Botox is a toxin that contains a purified protein known as Botulinum obtained from bacteria. It has three primary uses:
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Reducing underarm sweating
- Muscle contraction control
The procedure sounds scary but is completely harmless when carried out by a certified professional. It has been proven to be a helpful restorative treatment when the prescribed amount, the rate of therapy and the range of treated clinical conditions are taken into account. When the injection is administered wrongly it could result in muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, breathing and speaking, vision issues and bladder control problems. It is packaged in the form of powder and is mixed with briny water to make it injectable.
How the toxin circulates in your body
The toxin will only stay in the injected area. If you have an injection on your face, it will only work on your face. However, it can move up to three centimeters from the injected area. In case the molecules enter your bloodstream by mistake, the cosmetic dose used is considerably small and cannot be harmful to your health.
The injected area could swell
After the injection, you can continue with your normal routine immediately. However, you could experience some swelling on the injection site because it is diluted with briny water. This type of bump usually subsides within an hour or two. After a few hours, the remaining swelling should disappear.
The injection can cause bruising
In some cases, though less likely, bruising could occur particularly in the hands of an inexperienced specialist. It is good to note that whether or not one gets bruised, proper technique can help to reduce the likelihood. If you inject the needle deep into the skin, very frequently you can injure a blood vessel. What you do after the procedure can determine what effects you will get: Do not massage the injected areas; this will cause the toxin to move to other areas of your body.
Botox makes your skin smoother
The toxin contracts the muscle reducing the chances of pulling on your skin, thus reducing facial animation. However, when an area is injected, it can take three to four days for you to notice the muscle contract.
- It should not be used by people who are allergic to Botulinum toxin
- It should not be injected into an infected area
- It is not safe for individuals with bladder infections or who are unable to urinate