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How Much BOTOX will I Need?
- What is a BOTOX?
Botox is a drug prepared from the bacterial toxin botulin, used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles.
- How does BOTOX works?
Botox can be injected into humans in extremely small concentrations and works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles, effectively leaving the muscles without instructions to contract, therefore paralyzing them.
In order for muscles to contract, nerves release a chemical messenger, acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter), at the junction where the nerve endings meet muscle cells. The acetylcholine attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes the muscle cells to contract or shorten. Injected botulinum toxin prevents the release of acetylcholine, preventing contraction of the muscle cells. The effect of botulinum toxin causes a reduction in abnormal muscle contraction allowing the muscles to become less stiff.
- Medical and cosmetics use of BOTOX
Botox is predominantly used as a treatment to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines in older adults. Beyond aesthetic applications, Botox has been found useful in treating a variety of medical conditions including eye squints, migraines, excess sweating and leaky bladders. Botox is currently used to treat over 20 different medical conditions, with more applications under investiation.
How do I Make BOTOX Last Longer?
- Have Botox injection regularly
Have Botox sessions at regular intervals, then your muscles will become weaker and hence, in time the effects of the treatment will last longer. Initially effects of Botox will only last 4 months, therefore requiring at least 3 treatments in the first year, in the following year chances are that you could only need 2 treatments.
- Don’t have Botox too frequently
This may sound like a contradiction to the first tip, however if you have Botox too frequently, there is a chance your muscles will become resistant to the treatment. Try to leave at least 12 weeks in between treatments. If the effects of Botox start wearing off in the following 6 to 8 weeks after a treatment it is important to tell your practitioner. This will then enable them to adjust the dosage for your next treatment accordingly. Getting the dose right makes all the difference, Botox is not ‘a one dose fits all’ treatment. Stronger muscles will often need a higher dose of Botox.
- Avoid sun exposure
It is advisable to avoid sun exposure on the day of the treatment. The sunshine will boost blood circulation, causing blood vessels to dilate and possibly disperse the Botox faster than normal. In addition, as many dermatologists point out, sun is the worst enemy of your skin and the main contributor to skin aging and wrinkles Avoid sunbeds and always wear at least a factor 30 sun protection cream on your face. Bring out the fake tan, it’s as easy as that!
- Try not to obsess about your lines and wrinkles
While your skin imperfections could start to show before your next Botox session, stop yourself from checking looking and obsessing in the mirror every day. Your constant worrying doesn’t do anything else but tell your brain to activate that muscle, making the lines and wrinkles even more evident.
- Choose a reputable and experienced practitioner
Where the Botox is injected can affect its effectiveness. It should be injected into precise targets of specific muscles.How the Botox is mixed up, or reconstituted, will be a factor in how long it lasts. A reputable Practitioner will reconstitute the Botox as prescribed and never use over diluted Botox, like some which offer so called ‘Cheap Botox’!
Frequently asking about the different between Botox and Filler. Botox or Filler, which one is better?
If you want to rejuvenate your skin and want a younger look, then latest non-surgical cosmetic treatments can help you. The most popular treatment are Botox and Dermal Fillers. But these two treatments serve for the different purposes.
1. Botox is a muscle paralysis agent
2. It decrease the facial motion by paralysing the muscles
3. Removes the fine line and wrinkles, crow’s feet and neck bands
4. Ideal for dynamic wrinkles for eg. lines between eye-brows
5. Effects can last 4-6 months
FACIAL FILLERS :
1. Fillers are the injectable gels comprised of hyaluronic acid
2. It enhance the facial volume & shape
3. Erases the under-eye circles and depression, increase fullness of lips by lifting up the skin
4. Ideal for static wrinkles for eg. smile lines
5. Effects can last for a few month to years
So, what are the differences between them and how to choose that which treatment will be most suitable for you? The factors need to be considered while choosing the treatments : severity of wrinkles, location of wrinkles, and desired treatment goals. Happy treatment!