botoxFine lines, frown lines, crow’s feet – by whatever names they are called, a few minutes of Botox can smooth out wrinkles on your forehead, in-between your eyes and of course the age-revealing crow’s feet. This is a non-invasive medically approved treatment that requires zero downtime. That means you can drop in it at the doctor’s clinic and erase those signs of aging on your way home from work. Yes, it is as simple as that! Using a very fine needle, Botox is injected into the facial muscles responsible for those annoying wrinkles, totally relaxing them and reducing their ability to contract. What is more, you will be out of the clinic right after the procedure feeling refreshed and radiating confidence in no time.

What is Botox?

Botox belong to a group of medications that use various forms of botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze muscle activity. Botox injections are generally known for their ability to reduce prominence of facial wrinkles. Botox improves the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and moderate to severe crow’s feet in adults. It is the number one selling product of its kind in the world.

How it works?

Certain chemical signals from nerves are blocked by botulinum toxin injections, mostly signals that result in muscle contraction. Botox injections work by weakening or paralyzing certain muscles or by blocking certain nerves. Principal use of this injection is to temporarily relax the facial muscles that are responsible for the unsightly wrinkles and fine lines such as:

  • Frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Crow’s-feet, the lines that fan out from the corners of the eyes
  • Forehead furrows

What is lesser know is Botox is also used to cure a host of conditions that affect how the body functions such as Cervical Dystonia, Muscle contractures, Hyperhidrosis etc.

What it involves?

First, you have to consult a doctor who will prescribe the medicine. It should be a face-to-face meeting, not telephonic or via web. They will ask your full medical history and the reasons for going ahead with botox before carrying out the procedure. More often the doctors themselves will administer it, but sometimes they will delegate this task to another person experienced in botox. Usually local anesthesia is not given. Your skin is cleaned and small amounts of botulinum toxin are injected into the muscles of the face to be treated. More than one injection is commonly needed at different sites. The injections may be a little painful, but the pain is quite tolerable.

There won’t be any visible difference straight away. It will take about three to five days before the injections produce results and upto two weeks for the full effect to be seen. Avoid massaging or rubbing the injected areas for the next three days. You can start your normal daily activities right after the procedure. There could be a slight swelling in the injected site, but it will go down within an hour. The effect generally last for about six months. If you want to maintain that effect, you need follow-up shots.

Advantages of Botox

  • Botox treatment takes only minutes
  • Botox can temporarily alter your appearance without the need for surgery
  • No systemic effect.
  • It won’t make the area go numb
  • As the injected muscle can no longer contract, it also prevents new ones from forming


Botox is completely safe as long as it is administered by a licensed professional.
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