To date, Botox® still amazes scientists worldwide on how effective it can be in reducing frown lines and wrinkles. It is the only product of its kind that has been approved for facial use. During Botox® treatments, the facial muscles responsible for frowning are usually injected with the Botulinum toxin in very small amounts. The doctor uses tiny injections in order to gently administer the cosmetic into the facial muscles.
As a result, the Botox will enable these muscles to relax by blocking the chemical that causes them to contract. Thus, reducing the appearance of frown lines. You should always ensure that you get Botox injections from a qualified practitioner so that the treatment doesn’t affect your ability to smile or show expression.
What Should I Expect?
Similar to all other medical procedures, you need to adequately prepare yourself before undergoing Botox® treatment. If you have decided to undergo this treatment then there are some things that you should avoid before the procedure. They include:
Avoiding the following a week before the treatment; Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Excedrin, vitamin A, vitamin E, fish oil and Motrin.
Twenty four hours before the injection, avoid massaging the areas that will be injected.
Avoid any strenuous activity such as running, cycling and weightlifting that can increase your blood pressure and heart rate.
You should also avoid taking coffee, alcohol and cigarettes.
During the procedure, you should remain calm and follow all the instructions that will be provided by the doctor. After the treatment, mild bruising may occur for some patients. You can expect the wrinkles and frown lines to fade after two to three days. Moreover, during the course of the week, you will be able to notice further improvements. The estimated recovery time ranges from one to two weeks. You can also visit the doctor within that recovery period for further diagnosis or in case any complications arise. The effects of this great treatment usually last for a duration of six months. However, in some cases, the treatment may last for a year.