Wrinkles, though sign of graceful ageing, do take a toll on physical appearance, particularly robbing the face of its charm. This can be quite painful especially in younger people when the skin exhibits premature signs of ageing due to over-exposure to harsh weather, UV-rays, use of sub-standard cosmetics or even just simple stress. Botulinum toxin aka Botox has proven to be quite effective in wiping out wrinkles, even those fine lines, irrespective of the underlying reason or biological age of the person being treated.
How Botulinum Toxin Works?
This neurotoxin or poisonous substance extracted from the clostridium botulinum bacterium can prove dangerous if orally consumed. However, when used in the form of subcutaneous injections, it can work wonders to repair wrinkles to perfection and firm up sagged skin, restoring a smooth complexion. It is important for those opting for treatment to understand how botulinum toxin works to erase wrinkles. When injected locally into the skin, it relaxes the underlying muscular tissue to even out all creases, blocking the nerve-signals that cause the muscles to contract otherwise. Special fillers are also used with botulinum to create a fuller structure devoid of any deep set lines or hollows.
Botox – Advantages
The prime advantage of opting for botulinum treatment is the stunning results.
- Apart from being quite effective in eliminating distinct signs of ageing, the cosmetic treatment is least intrusive. There are no surgical procedures involved in the treatment process.
- From smile/frown lines, fine lines between eyebrows and wrinkles on the forehead/neck to drooping eye brows and cheeks, botulinum treatments can effortlessly remedy a range of ageing signs.
Points to Note
It is important to note that the treatment is not for everyone. Those with existing medical conditions or health concerns must discuss their treatment options with a qualified, authentic and reliable practioner before signing up for the same.
Treatments are likely to differ based on the nature of the problem. Costs tend to vary with the quantity of the toxin required to treat a specific condition. The number of injections or units of botulinum required to relax the muscles depend on how active the local muscles are.
Results of the treatment are time-bound and usually last for about 4-6 months, after which another course of treatment (injection) is required to maintain the appearance. Ideally, a combination of Botox injections at regular intervals, personalised skin care routines and protein-rich diets help enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.
Inflammation, numbness and occasional allergic reaction are some of the side effects associated with the treatment. These are mostly temporary and well-addressed by treatment centres.
Interestingly, preventative treatments can keep people looking eternally young, irrespective of their biological age, if they can afford the costs of on-going treatment.