Botox is the brand name of a toxin derived from a bacteria known as Clostridium botulinum. Some people know botox as a poison. That is because, if used in large quantities it can cause botulism, which is a form of muscle paralysis. However, we are discussing the use of botox injection as an anti ageing treatment wherein we use small, diluted quantities of the drug to cause controlled muscle stiffness.
Uses of Botox:
- Botox is extremely popular for correction of wrinkles. Botox is not the ideal choice for all types of wrinkles and lines. Only those that are caused while making a facial expression such as correction of frown lines and laugh lines. For the others, we have dermal fillers.
- It is the most considered treatment option for people with a problem of excessive sweating (also known as hyperhidrosis). It controls sweaty palms, soles and underarms.
How is a Botox Injection given?
Botox is injected into those specific muscles where correction is desired. Because it is just some minor pricks you feel, most people do not require anaesthesia. However, some people do prefer a topical anaesthetic. The procedure lasts just a few minutes and one can resume normal life soon after.
Dos and Don’ts of Botox:
- For a week prior and after, we advise a patient not to get any facial or other beauty treatment done
- Neither do we advise any other cosmetic treatment along with Botox
- We strongly advise people to have realistic expectations from the treatment
- Expecting and lactating women are advised against this treatment. The reasons are unknown but since Botox is primarily a cosmetic treatment, better be late than sorry!
Like all cosmetic treatments, Botox too may have some side effects.