Botox is a substance engineered by Allergan in labs with clostridium botulinum bacteria to smooth out the skin to reverse some of the visible signs of the ageing process, and provide a more youthful appearance.
Botox temporarily relaxes and weakens facial muscles, making lines and wrinkles on the skin’s surface less prominent. This magical substance is entirely safe, and it works by blocking nerve signals to the muscles so that the injected muscle cannot contract anymore. Moreover, it is FDA-approved to treat crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead lines, lip lines and bunny lines on the nose, chins, and neck bands. Also, when Botox is injected above the upper lip, it can create a lip flip.
Other than cosmetic applications, Botox has also some medical usage. It can treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating on the underarms), lazy eye (known medically as strabismus), chronic eyelid twitching (blepharospasm), chronic migraines, other types of muscle spasms, and vaginismus.
What is a Botox lip flip?
Botox lip flip is a growing lip augmentation trend that uses a microdose of Botox (about two units on either side) to relax the muscles in the upper lip. In this case, the upper lip will flip out slightly to provide natural-looking results that appear within five to ten days and last up to three months.
Since it will not create the same volume as injectable lip fillers or the dramatic results of a surgical lip lift, botox lip is a popular option for people seeking a more subtle improvement in their lips.
Who should not get Botox?
- People who are hypersensitive to any botulinum toxin.
- People who have an infection at the injection site need to clear it up first.
- It is not recommended for people with a neuromuscular disease (like multiple sclerosis or myasthenia gravis).
- It is not recommended for pregnant women.
Note: Tell your doctor or injector about any drugs, flu shots, prescription antibiotics, supplements or vitamins that you are taking.
Are There Different Types of Botox Injections?
Botox is the brand name given to the substance injected into the facial muscles, and over the years, it has become a general term for the treatment itself. However, there are other brands available, such as Dysport, AbobotulinumtoxinA, Xeomin, etc.
How Does Botox Injection Work?
- Before you undergo Botox treatment, you have to consult with a qualified specialist to discuss your specific medical history. Not everyone is a suitable candidate for a botox treatment, as it can worsen certain underlying health conditions. Therefore, before your doctor administers the first Botox injection, you will be asked again about any medications you are taking and your current state of health.
- Then, the Botox specialist will clearly identify the areas of your face that need treatment. A cleansing agent will also be applied to these areas to lessen the chances of infection. At this point, you might be offered something to numb the target areas before your doctor administers the injection.
- Whenever you are ready and comfortable, your doctor will use a thin needle to inject the Botox directly into your facial muscles. You may require up to three injections in certain areas of your face. Also, you might feel some pain and swellings right after each injection which its level may decrease with a combination of pressure and ice.
Potential Risks and Side Effects:
Clinical trials have proved that Botox is safe, with minimal risks and side effects. However, some people are concerned that Botox is derived from the botulinum toxin that temporarily interrupts the nerve signalling between muscles. This so-called “pretty poison” can have real risks in the wrong hands. Therefore, it is crucial to find a qualified and well-trained injector.
If you visit an unqualified injector, you may face serious complications such as breathing, speaking, and swallowing problems. Moreover, there is also a risk of unintentionally spreading into other areas that will cause drooping eyelids, crooked eyebrows or a lopsided smile. However, results are never permanent and will gradually disappear over three to four months.
Do Botox injections hurt?
Since the needle used for Botox injections is very thin, you will experience only a brief twinge of mild discomfort. If you are sensitive, you can request a topical numbing cream beforehand.
What should you avoid after Botox?
The most crucial thing you have to know is how to reduce the risk of spreading Botox to other areas. In this regard, you should follow these instructions:
- Do not lie down for 90 minutes.
- Do not exercise for 24 hours.
- Do not rub the treated areas for four hours.