Thursday, 23 May 2013

Get a Younger Looking You with Botox

By Craig Nevilt

Botox, under prescription, can be used to smooth away the frown lines between the eyebrows, and other facial wrinkles, that men and women get in middle age. Smoothing out lines is what it is most often used for. When people feel the lines on their forehead make them look tired or even angry, they choose this type of cosmetic improvement.

You should not consider this treatment if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients of Botox. And common sense dictates that you shouldn't go ahead if there is an infection in the skin surrounding the area being injected. You also should inform your physician before a treatment if you have any issues that affect your breathing such as asthma.

How does it work?

The skin's wrinkles normally form right next to a muscle that is close to, and normally beneath, it.The Botox restricts nerve impulses from reaching the tissue that causes the wrinkle. So, limited or no muscle movement means that the skin supported by the muscle stops being creased by constant expression contractions. With inhibited muscle contractions, lines and wrinkles stop forming. The person gets a more youthful look as a result, when frown lines and other wrinkles are reduced.

Using Botox injections for wrinkles is non invasive and the procedure is usually carried out in approximately 20-30 minutes. The site to be treated receives an injection of a small amount of Botox. As the Botox starts working, it blocks the nerve signals to the muscles under the skin. The muscle therefore relaxes and the skin is smoothed, causing facial lines to diminish.

One normally minor side effect from the Botox Injection Treatment is slightly red and sore skin for a few days. A patient can usually return to work the same day, right after leaving the clinic. The treatment usually starts to work within 3 days, but it may take up to a week to maximize the full effect.


After your procedure, the first thing you need to do is try to exercise your treated muscles for one to two hours. Squinting, frowning and raising your eyebrows should all be practiced. This helps work the Botox into your muscles. While this can help, it won't impact your results negatively if you forget or don't have the time to do it.

Avoid rubbing or massaging the treated areas and, for 4 hours after the treatment, do not do yoga, heavy lifting or any type of strenuous exercise. Also, don't take Advil, vitamin D, or Tylenol after the procedure.

If, after the procedure, you see some tiny bumps or marks on your face, do not be concerned. Within a few hours they will go away.

Make sure whoever is doing your Botox treatment is trained specifically in this procedure. This type of treatment is a medical procedure, and should be seen in this way.

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