Botox is a popular anti-ageing treatment used for eliminating wrinkles. It works by blocking the nerves that cause facial muscles to contract and temporarily paralyzes the muscles which then relaxes and softens the appearance of wrinkles.
It can also be used to treat other medical conditions including excess sweating, headaches and migraines, Blepharospasm (eye spasms) among other things.
The process involves injecting the Botox into the muscles in the areas to be treated. Generally, no anesthesia is used or required unless specifically requested.
It is recommended that you don’t massage or rub the treated area, or lay down, for a few hours after the procedure to avoid the toxin moving to anywhere other than where it is meant to be.
The effects, or results of the Botox injections can take anywhere between a few hours to several days to become apparent.
Q. Are there any side effects?
A. Side effects may vary on a per patient basis. You may experience headaches, bruising, some mind pain on the area injected, and in some cases (less than 1%) droopy eyelids or eyebrows, which eventually becomes normal again after the Botox has worn off (can be a few months).
Botox is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.
Q. Can bruising at the site injected be avoided?
A. Yes. Avoid taking Aspirin and Ibuprofen or any medicine containing these chemicals before your Botox treatment. Because these substances thin the blood, they can make you bleed more than the usual, which can lead to bruising.
You may also be advised to restrain from drinking alcohol in the week prior to your treatment.