Everyone becomes self-conscious at times. People all over the world spend hours and lots of money tending to their look. They want to project a certain image, and when they look good they feel good. In recent years the world of cosmetic surgery has mushroomed, as people seek solutions to signs of aging and other things they’re unhappy with. They pay thousands of dollars for a liposuction, breast enhancement, and the likes.

Botox is one form of treatment that has become popular with celebrities such as Cher, Simon Cowell, or Kim Kardashian. People frequently emulate their heroes by taking the same course of action. But what is Botox and how good is it – and how quickly do people see the results? We are about to find out. 

The Initial Experience

In order to receive Botox treatment, people have to go to qualified cosmetic surgeons. According to James Christian Cosmetics, people are drawn by its relative affordability, low risk, and minimal side effects. There is virtually no recovery time after the procedure and the benefits can last for several months. Botox treatment involves receiving a neuro-toxin injection into a specific area of the body. The result is that the local muscles relax and are unable to move fully.

What it is Used For 

Most people have heard of ‘crow’s feet’, which is a term for wrinkles and lines around the area of the eyes. Fewer people have heard of the ‘elevens’ which refers to the vertical lines between a person’s eyes. Scrunch up your nose or furrow your brow, and the lines will appear! 

Some weaknesses of the bladder, disorders of the bowel, or intense cramping can be treated using Botox. Some muscular tissues can also be attended to, and issues with crossed eyes or twitching and eye spasms. 

Some people are unhappy with their laughter lines (which only appear when they chuckle!). Over the years, many people develop wrinkles in their foreheads and seek treatment to remove them. Even such issues as chronic migraines or excessive sweating can reap the benefits of having Botox treatment. 

The Initial Result

Once a person has received treatment the area that has received the injection will look red. It may feel tender too. The skin will also feel tight or heavy. This is not a cause for concern, and it will subside within a matter of hours – or a few days at most. 

As with all medical procedures, there is a list of rare, but extreme reactions that some people may experience. These include breathing issues or feeling dizzy. The skin may also come out in a rash and resemble an allergic reaction. 

The Initial Result

When the Benefits Will Appear

The results will show within just a few days. The general consensus of surgeons is that we’re talking between two and three days, although sometimes it could take up to five. Dr. Oscar Trujillo is a facial plastic surgeon. He said it could be anything from a week to a fortnight before the full benefits show themselves. Just as people react differently to different medications, the times can vary between individuals. The body has to take its time to react to the botulinum toxin. 

Allow at least a couple of weeks before any major event if that is why you are receiving this treatment.  

If someone only has fine lines around their eyes and forehead and in between their eyebrows, they should see very quick results. If the lines are deeply ingrained as they have developed over time, patients need to be more patient waiting for results. Patients may need to have twelve months of treatment to get rid of the wrinkles. In the meantime, consider using dermal filler to level the skin. The concentration of the neuro-toxin used will also affect the time scale, as we shall discuss shortly. 

Anyone who has strong muscles will find their body more resistant to the benefits of the treatment. The results won’t last as long as a consequence, either. Fit people have a faster metabolism, and this will mean the toxin will leave the body quicker than it would for a non-athlete. 

Once the affected muscles cease to contract, the wrinkles and lines will become free and the skin will appear younger and smoother. After the initial results, there will be a gradual decline in the effect, as the neuro-toxin slowly works its way out of the person’s body. Over time, full muscle movement will return as before. 

When it’s Time to Repeat the Process

If someone is happy with what the Botox treatment achieved, they can have another injection after three or four months. The time scale will particularly depend on the area that received the treatment. The cosmetic surgeon will no doubt be happy to issue a reminder, and it will become increasingly apparent that the effects have worn off. 

The dosage of Botox received will also affect how long the benefits are experienced. It’s a bit like a fuel tank in a car – the more that is in there, the farther the vehicle will drive! Smaller doses will take effect for up to a couple of months, but if more units are injected, it could last for up to half a year. A heavy dosage sounds like a money saver, but it will heavily paralyze the relevant muscles. People need to be advised on how they will look after the different dosages. Newcomers are advised to receive a lighter initial dose.  It has been said that injections to the forehead can last for up to 109 days.

Longer-Term

The good news is that after several trips to the cosmetic surgeon, the benefits of Botox will last longer. Patients may only need to rebook after up to nine months. This will depend on why the treatment has been used, however. With issues related to migraines and excessive sweating, more frequent injections may be needed. 

Most people are delighted with their Botox treatment. For those who require something more, there are always other medical options. If a person’s wrinkles are too stubborn to respond to Botox injections, they can consider having hyaluronic acid-based lasers or fillers. Cosmetic surgery will cost more and may give permanent results. Having said that, many people prefer Botox treatment because it risks fewer complications, and has a quicker recovery time.

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