What Is Botox?

Botox is an injectable muscle relaxer that uses botulinum toxin type A, specifically OnabotulinumtoxinA, to temporarily relax the muscle thus helping to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. This treatment is minimally invasive and is considered a safe and effective treatment procedure for fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
Botox treatment requires minimal preparation and is usually a lunch hour treatment. However, one needs to inform the doctors of any medical history, allergies or medical conditions before the procedure.

Botox injections and dermal fillers are unregulated in India. While there is an independent body who act as a watchdog over those administering treatment, there are still many injectors out there who are sub-standard and who use cheap products that have been tampered with or are not safe.

Choosing the right practitioner is crucial. You may find luring deals that offer wrinkle injections at very cheap rates or less, but we would urge those seeking treatment not to fall into this trap. It is possibly an untrained practitioner who is performing these treatments, or they are not using the products which they advertise.

Botox is a branded form of botulinum toxin. Many mistake the brand as a general term for the treatment, which is simply not the case. For this very same reason, many practitioners falsely claim that they use the branded product.
Not only do you need to feel comfortable with your practitioner on a personal level, you also need to make sure that you feel confident in their abilities, skills and knowledge. We always advise prospective patients to do their research and form educated decisions.

Cosmetically, the injectable can be used in the following areas: the area between the eyebrows (glabellar region), to treat moderate to severe frown lines around the eyes, commonly known as crow’s feet lines.

Before Treatment

To begin with you will be asked about the areas that you need treatment for. You would also need to fill in a consent form declaring any allergies or any medications that you might be taking that may adversely affect the treatment. The area to be treated will be cleaned thoroughly as you lie comfortably. A slight numbing agent will be applied topically to the area that would be injected. You would be administered 3-5 injections of botulinum toxin type A. It will be injected into the targeted area between the eyebrows. You will usually need three injections on the side of each eye to smooth out crow’s feet. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Minor bruising or discomfort may occur but should improve within a few days.

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What To Expect?

Botox works by temporarily blocking nerve signals and muscle contractions. This improves the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and between the eyebrows. It can also slow the formation of new lines by preventing contraction of facial muscles.

It is important to note that one must avoid rubbing, massaging, or applying any pressure to the treated area. These actions can cause Botox to spread to other areas of the body thus negatively affecting your results. When being injected between the brows, do not lie down or bend over for the next three to four hours as this may cause Botox to slip under the orbital rim leading to eyelid droop syndrome. There is little to no downtime expected after the treatment.

Post Treatment

You should be able to resume normal activities immediately in most cases.
It’s important to understand possible improvements and have realistic expectations. Noticeable results can be expected within 1-2 days post-treatment with peak results at 14 days. The full effect of this treatment typically lasts up to 4-6months.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Sessions Will I Need, And How Far Apart Can I Have Them?
Am I A Suitable Candidate?
Who Will Perform The Treatment?
What Areas Can Be Treated?
Is There Any Downtime And What Are The Side Effects?
When Will I See The Results?
Can Men Get Botox?
When Can I Drink Alcohol After Botox?
How Long After Botox Treatment Should I Wait Before I Touch The Treated Area?
What Is The Best Age To Start Having Botox?
How Do I Avoid Botox Making My Forehead Shiny?
Who Should Avoid Botox Treatments?
Other Than Expression Lines, What Can Botox Be Used For?