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Botox Injections

Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin and these injections block certain chemical signals from nerves, that cause muscles to contract. Botox injections are noted primarily for their ability to temporarily relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes.

Botox injections are used for both cosmetic and therapeutic treatments. Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin, which blocks the nerves that contract muscles under the skin. Botulinum toxin is used in the treatment of an overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, chronic migraines, spasticity, neck spasms, excessive underarm sweating, eyelid spasms, crossed eyes, and drooling. Botox injections may also help prevent chronic migraines.

They are also used for the treatment of facial lines and wrinkles, which when injected into muscles temporarily improves the look of severe forehead lines, crow’s feet lines, and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults. 

Signs & Symptoms: 

Botox injections are used when the following signs and symptoms are exhibited:

  • Bladder dysfunction with a strong need to urinate, leaking accidents, and urgent and frequent urination.
  • Chronic migraine.
  • Muscle stiffness in elbow, wrist, finger, thumb, ankle, and toe muscles. 
  • Abnormal head position and neck pain as in cervical dystonia.
  • Lazy eye – imbalance in the eye muscle or abnormal twitching of the eyelids.
  • Hyperhidrosis - excessive sweating which is not connected to high temperature or exertion.
  • Severe wrinkles on forehead or corners of the mouth, crow’s feet lines, and frown lines between the eyebrows, bunny lines on the nose or chin that appears “cobblestoned”. 

Diagnosis: 

Botox injections are made from the bacteria that cause botulism which are toxins that blocks nerve activity in the muscles. Botox injections are non-surgical. Have a discussion with your dermatologist and schedule a session for the injection. After understanding your symptoms, our specialists will decide whether administering Botox injections, is the right treatment for you. 

  • Our dermatologists will first ensure that you do not have an infection in the area which is to be injected. 
  • Also, if you’re being treated for urinary incontinence then it is important to be checked for urinary infection.
  • Our doctors will check your existing medication and if you’ve taken these injections earlier in order to rule out allergies.
  • This treatment is contra-indicated if you’re taking blood-thinners, you’re pregnant or you’re breast-feeding.

Treatment Options: 

  • Botox injections are popular for reducing of facial wrinkles. This medicine is injected into a muscle at intervals of at least 3 months and may be injected into more than one area at a time, depending on the condition being treated.
  • Treatment for eye muscle conditions - eye drops, ointment, and a protective contact lens is required to protect the surface of your eye.
  • Treatment for excessive sweating - shave your underarms about 24 hours before your injection. Avoid exercise, hot foods or beverages and use of deodorants before the injection.
  • The effects of Botox injections are temporary. Your symptoms may return completely within 3 months. After repeat injections, your symptoms may return sooner, especially if your body develops antibodies to the botulinum toxin.

Risk Factors: 

Botox injections are considered to be safe when given by an experienced doctor. However, there may be some side effects like dryness of the eyes, drooling, droopy eyelid, pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site, headache or flu-like symptoms.

Doctors generally recommend against using Botox injections when you're pregnant or breast-feeding. And they should not be taken by persons who are allergic to cow's milk protein.

Avoid taking blood thinners and ensure that these wrinkle treatments are only done by a doctor certified in dermatology or plastic surgery.

 

FAQs:الأسئلة الشائعة:
  • What is the function of Botox injections?

    A: Botulinum toxin injections block certain chemical signals from nerves, mostly signals that cause muscles to contract. When used cosmetically, this temporarily relaxes the facial muscles that cause wrinkles, including forehead furrows.

  • What happens if I take Botox injections regularly for a few years, but then stop? Will my wrinkles return and look worse than before?

    A: Botulinum toxin injections usually begin working a few days after treatment. The effect may last up to three months or longer. To maintain the benefits of this treatment, you need regular follow-up injections. If you decide to stop using Botox injections, your wrinkles will go back to the way they were. Your face will not become more wrinkled as a result of Botox injections.

  • What are the side-effects of taking Botox injections?

    A: While Botox injections are relatively safe when given by an experienced doctor, side effects and complications can occur, including pain and bruising at the injection site and temporary muscle weakness.

    Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Botox injections like hives, itching, wheezing, difficulty breathing, swelling on your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

  • Who can give Botox injections?

    A: It’s very important that you consult a qualified dermatologist and take injections only at a hospital or medical centre. It is not advisable to get Botox injections at spas or beauty centres.

  • Will I experience any discomfort from the injections?

    A: No, Botox treatments are quick and cause practically no discomfort. Usually anaesthesia is not required. You can continue your normal routine right after the injection.

  • When will the effects of the injections be visible?

    It usually takes 3-5 days after the injections, to see visible changes.