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What is Botox and how does it work?

Botox is a treatment for wrinkles and creases in the face. It’s a brand name for a toxin generated by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. There are also other brands, such as Xeomin and Dysport, but because it was the first injectable botulinum toxin, Botox is the term you hear the most.

Botox acts by preventing nerve signals from reaching the muscles. The treated muscle is unable to contract. This causes wrinkles to relax and soften.

What is Botox used for?

There are a lot of possibilities to enhance your beauty. The most popular uses of Botox are to reduce frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles. Botox injections can also elevate the corners of your mouth and enhance the upper lip. It can also improve your health by treating other conditions, such as:

  • Excessive underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis)
  • Migraines
  • Neck spasms (cervical dystonia)
  • Overactive bladders

How is a Botox Treatment done?

Botox injections take only a few minutes. There is no need for anesthesia. Botox is injected with a tiny needle into targeted muscles, causing only minor discomfort.

The effects take 7 to 14 days to fully appear. Doctors advise abstaining from alcohol, aspirin, and anti-inflammatory drugs for at least a week or two before the treatment.

To avoid spreading, don’t rub the injection site for 24 hours.

How many units of Botox do I need?

Normally, you should consult with your cosmetic surgeon to calculate the number of units needed to achieve your goals, but here are some examples to get an idea:

Units of Botox to treat the Forehead:

The manufacturer of Botox Cosmetic recommends four units per injection as a starting point (20 in total). According to most dermatologists, each patient receives between 10 and 50 total units, depending on their requirements and treatment history.

Units of Botox to treat the Corners of the Eyes:

The usual dose of Botox between the brows is five units per injection, for a total of 25. Dermatologists may use anywhere from 20 to 50 units, depending on the patient’s demands.

Units of Botox to treat the Area between the Eyebrows:

To obtain the desired effects, the manufacturer recommends up to five units at each injection site (a total of 25 units), although dermatologists claim they use between 20 and 50 total units in this region.

How often should you get Botox?

A Botox treatment has these three stages:

  1. At first, every dermatologist will likely use a lower dosage of Botox. One or two units per injection site, regardless of where you get Botox injected.
  2. They’ll want you to come back in two to three months, for the area between the eyebrows 3 to 4 months, for an evaluation and retreatment.
  3. Once you got the desired results, maintenance treatments are recommended every 3 to 4 months.

What Are the Side Effects of Botox?

Following a Botox injection, you may experience some temporary side effects. These could include the following:

  • Bruising (the most common side effect)
  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes or tearing
  • Swelling around the injection
  • Numbness
  • Unwell feeling

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