When you have to take off years from your face, the most common solution that comes to mind for many is Botox. Even though its cosmetic use is well-known now, many people are apprehensive about going for this treatment thinking it will make them look unnatural and plastic-like. Is that really true? Well, the answer is both yes and no. Anything done in excess will have its side-effects but when done properly and in moderation can do wonders for your skin. But, there are some pointers to keep in mind before you opt for a Botox treatment.
Who should opt for it
What many people may not know is that Botox is botulinum toxin which is purified and sterile and is safe to use. It can be used for medical as well as cosmetic purposes. Cosmetically, it is used to lighten wrinkles and tighten the jawline. Also, patients who have a broad lower face can narrow it with the use of Botox. Dermatological conditions like hyperhidrosis (i.e. excessive sweating), bromhidrosis (fowl-smelling sweat) and open pores.
Who shouldn’t do it
In the treatment, a few units of Botox are injected into the area which needs to be treated. The number of units used depends on the area and so does the cost. Once injected, it relaxes the muscle. In case of cosmetic use, the wrinkle disappears due to this action. A Botox treatment on the face or neck takes about 15-20 minutes but the results are only visible in about 2 weeks.
How side-effects appear
Many fear that the treatment will make them look unnatural and that the skin will lose its sensitivity. Using the right amount is the key to looking beautiful. Another reason for side-effects is when the treatment is performed by an unqualified person.
How long does the effect last
The effect of Botox wears off in 4-6 months so a repeat session is recommended after every 6 months if you wish to maintain your current look.