Many of patients in Beverly Hills are looking to reduce pesky wrinkles and frown lines to restore youthfulness to the face. Neurotoxins such as Botox, Xeomin and Dysport are widespread substances used for cosmetic treatments that make skin look younger and more appealing. These three substances have similar effects, although Botox remains the most used one. Botox was FDA approved for this purpose in 2002, while Dysport and Xeomin came in later in 2009 and 2011.
This substance is derived from protein found in a bacterium known as Clostridium Botulinum and it affects muscles and skin, causing them to relax and let go of the stubborn wrinkles and lines. The effects of this treatment can last up to three or four months, depending on the amount injected and the quality of the treatment in general.
Proteins from the substance block muscle activity, causing muscles to loosen up and relax, making the lines disappear. The area where the substance is injected undergoes temporary changes. The treatment must be repeated when the changes start to fade in order to prevent the reversal of the wrinkled skin. For the injection of the substance, doctors will use a small, fine needle. You may experience temporary discomfort in the injection area, which will pass shortly.
The duration of the treatment effects cannot be certain, as it depends on the amount injected, the person’s skin and overall health. The results may vary from person to person, but in general, they should last for at least two months. If lines start to appear in less than two months, the person should visit their injector for a touch up appointment.
As with any procedure, the Botox treatment does come with possible side effects. Those include both the minor side effects that can easily be dealt with and the more severe ones which could cause health issues. Whether you will be experiencing any side effects depends on how you take care of yourself before and after the treatment. We will discuss what you need to do before the treatment to avoid these side effects.
Among the less severe side effects are swelling and bruising, which are also the most common ones. Swelling of the injection site can also be expected and is very normal. However, if the swelling appears on other areas of the skin, you should visit your injector for further treatment. To relieve the swelling and bruising, gently apply pressure on the area and use ice to soothe the skin.
Make sure not to massage the area unless you actually have a swelling because otherwise you could cause the skin to bruise. Arnica gel and tablets can help solve this issue, but make sure to consult your doctor before using them. The bruising may take up to two weeks to subside, in which case using makeup can help with the aesthetic part of the issue.
Other less dangerous side effects include flu like symptoms, heaviness of the eyebrow and headache. These symptoms are the body’s natural response to this treatment and they are considered to be normal. When it comes to more severe and rare side effects, one could experience allergic reactions, difficulty in breathing or swallowing and weakness in the body. If you experience any of these side effects, you should immediately visit your doctor in Beverly Hills.
It is important to mention that people with any type of allergic reactions, as well as people with infections at the treatment area and pregnant or nursing women should not undergo this treatment for health safety reasons. If you don’t fall into any of those categories, here is what you can do to prepare for the Botox treatment in order to avoid any unwanted side effects: