The search for aesthetic procedures has grown a lot in recent times. According to research carried out by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), the five main non-surgical procedures are botulinum toxin, hyaluronic acid, hair removal; non-surgical fat reduction; and photo rejuvenation.
Facial rejuvenation and Botox are non-surgical interventions to maintain a younger face and diminish expression lines. Despite the popular practice, it is essential to research details about the desired process and the chosen clinic. Next, see how much botox costs and how it works.
Botox: How Does It Work?
Botox such as V-shape botox (โบ ท็ อก หน้า เรียว which is the term in Thai) is nothing more than a botulinum toxin on the face, which serves as a muscle paralyzer. The application causes a blockage of the passage of acetylcholine to the muscle, which, for this reason, does not contract anymore. In this way, muscle contraction is hindered, promoting the smoothing of dynamic wrinkles on the forehead, eyebrows, and the well-known crow’s feet. The result remains for approximately 6 months, and after that, it needs touch-ups.
What Are The Effects And Risks Of Botox?
Like any other procedure, aesthetics also has effects or possible adverse reactions that, when they occur, are usually revealed in the first days after application. Because it is an intramuscular injection, botox can cause pain at the site, acute sensitivity, or an infection in more severe cases. In general, the risks of botox are:
- Blepharospasm/hemifacial spasm (involuntary facial movements);
- Cervical dystonia (irregular posture and involuntary movements);
- Stroke in adults;
- Focal spasticity of upper and lower limbs (undesirable movements);
- Pediatric cerebral palsy;
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating);
- Overactive/neurogenic bladder (urinary incontinence);
- Chronic migraine (chronic migraine).
What is the recovery time?
The procedure takes a few minutes and the recovery period is also not long. Recovery time depends on each patient and how each body reacts to botox. The swelling, redness, and local pain usually disappear within 24 to 48 hours. The result appears on average 3 to 7 days later. As mentioned above, the application wears off over time and generally requires touch-ups every 6 months. People with more sensitivity can use anesthetic ointments during recovery. All patients must follow the care specified by the physician.