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Sunday, December 4, 2011

BOTOX for Wrinkles and Anti Aging

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Botox Treatment - Dr Niketa - Dermatologist - New Delhi

What is Botox?
Botox is a natural purified protein derived from the Clostridium bacterium. It works as a muscle relaxant. It is used to relax the aged or hyperactive muscles of the face and neck to soften and fade wrinkles and sometimes, to change the contours of the face. With repeated sessions the hyperactivity and bulk of the muscles reduces and so does the dose requirement of Botox.
Botox not only fades existing wrinkles but also puts a ‘pause’ on the aging process preventing new wrinkles from appearing. The aging process resumes from the paused point onwards whenever the treatment is stopped.

Which age lines does Botox work on?
 Frown lines - between the eyebrows
Worry lines - across the forehead
Crow’s feet - at the outer corner of the eyes
Bunny lines – on the nose
Non surgical brow lift – for eyes wide open or fresh look
Drooping corner’s of the mouth – sad face
Smoker’s lines / Whistle lines – around the mouth
Gummy smile – to reduce the gum show while smiling
Popley chin – to soften excessively dimply chin
Jaw shaping / slimming – to make a square face look oval
Nefertiti lift – for a sharp jaw line and a slim long neck
Neck bands – also known as chicken feet

Is it a painful process?
Botox is injected into the tiny muscles of the face with a very fine and small needle. Furthermore this is done using ice as a numbing agent or after application of an anaesthetic cream for a few minutes. You do not feel anything while the treatment is being done.

How long does the procedure take?
The actual procedure takes 5 - 10 minutes only. If the anaesthetic cream is applied, it takes an additional 15 minutes.

When is the improvement visible?
The effect starts becoming apparent in about 3-4 days as it takes some time to reduce the muscle hyperactivity. 

How often does the treatment need to be repeated?
Since this is a natural protein, our body knows how to metabolize it and therefore the effect fades off after 4-6 months. Ideally, the treatment should be repeated once in 5-6 months. Persons who start undergoing Botox for preventive-aging around their mid 30’s, may require Botox only once a year.

Will I lose all my expressions and look artificial?
Botox when done by an experienced Dermatologist looks as natural as yourself when you were 10 years younger. You will still have the right amount of expressions and no age lines! Stiff face generally happens when the dose of Botox is not correct. Some people e.g. Celebrities facing the camera request for such a dose as it gives a tight and shiny look on screen.

What happens if I do not want to repeat or continue the treatment?
It is not a compulsion to take repeated treatments, it is absolutely alright to try it once and repeat it only if you feel like repeating it. Botox does not cause accelerated aging when the treatment is stopped it merely ‘un-pauses’ it.

Is Botox used for underarm sweating?
Botox can also be used to reduce excessive sweating in the underarms and thus prevent body odour and wet stains on clothes. The results last for about a year.

How safe is this procedure?
This is a US FDA approved procedure. That means it has the highest standard of safety and efficacy. It does not harm the skin or body; neither in the short term or long term. But it has to be done by a qualified and trained Dermato-Cosmetologist who has in depth knowledge of the subject.

Are there any adverse effects of the treatment? Is it safe for Diabetics and Hypertensive patients?
If the treatment is done by a well trained and experienced Dermatologist there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Avoid supplements containing Vitamin-E, Fish oil, Evening primrose and Asprin (in hypertensive patients) a week before your treatment. If you are Diabetic then check that your sugar levels are in control. And lastly, always plan the procedure at least 2 weeks ahead of any important event or meeting in order to achieve the complete and best results. 

Keep looking beautiful.
Dr Niketa
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