Ever Wonder What Happens to Your Body When You Get Botox?
A wrinkle is like being stuck in a massive traffic jam on Sheikh Zayed Road—annoying but kind of inevitable. But unlike a traffic jam, which does eventually die down, wrinkles don’t just go away. That’s why we decided to explore and understand what exactly happens when you get Botox.
Botox is a neurotoxin, which sounds alarming, but is perfectly safe—as long as it’s made and administered by a licensed professional. Botox as a drug is produced by a poison (botulinum toxin) secreted by a bacteria known as clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin has proven to be a successful and valuable therapeutic protein when dosage, frequency of treatment and variety of treated clinical conditions are considered. When it’s done wrong, it can cause muscle weakness, trouble breathing, speaking or swallowing, bladder control issues, and vision problems. This is reason enough to not go bargain hunting for Botox. In its natural form, it comes as a powder, and your doctor dilutes it with saline to make it an injectable. By using saline, they’re basically watering down the poisonous effects of the drug. So once the chemical kicks into action, it is effectively blocking nerve transmission to nearby muscles, basically freezing the area. After the injection moves from the skin and into the desired muscle, the nerves there are blocked, which means that the muscles can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften and also helps prevent new ones from forming.
Did know that botox may migrate up to three centimetres from where it was injected? But even if some molecules were to go into the bloodstream and travel to distant sites in the body, the cosmetic doses should not cause any issues. Be careful to check if the injection site swells or gets red or bruised. This shouldn’t happen if you and your doctor are careful. Expect to resume your normal daily activities right after the procedure. Be forewarned, though; swelling could result in a bump but that should mostly go down within an hour. Within several hours any residual swelling should be gone. Take care not to rub or massage the treated areas, as this can cause the toxin to migrate.
In a few days (usually three to seven), you’ll have noticeably smoother skin and it will also prevent future wrinkles from forming. This treatment is good for about four months until the solution dissipates and the treatment is needed again. We have found people using botox for more than just wrinkles and frown lines as it is used to treat a variety of conditions such as migraines, muscular disorders, bowel disorders, muscle stiffness, muscle spasms, overactive bladder, and to stop excessive sweating. Botox has various benefits but it also comes with complications if not done right, so make sure you get treatments only at certified and reputed clinics for the best results.