The Basics of Botox

Many people who are after a more youthful look have a number of possibilities they can explore. Those who rule out plastic surgery may instead decide to have injections of Botox, Dysport or Xeomin – which are all used to counter wrinkles. All of them are purified forms of botulinum toxin A. However, when they are used correctly, there is no botulism risk to users.

Botox works by blocking the nerves that contract muscles, softening the appearance of wrinkles in the immediate area of the injection. Wrinkles form as you age and in areas where you move your face. Using these muscles less, or stopping them from being used can prevent wrinkles from forming.

What to Know About an Actual Botox Procedure

If you decide to have Botox injections, there are a few things you should be aware of before going forward with the procedure.

First and foremost, seek treatment only by a doctor who is board-certified in dermatology or plastic surgery. Chances are, any Botox horror story pictures you may have seen were caused by a lack of due diligence on the part of a patient who chose someone less than qualified to perform the procedure.

Getting Botox is performed by injecting a fine needle into specific muscles. It only takes a few minutes and no anesthesia is needed. It is recommended to avoid alcohol a week before you are injected, and you should stop using aspirin and any other anti-inflammatory medications two weeks prior to an injection to reduce any post-injection bruising that may take place. This is because these medications thin your blood and increase bleeding which is how bruises are caused. If you are taking any other supplements, be sure to discuss this with your doctor as well. Some of them such as fish oil pills, vitamin E, or gingko can also thin your blood.

In addition to bruising, there are some other possible side effects that may occur after an injection. Headaches can happen, although they are rare and usually go away within 24 to 48 hours. Some patients may also develop eyelid drooping, but if so, this will disappear in about three weeks. To counter these possibilities, patients are encouraged not to rub the treated area for 12 hours or lay down for at least four hours following an injection.

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