Ageing is a natural irreversible process. It leads to many physical, mental and psychological changes in human beings. As humans grow older they grow wiser and calmer, but they also develop wrinkles, loose skin and a variety of body aches along the way.
Wisdom is a great addition, but wrinkles are an unwanted one. Thankfully, medical science has found the answer in Botox and fillers. Botox treatments help in restoring a youthful face and bring back the fresh, happy glow the person had before wrinkles took over.
Dr. Ashish Davalbhakta, our chief Plastic Surgeon is writing this blog to dispel myths about the Botox treatments and to help you in understanding “What is Botox?”, “What are the benefits of Botox?” and “What are the risks associated with Botox treatments?”
What Is Botox?
The name Botox is actually the name of the brand that creates Botox injectable liquids. The liquid is produced from Clostridium botulinum, an organism found in the natural environment where it is largely inactive and non-toxic.
There are three main formulae that create the botox that is used in cosmetic treatments:
For our blog, we will be referring to all of them simply as Botox.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is a neurotoxin, which when used in the right quantity can relax facial muscles. Essentially Botox stops the signal sent by the brain to the muscles, which means the muscles don’t move. The temporary pause in the movement of the muscles leads to a pause in the creation of wrinkles.
When Botox stops the muscles from developing wrinkles it makes the appearance of the face younger and smoother. Patients who get Botox treatments often say that their skin even grows softer post-treatment.
It is important to note that Botox is an ideal treatment for dynamic wrinkles and not static wrinkles. At Aesthetics Medispa, Pune, we always explain to our patients the difference between static and dynamic wrinkles, before they decide to opt for a Botox treatment.
Dynamic wrinkles are those formed by facial movements, such as squinting (think crow’s feet), smiling (think smile lines) and furrowing of the brow (think forehead wrinkles and frown lines). Botox is a quick, safe and effective solution for these wrinkles.
Why Do Patients Opt For Botox Treatments?
The main reason why patients opt for Botox Treatments is its miraculous effect on wrinkles. The correct use of Botox immediately transforms the patient’s face into a young and wrinkle-free one!
Botox injections are well known for their relaxing and anti-ageing effect on wrinkles near the eyes, between the eyebrows and the most common frown lines. Tiny doses of Botox injections are effective and minimally invasive. Botox helps in eliminating the wrinkles frown lines and crow’s feet completely resulting in a well-rested rejuvenated look to the face.
Some of the off-license cosmetic uses of Botox are –
Of course, we have discussed the cosmetic uses of Botox, now we would like to draw your attention to the other uses of Botox.
Botox is a great cure for:
Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Botox?
Please note, that your face at the time of the procedure needs to be free from any infection. In case you have a skin infection, your dermatologist will ask you to postpone the treatment until you are free from the infection.
Who Is The Right Doctor For Botox Treatments?
A Botox Treatment does not only affect the look or feel of your face but also your overall physical and mental wellbeing. Therefore, choose your doctor wisely.
Following are some pointers that might help you in your decision:
What To Ask Your Doctor During Your Consultation?
A one on one consultation with your doctor is the foundation for the Botox Treatment. We at Aesthetics Medispa believe that this consultation will help you as well as the doctor to figure out the treatment schedule and what you need.
During your consultation, you can discuss what you expect from the surgery and how the doctor is going to help you achieve it. A thorough meeting before the surgery reduces the chances of disappointment post-treatment since you and the doctor are both on the same page with the objectives.
Following are a few questions you can ask during the consultation:
What Happens Before The Treatment?
The doctor will ask you to take some routine blood tests in the week before the treatment. He may also ask you to discontinue some of your regular medicines to avoid any conflicts with the injections. If you are a smoker then you will have to give up smoking in the few weeks leading up to the procedure.
What Happens During The Treatment?
Botulinum toxin is administered by diluting the powder in saline and injecting it directly into neuromuscular tissue. During the procedure, your doctor will use a thin needle to administer 3-5 injections of Botox. It takes 24-72 hours for botulinum toxin to take full effect.
The procedure is virtually painless and comfortable.
What To Expect Post-Treatment?
Your doctor will recommend icing the treatment area after the procedure. This will stop swelling and any pain you may experience.
Avoid rubbing, massaging, or applying any pressure to the treated area. These actions can cause the Botox to spread to other areas of the body. This can negatively affect your results.
Apart from this, there are no other precautions that need to be taken. The patient can resume their normal activities within hours of the treatment.
An important point, that most doctors do not mention is that Botox is not permanently effective. It is only temporary and if the patient wishes to have an anti-ageing effect, he/she will have to undergo this treatment in recurring cycles.
What Are The Risks Associated With Botox Treatment?
As with every medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with botox treatments too. Please note that the risks are low and rarely observed in patients. But as a patient, you need to be aware of the risks and safety issues that may arise due to this procedure.
Some of the possible risks due to botox injections are:
In case you are uncomfortable or find your symptoms to be unbearable and aggravating, then immediately get in touch with your doctor.
What Is The Cost Of Botox Treatments In India?
The cost of this treatment depends on various factors such as:
Therefore, one cannot write down a ballpark figure for this surgery. The actual cost estimate will be given to you by your surgeon after your consultation.
Does Health Insurance Cover Botox Treatments?
Unfortunately, no health insurance covers this treatment because it is a cosmetic medical procedure.
Botox treatments are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world. The effectiveness of this treatment has propelled more and more people to give it a try. Most patients are extremely satisfied with the results. Botox injections restore not only a patient’s youth but also their confidence in their looks and personality.