People always look for acceptance and appreciation. They want to both feel and look good when they are in public. As a social being, we do tend to place a high value on how people perceive us when we are in public. We want people to accept us and even like us. This need has fuelled a few industries that are dedicated to making the user look good and healthy. A part of this industry deals with products that aim to be a remedy to signs of ageing. A major product in this category is Botox.
What is Botox?
Botox is the brand name for botulinum toxinA, a highly toxic substance that is derived from a kind of bacteria. It has proved to be a highly effective way to combat fine lines and wrinkles that appear on the face. It is administered as an injectable. Botox when directly injected into a muscle paralyses it for a few weeks. Most of the prominent fine lines and wrinkles that appear around the top portion of the face happen due to the muscle contractions that occur under the skin. When these muscles are paralysed, the lines they cause to appear on the skin start to disappear. This effect lasts from three to six months. After this period the effects wear off and the muscles become active again. At this point, the lines and wrinkles start to appear again. This is the point at which the user needs another dose of Botox if they want to keep their appearance free of fine lines and wrinkles.
Fear about Botox
There is a fear among users or potential users that Botox when it wears off, makes the fine lines and wrinkles worse than how it was before they started their treatment. Botox does not fix fine lines and wrinkles indefinitely. After a user gives up using Botox, the muscles that had been paralysed would start working again. Once the muscles are active again they would cause the fine lines and wrinkles to appear again. When a person who has been using Botox for a while notices these lines, they are surprised as they are not used to seeing those lines on their face. The sudden appearance of lines can be worrying to someone who cares about their appearance. The consistent use of Botox usually makes its effects last longer. As the muscles lose their strength it becomes easier to paralyse them during the next time and the effects of later dosages are known to last longer. Hence it becomes difficult to accurately predict how long the effects will last.
Botox does not worsen the problem
The myth comes from personal experiences where people forget how they looked before receiving the treatment and when the lines appear again they feel like it’s worse than it used to be. There is no truth to this rumour. In fact, the opposite may be true. Botox users are ideally supposed to renew their dosage as it keeps wearing off. Even when they don’t the facial muscles are slightly weaker and take a little time to regain their full range of functions. Also since they were paralysed temporarily the person would use them less often since that would be their habit. Hence contrary to the perception that Botox worsens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it actually helps in keeping them away even for a while after the effects have worn off. Fine lines or wrinkles caused by other factors like loss of volume in the face cannot be treated through Botox. To fix a problem arising from loss of volume in places like the cheeks or chin dermal fillers can be injected. This is a different issue with a different solution. Botox and dermal fillers are used together to work on different areas of the face simultaneously. The effects of dermal fillers last longer depending on the type of filler that is used.
Prominent things to consider
There are a lot of other issues that may arise out of a process that was not done correctly. If you were using the service of a provider or a practitioner who is under-qualified, that could be the reason behind a lot of problems. A difference in dosage may not weaken the muscle enough to see the required benefit. An injection in the bloodstream instead of the muscle could lead to muscle weakening in a different region. This is known to cause problems like a droopy eyelid or difficulty in swallowing.
Thus, it is the primary responsibility to choose a qualified practitioner for the process.