To kick things off, we would like to give you a definition of Botox so that you can get a better understanding of what it’s all about. And then we will explain why some people get Botox and what you can expect from the procedure. This should give you an overall look at Botox from many angles and help you determine if this is what you need or not.
Definition of Botox
The word Botox is actually the shortened version of two separate words – Botulism toxin. When getting this procedure done, you will receive Botox injections that temporarily paralyze the activity of muscles. Botulism is a type of food poisoning, and there is a microbe that it produces that can cause the paralyzing affect.
Many individuals prefer to get Botox injections over a traditional facelift. This substance is very beneficial to many people because it has the ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But that’s not all.
Did you know that Botox injections can also help with other medical conditions? It is great to help treat neck spasms known as cervical dystonia, it can help with hyperhidrosis a.k.a. excessive sweating, and it can help people with crossed eyes and an overactive bladder. Some believe that it is even beneficial for the prevention of chronic migraine headaches.
As you can clearly see, Botox injections are for more than just cosmetic treatments. But the majority of the time that people receive injections of this type is because they are undergoing a cosmetic procedure.
Why Do Individuals Get Botox Injections?
We briefly touched upon this in the last section, but we would like to provide more details so that you can get a better understanding.
Most commonly, people will get these injections to temporarily relax the muscles of the face. When the muscles of the face are relaxed, it can help to reduce or even eliminate the signs of aging. Botox injections play a role in helping with:
- frown lines
- crows feet
- furrows in the forehead
- laugh lines
Other ways that Botox injections are helpful:
- cervical dystonia – this is a painful condition in the neck that is often relieved through botulism toxin
- lazy eye – this is often caused by an imbalance in the muscles in the eye and botulism toxin injections can help to balance them
- hyperhidrosis – this condition involves excessive sweating and Botox can help to relieve the symptoms
- bladder dysfunction – Botox reduces urinary incontinence and an overactive bladder
- chronic migraines – those who experience migraines for 15 days a month or more will benefit from this treatment since it helps reduce headache frequency.
Botox Before and After Pics and Video
There are several ways to receive Botox, although injections seem to be the most common. They are:
- cold spray – with this treatment a blast of cold air is sprayed on the area of the skin for 10 seconds and numbness ensues
- creams – a prescription cream is used to numb the area 60 to 90 minutes before the procedure
- injections – the doctor will inject numbing Botox into your skin to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles
These are the key things to understand about Botox. Below is a full video of a before and after botox treatment.