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Botox injections are highly popular cosmetic treatments all over the world and many renowned celebrities have also undergone this treatment to maintain their youthful look. Although the treatment is widely popular for an aesthetic and youthful look, it is also popular for other conditions such as preventing excessive sweating. The treatment is becoming increasingly popular among men as they are getting it injected in their scrotum.
Cosmetic Botox injections block the nerve signals to certain muscles causing relaxation in muscles. Resultantly, the wrinkles and lines on the skin begin to disappear. Each such injection costs GBP 150 to GBP 350 per session.
How Botox Works?
The face of the person is cleaned, and botulinum toxin is injected into the facial muscles through a very fine needle. It is injected at different places in facial skin depending on the area of treatment. A person may be asked to move the muscles in the face to find the most suitable area of the skin to inject it. The procedure usually lasts for about ten minutes.
Once Botox has injected the effect on muscles usually becomes visible within a few hours with the main effect appearing within a week’s time. A change is seen straight away but the full effect may start to appear in about two to three days and complete by about two to three weeks.
Botox freezes the movement of muscles by blocking neurotransmitters. The effect lasts for four to six months which means a top-up may be required if one wants to maintain their fine look.
Important Things to Remember
- Do not massage your face for at least three days.
- Avoid sunbathing, vigorous exercise, and sauna for at least two days.
- Keep in touch with your consultant at least until the full effect completes.
- The effect lasts for about three to four months. It is recommended to wait for at least three months before undergoing another Botox injection because undergoing this treatment frequently will make it stop working.
Word of Advice
Botox is not recommended under the following conditions:
- Skin infection
- The health is generally unwell
- If a person has neuromuscular conditions such as myasthenia gravis
- A person is already on some regular medication
- Breastfeeding or pregnancy
Risks of Botox
The risks of Botox injections are minor and usually negligible. It is important that the treatment is administered by a highly qualified practitioner. You may experience the following conditions after the treatment:
- Flu-like symptoms and/or a headache for first 24hrs after the treatment
- Swelling, bruising, and redness in areas where the needle went in
- A frozen look i.e. you may not be able to immediately move the muscles of the face in areas where the Botox is injected
- Temporary weakness or droopiness in the face e.g. eyebrows or eyelids may droop if Botox moves to those areas
It is very rare for serious problems to occur such as blurred or double vision. This only happens, but rarely, when the area around the eyes is treated. If the neck area is treated, then breathing difficulties may occur in rare cases.