Fans of the series The Real Housewives or readers of magazines who showcase celebrities are more than likely familiar with Botox. The purpose of its use is so aging cannot be detected on the individual’s face. It also works to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Whether we like it or not, celebrities are role models. So, it is not surprising, then, that common everyday people are using Botox, too.
Though a large mass of people uses it, there are still questions as to the safety of its use. The treatment has grown a bad reputation, and this stops people from using it. They think there is a risk of a bad reaction or worse happening. To know whether Botox is the right decision, you need to know all the facts, both good and bad.
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How Does It Work?
Originally, Botox was not for cosmetic use. The main purpose is for conditions concerning the muscles. It is now more commonly used cosmetically. It works by preventing the tissue from contracting. That is why a rolling joke associated with the treatment is it prevents you from smiling, which, essentially, it does.
How Should I Prepare For The Procedure?
For your safety, you need to do some things a week before having Botox. You should stop taking certain medications such as aspirin, anti-inflammatories, St. John’s Wort, and high amounts of Vitamin E supplements. This is to prevent bleeding and bruising risks. Also, do not drink before a week before going to the Botox clinic for the procedure or you may not see the result you are hoping to.
What Ingredients Are In Botox?
The ingredients in Botox are Clostridium botulinum type A neurotoxin complex, Albumin Human, and sodium chloride. The combination of these ingredients makes up the constricting property Botox has. It may be because of the fermentation process it goes through. Talk to your doctor about any medications or existing allergies you have to ensure you don’t have an adverse reaction to the treatment.
The FDA has approved Botox since 2002, so you can rest easy knowing it is properly regulated.
Who Should Be Administering It?
Every state within the United States has its regulations of who can inject Botox. Depending on your state’s laws will determine if a board-certified doctor has the only authority to do the procedure in their Botox clinic or if any trained beauty professional, such as in a salon, can do it. It is recommended, though, you go to a physician for the best and safest results.
What Are The Side Effects?
The side effects of a Botox treatment are rash, swelling, fatigue, redness, itching, dizziness, and fainting. To lessen the chances of any side effects, do not lay down 3 to 4 hours directly after having Botox done. Do not touch your face using your hands, like you would when putting on your makeup. Do not scrunch up your face and until all swelling has subsided, stay away from the tanning booth and direct contact with the sun.
With all the knowledge you know about Botox now, you can decide if it is the right procedure for you.