What is Botox and when can I expect it to take effect? Well, Botox, also known as onabotulinumtoxin A, is a toxin produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. It is only available in prescription dosages and it is normally injected into the body. Botox is used to treat a variety of conditions and ailments such as: migraines, excessive underarm perspiration, botulism (food poisoning), cervical dystonia (severe neck and shoulder contractions), and skin imperfections (i.e. wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, laugh lines and frown lines), excessive blinking, asymmetrical eyes, and an overactive bladder. Botox injections weaken or paralyze certain muscles in your body in an effort to block nerve sensations (i.e. pain, discomfort, pulsing, aching, burning, throbbing, stinging and/or tingling).
The results typically last for three to 12 months, depending on your health, genetics and location. Side-effects can include: swelling, bruising, gastrointestinal distress (diarrhea, upset stomach, abdominal cramps, vomiting and nausea), redness, tenderness, blurred or loss of vision, muscle weakness, swallowing, speaking and/or breathing problems, headaches, pain and/or swelling at the treatment site. In addition, you may experience droopy eyelids, if you have Botox injected into your face. Do not use Botox, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding because it may cause premature contractions. If you are wondering when you Botox treatment will take effect – you have come to the right place. This article will help provide you with a tentative idea of when you should see the effects of your treatment.
Listed below are the timeframes associated with Botox use:
It normally takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to administer a Botox injection. You should see noticeable results within a few days. It is important to understand that Botox continues to work after the injection. In fact, this treatment continues to work within your body (i.e. muscles) until it has reached its maximum effect (approximately 2 weeks). To maintain the effects (i.e. a reduction of wrinkles and lines, migraines, etc.), you will need to repeat the treatment every few months.
Botox reduces facial imperfections by paralyzing certain muscles in your face. A dermatologist, plastic surgeon or licensed esthetician evaluates where to inject the toxin, based on what you would like performed. If you want Botox to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, the medical professional will inject a small amount of botulinum toxin into the targeted muscles. It is important to note that while Botox is a toxin, it has been diluted and weakened so that is does not poison your system. It is also imperative that you select a medical professional that is trained, licensed, board-certified and experienced at administering Botox injections because if they are not administered correctly it can seriously impede your ability to use certain facial muscles (i.e. facial paralysis). Choose a medical professional that can reduce skin imperfections, while retaining natural facial expressions.
In addition to selecting a trained and experienced medical profession, you should also be knowledgeable of the possible post-treatment complications associated with Botox injections. It is important to note that the injection site will be tender, red and swollen, following the treatment. Do not rub the injection site because it can spread the toxin throughout your body – leading to mobility impairments or temporary paralysis. Moreover, if the toxin enters your bloodstream, it can lead to symptoms that resemble food poisoning. Furthermore, refrain from Botox injections, if you have a low immune system or a chronic autoimmune disorder like: lupus, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, scleroderma, psoriasis, type 1 diabetes mellitus, or multiple sclerosis.
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