It’s likely that you’ve already heard about Botox. It is a popular method of restoring youthful appearances. Botox works by targeting wrinkles and temporarily eliminating them.
It also carries an undeserved stigma that can turn people off to the idea of it. Some people associate Botox with a fake or plastic look.
Others believe that getting Botox is dangerous. As a result, many opinions surrounding Botox are misguided.
Responsible use of Botox is completely safe and can give your face a fresh and aesthetically pleasing look. Keep reading to find out more about Botox and if you can get too much of it!
What is Botox Actually?
Botox is a special injection made from a toxin produced by a specific bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. Yes, Botox really comes from a toxin that causes botulism. It can sound like a bad idea on paper, but in theory, it works.
In high enough doses, the toxin causes botulism. Botulism is a condition that causes paralysis of the muscles.
In severe cases, it can prevent you from swallowing or cause your muscles to completely fail you. It is this characteristic that makes it so effective for anti-aging purposes.
Wrinkles occur because of muscles that spasm and clench. By blocking certain nerves with Botox, the muscles are paralyzed. This causes the skin to smooth out.
The amount of botulism toxin used in Botox is carefully monitored. In the small doses used by doctors, it is harmless.
But it must be distributed by a trained professional. That’s why you’ll never be able to get Botox over-the-counter.
How is the Procedure Performed?
Botox is delivered in several small injections to key muscle sites over the course of a few minutes. The effects are not immediate and it may take up to two weeks for the Botox to reach full effect. But the anti-wrinkle properties should last you anywhere from 3 to 6 months.
So why does Botox get such a bad rap? There are people who get Botox and become addicted to the treatment. They believe that the more Botox they get, the better they will look.
This leads to the classic look of too much Botox and a barely-there smile. People with too much Botox may also be unable to express emotions on their faces. As with many things in life, a little goes a long way, so it is important to use Botox in moderation.
Is That All Botox Does?
While cosmetic benefits are what made Botox famous, there are also medical uses with Botox as well. Its paralyzing properties make it an unexpected treatment to a wide variety of issues.
These include chronic migraines, overactive bladders, muscle spasms, excessive sweating, and crossed eyes. Those are only the approved applications.
Botox may also help with cerebral palsy, excessive saliva production, achalasia, and more. These are “off-label” uses of Botox.
Too much of a good thing can always turn into a bad thing. If you get too much Botox, it can change the look of your face.
As long as you are careful, Botox can boost your confidence and give you the look you are searching for. Wondering if Botox could be the right treatment for you?
Schedule a consultation at Pinke Eye Center in Shelton, CT for all your Botox needs!