What is Botox?

Botox is a purified protein derived from the process of bacterial fermentation. It has been used in cosmetic dermatology for the last 40 years. It is extremely safe and effective for facial enhancement especially of the upper face. Many people have the misconception that botox is a toxin and hence, harmful to the body. However, Botox has been used in many medical conditions like muscle spasticity, strabismus, migraine at much higher doses and has been found to be extremely safe. The product has been used in the market for the last 40 years in the form of millions of injections, and it has a high satisfaction rate

Indications

In today’s hectic lifestyle with added stress and pollution, wrinkles start appearing on the face at a very early age. On the upper face, these take the shape of Forehead lines, Frown lines and Crows Feet. The horizontal lines on the forehead are called worry lines which give a very tired and anxious look to the face. Frown lines appear between the eyebrows and give an angry look, while crows feet appear on the side of the eyes and give an aged look. All these three conditions can be treated effectively by the use of Botox. The procedure is tailored to suit the requirement of the individual patients.

Procedure

After consultation with the concerned doctor, the part to be treated is anesthetized with the help of a numbing cream for 20 min. It is then injected with Botox using an insulin syringe at the desired areas. The procedure has no down time and the patient can go back to their routine activities. The results take up to two weeks to appear and last for at least 4 to 6 months

Side effects

  • Discomfort or pain at the site of injection can occur for 3-4 hours
  • Minor side effects noted are bruising, especially around the eye area which takes 3-4 days to resolve.
  • A rare side effect is a drooping eyelid which resolves with the use of eye drops in two weeks time.

Contraindications

Botox is avoided for people with certain muscular disorders like Myastheniania Gravis, ALS and Eaton Lambert syndrome . It is also avoided in people on antibiotics like Gentamycin. Pregnancy is also a contraindication for this procedure

Other Uses in Cosmetology

Botox can be used in people with excessive sweating in the axillary region. It can also be used for masseter hypertrophy in the lower face and in the neffertti procedure of the neck

So go ahead. If you desire to get your natural youthful look back, walk in for a consultation at Aster Clinic, Dubai Silicon Oasis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Anuj Taneja

Specialist Dermatologist

Aster Clinic, Dubai Silicon Oasis

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