Botox is used to relax the muscles around your eyes, and in your forehead to reduce the appearance of wrinkle. It is also used to relax muscles for people with conditions which cause them to twitch like cerebral palsy and Parkinsonism. In addition, if you sweat excessively when it is not hot or you are not exerting yourself, have bladder incontinence, or suffer from chronic migraines, Botox injections may help relieve the symptoms. Talk with your doctor to find out if you will benefit from this treatment. If so, here is what you should expect during and after you receive it.
At the Doctor's Office
Botox should always be administered at a doctor's office. Luckily, the treatment is simple and relatively painless. It involves using a small needle to inject the Botox toxin into the muscles you want to be affected. If you will be receiving many injections or the area to be treated is very sensitive, the doctor may apply some type of topical anesthesia to numb the area before proceeding with the shots.
The First 24 Hours
When you leave the doctor's office you can return to your normal activities, including any type of work. However, the muscles involved will be basically paralyzed for a few hours. Try not to use the muscles around the affected area until you can feel the ones that were treated again. In addition, do not rub or massage the treated area for the first 24 hours. You do not want to push any of the injected fluid to other muscles. This will minimize the results on the treated muscles as there won't be as much Botox in them and may make the effects look odd because areas you didn't want to be treated will receive some of the treatment.
Most Botox treatments will show the results in just a few days. The initial feeling of paralysis may be seen by others, but that is not the final result of the treatment. Depending on the area treated, and how many shots you received, the results can last anywhere from one to three months.
Many women use Botox injections to replace having a facelift. The procedure is quick and easy, it is non-invasive, and there are fewer risks involved. For people with the above-mentioned conditions, having Botox services regularly can be life-changing. Contact local Botox services to learn more about your cosmetic options.