The widely popular non-surgical cosmetic therapy called Botulinum toxin treats muscle disorders as well as paralyzes muscles to reduce the growth of wrinkles. This minimally invasive injectable uses botulinum toxin type A to immobilize the muscles. Botulinum toxin is obtained from a neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin. It is found in the bacterial organism Clostridium botulinum. This bacterium can be found in any natural environment in a dormant state. But after a stage, it starts manufacturing the toxin. This toxin causes an illness called Botulism which is a deadly disease as it targets the central nervous system and you may die from respiratory failure. This bacterium can also be found in the intestinal tract of mammals and gills of shellfish and crabs.
Therefore, Botulinum toxin is a potent poison. Just 1 gram of the toxin can kill over a million people. But if properly used, we can put it to several good uses. Not only muscular problems, but Botulinum toxin also treats severe migraines, bowel problems, excited bladder, and profuse underarm sweating. It is reported that more than 6 million Botulinum toxin treatments are doled out each year.
Botulinum toxin is administered by mixing the powder in saline. It is then injected directly into the tissues. Botulinum toxin is a non-surgical minimally invasive technique. Thus, there is no question of incision and sutures. There is no need for anaesthesia but if you are overcautious then a local anaesthetic may be administered to numb the surface of the area.
Botulinum toxin is a quick and simple procedure. It can be completed within 10-20 minutes. The botulinum toxin blocks the nerve signals momentarily. This aids in the reduction of wrinkles between the eyebrows and the area surrounding the eyes. Your surgeon will inject botulinum toxin type A for 3-5 times on either side of each eye. The toxin prevents tensing of the facial muscles that restrict the growth of new lines.
It generally takes 1-3 days and a maximum of 5 days for botulinum toxin to take effect.
Preparations to take before the procedure
Unlike surgery, Botulinum toxin Cosmetic does not need any big preparation. Your surgeon or licensed physician will need to know your medical history, past surgeries, allergies, intake of herbal supplements, addiction to tobacco and alcohol, etc. Certain medications and drugs e.g. drugs containing aspirin are to be shunned as they increase the risk of bleeding and bruising. Patients who have an allergy to the drug should not be allowed the toxin. Pregnant women also are not allowed.
You will need to disclose your expectations from the treatment to your physician. Before the procedure, you need to wash the treatment area and get rid of all the makeup (if any)
There is hardly any downtime for Botulinum toxin treatment. You can go to work and resume your normal routine almost immediately.
However, you must be careful of not touching or applying any sort of pressure to the concerned area. This can result is the toxin spreading to other areas of the body leading to serious complications. When Botulinum toxin is done between the eyebrows, you cannot lie or bend over for a stretch of 3-4 hours. This might lead the toxin to trickle into the eye socket resulting in saggy eyelids.
The results are almost immediate. You will need to wait for only 2-7 days to see the effect taking place. The full effect of the treatment can last up to 4-6 months.Additional Botulinum toxin injections are given to maintain your results.
Contourshyd, located in Hyderabad, is a medical facility specialising in cosmetic & aesthetic surgeries. They have several highly qualified surgeons and physicians who are the best in India when it comes to cosmetic treatments.
The cost depends on the type and magnitude of the wrinkles. Generally, crow’s feet cost less than Nefertiti Lift and jawline lift. It ranges between 6,000 INR – 20,000 INR per session.