Nobody really wants to look old, losing whatever beauty you have, and/or getting wrinkles and lines. However, nature is unforgiving and most of us will just have to deal with it. Some people grow old gracefully and feel comfortable in their skin, calling every wrinkle a chapter in the story of their life. Others really don’t like it and will invest heavily in continuing to look young, for instance by searching for Orange County Botox injections.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a highly diluted and purified form of botulism, which is a microbe. In this form, and injected at the right dosage, it stops muscles from moving. As a result, they can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, as those are caused by the facial muscles contracting. Botox Cosmetics was the first company to offer this treatment, although more companies now exist.
When injected, chemical nerve signals to certain muscles are stopped, thereby relaxing the muscles. It is most commonly used on crows’ feet, frown lines, and forehead furrows. However, it can also be used in the neck, chin, nose, or around the mouth for instance.
Botox is incredibly popular with men and women alike because it allows them to retain some of their youth. While the majority of Botox patients are women, just over 10% of men in this country also use it, and these figures are rising. Usually, the treatment takes around three days to truly take effect, and it lasts for around four months.
Botox and Health
Botox was originally developed to treat certain health problems, including migraines, overactive bladder, blepharitis, neck spasm, lazy eye, and excessive sweating. In these cases, however, different amounts of Botox have to be injected. Regardless of why you have Botox, however, you must have it done by a professional because, although considered a safe procedure, there are some inherent risks associated with it.
Botox Side Effects and Risks
Overall, Botox is a very safe procedure so long as it is performed by a trained professional. However, even the safest procedures can sometimes go wrong. Some of the most commonly described more serious side effects include:
- Drooling or crooked smile.
- Flu type symptoms and headaches.
- Excessive tearing or eye dryness.
- Swelling, bruising, or pain around the injection site.
- Cockeyed eyebrows or droopy eyelid.
None of these side effects are dangerous, however. That said, if you experience any of the following problems, which is very rare, you need to seek immediate medical attention:
- Trouble breathing.
- Vision problems.
- Loss of bladder control.
- All over body muscle weakness.
- Difficulty speaking or swallowing.
Speaking to Your Physician
If you want to have Botox injections, you must speak to a specialist before. Tell them if you have had any other type of cosmetic procedure, including Botox, over the past four months. Additionally, if you are anemic or have any other condition, you not be eligible for the procedure until you have stabilized that condition. This is just to avoid other, more dangerous problems.