Botox is the most common, and one of the top five nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed to remove facial wrinkles worldwide. Not only celebrities but commoners too go for this procedure to regain a youthful appearance.
Botox is a trade name for botulinum toxin A. It is used to eradicate glabellar lines, crow’s feet, frown lines, and furrows in the forehead. It is also approved to treat medical conditions like ocular muscle spasms, problems with eye coordination, severe armpit perspiration and migraine.
How Does Botox Work?
Signals that our nerves send to the muscles are blocked by Botox. The muscle, which has been injected by Botox can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. But Botox cannot get rid of permanent wrinkles, it can just soften them. Also wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox.
Alcohol should be avoided at least one week prior to treatment. Aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs should also be stopped two weeks prior to the treatment, in order to reduce bruising.
It takes about only15-20 minutes and few tiny facial injections to relax a muscle just under the wrinkle and fade it away. Significant improvement on the face is seen within 7 to 14, which can last upto 4 months. Given the time it takes and results it provides millions of people across the globe go for this treatment.
Side effects of Botox:
With the benefits come the side effects too which include:
• Blurred vision
• Dry mouth
• Voice changes
• Speech problems
• Difficulty in breathing and swallowing, in severe cases it may result in loss of life.
• Droopy eyelids
• Double vision
• Allergic reactions
• Swelling of the mouth or throat
• Redness at the injection site
• Blinking problems
• Bleeding behind the eyeball
• Pain in the facial muscles
• Tooth problems
• Flu like symptoms, such as a fever and chills
• High blood pressure
Some of these side effects last for about a week and some may wear off in around 6 weeks. But some of these side effects are potentially serious and should be reported to a medical professional soon.
Pregnant women or women who are breast feeding, alongwith people who are taking antibiotics are recommended not to use Botox, as they have increased risk of adverse reactions.
Before going for this treatment a proper consultation with a reputed doctor is a must.
Below are the pictures of some celebrities rumored to have taken the Botox injections. Have a look and decide it for yourself.
1. Gauri Khan
3. Hema Malini
5. Angelina Jolie
6. Jennifer Aniston
7. Amir Khan. Always remember Botox is not just for ladies.
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