One of the hallmarks of youth and beauty is great skin and no wrinkles. People do some crazy things to achieve this goal, including purchasing all kinds of devices and skin creams.
Unfortunately, some of these products work, and some don’t, and not all products work for everyone. A solution to wrinkles that works for the majority of people is a chemical called Botox.
Botox is made from botulinum toxin and injected into the area that you want tighter by a Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist like those at Lumen and Bevel Aesthetics.
In tiny amounts, this bacteria is relatively safe, but it acts as a toxin in larger amounts.
How Botox Works
Botox works by blocking or paralyzing specific nerve signals. These nerve signals are those that hold the skin contracted to form wrinkles.
By injecting Botox into the muscles after numbing the area, it causes them to relax, which reduces the wrinkles.
How Long Does Botox Last?
It takes about a week for the full effect of the Botox injection to be noticeable. Botox lasts somewhere between three and six months, depending on how your body processes the toxin.
Then, when the nerves are no longer blocked, the wrinkles will return. Fortunately, you can go back to your Aesthetic Specialist to retreat the area.
Does Botox Work for Everyone?
No, like any medication aesthetic or otherwise, it does not work on everyone. Doctors and Aesthetic Nurses will evaluate you, and together you can decide which of the wrinkle-reducing products will work best for you.
Botox Side Effects
Most of the time, Botox is safe, but like all medicines and procedures, there are some side effects. These side effects are eye redness, tearing, eye irritation, bruising or discoloration around the injection site.
A less common but not particularly dangerous side effect is drooping of the eyelids. When this happens, it generally goes away when the botox begins to wear off.
You should see a doctor immediately if you experience signs of an allergic reaction to the injection, such as difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, or unusual swelling and redness.
Typically, side effects and allergic reactions other than some redness around the injection site are pretty rare with these types of injections. Always ask questions and report anything unusual to your doctor or aesthetic specialist.
Who Can Use Botox?
Just about everyone can use Botox. Although Botox is relatively safe for almost everyone, there are some people who cannot use it.
If you have a neuromuscular disease, injecting a toxin into your muscles may not be the best idea. You also should not get an injection if you are pregnant, nursing or might be pregnant.
Skin issues, infections and other temporary conditions may also prevent you from getting a Botox injection. It is always important to be open and honest with your doctor or aesthetic specialist.
Always speak to your primary care physician before getting any aesthetic procedures. Botox is not typically dangerous despite being a toxin, but you need to be in good health to get an injection of this nature.
If you do not meet the criteria for Botox, you have other options. Talk to your aesthetic specialist for more information.