Botox is a protein made from Botulinum toxin, although it is a toxin but when doctors use it correctly and in small doses, it can have benefits. It has both cosmetic and medical uses.

Botox Cosmetic is an injectable drug that temporarily paralyzes or weakens muscle. This reduces the appearance of facial wrinkles. A Botox treatment is minimally invasive. It’s considered a safe, effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles in the following areas:

  • the area between the eyebrows (glabellar region), to treat moderate to severe frown lines
  • around the eyes, commonly known as crow’s feet lines

Also, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved it as a treatment for various health issues, including eyelid spasms, excessive sweating, some bladder disorders, and migraine.

Procedure

The doctor will use a thin needle to administer 3-5 injections of botulinum toxin to the targeted areas. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. It takes 24–72 hours for the toxin to take effect. Rarely, it can take as long as 5 days for the full effects to show. They may last 3–12 months, depending on the treatment. To maintain the effect, you'll need regular follow-up injections.

Risks & Side Effects

Botox injections are minimally invasive and are relatively safe when performed by an experienced doctor. Minor bruising or discomfort may occur, but should improve within a few days.

Possible side effects include:

  • Mild pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site
  • Headache
  • Droopy eyelid or cockeyed eyebrows
  • Eye dryness
  • Dry eyes
  • Allergic reactions, such as rash, or itching

Who shall not attempt Botox?

  • People who have a sensitivity or allergy to it
  • If they have an infection at the injection site
  • In case of pregnancy or breast-feeding