleed more and bruise more when you take the injections. Stop these about three days before you take the Botox.

  • What are the side effects?

Sometimes you can have a little redness or a little swelling. Headaches also lasts for about one or two hours but otherwise there's majorly no side effect unless the injection is done properly or if you go overboard.