Do your facial wrinkles make you feel older than you are? Botox injections can help make those lines and wrinkles less obvious and improve your self-confidence. Manama, Bahrain dermatologist, Dr. Nedhal Rahman Khalifa, shares some information about the popular cosmetic treatment.
What is Botox?
Botox comes from the a toxin that is produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Although injecting a toxin into your face might sound a little risky, the toxin is purified before it's injected and is extremely safe. Botox works by temporarily relaxing the muscles in your face. When you receive an injection, the impulses that instruct your muscles to contract are blocked, which helps smooth out wrinkles in the skin above the muscles.
How do dermatologists use Botox?
Botox is useful in treating a variety of cosmetic issues, including:
- Wrinkles around your mouth
- Vertical lines that look like the number "11" between your eyes
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Crow's feet
The toxin is also used to treat a number of medical conditions, such as severe underarm sweating, chronic migraines, overactive bladder and eyelid spasms.
What happens during my Botox appointment?
Your Manama skin doctor will evaluate the condition of your skin, discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about Botox treatment. Once treatment areas have been identified, he or she will inject Botox into the facial muscles. In just a few minutes, you'll be free to carry on with the rest of your day. It usually takes a little time to notice the full effect of treatment, but in a week to 10 days, the treated areas will begin to look less wrinkled.
Is Botox a long-lasting treatment?
You can generally expect your skin to remain smoother for approximately three to six months after you receive Botox treatment. If you don't continue to receive injections, the effect of the toxin will eventually wear off, and your wrinkles will reappear. Scheduling regular appointments will help you enjoy the full benefits of this innovative cosmetic treatment.
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