Made from a biological neurotoxin called botulinum toxin, Botox is produced by a species of bacteria known as the Clostridium Botulinum. Masseter Botox has multiple uses like treating various muscular conditions, excessive sweating and wrinkles, to name a few. It works by paralyzing the underlying muscles. This act of paralysis helps in the reduction of the fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is one of the most common and popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure.

Who is a good candidate for the procedure?

You need to be at least 18 years of age with concerns in a variety of areas of the face like the crow’s feet, laugh lines, frown lines, drooping eyebrows, a widened jaw and smoker’s lines to name a few. Any adult who is in good health and not breastfeeding or pregnant is a great candidate for the treatment.

How much does it cost?

The price of the botox is dependent on various factors. The qualification of the injector can affect the price, a nurse typically charges less than a doctor injector. Price of the botox is either dependent on the unit or the area which you are planning to get treated.

How long do the results last?

The results of the botox usually last from 3 to 4 months. However, the average length of the longevity of the result differs from individual to individual, certain factors will either increase or decrease the resulting period. Diet, facial structure, age, skin condition and sun exposure can affect the longevity of the results.

How to prepare for the treatment?

When you are going for the botox treatment you don’t have to worry about bringing about any changes to your life prior to the treatment. In order to minimize the risk of bruising, then it is best to avoid aspirin or any medication which may contain aspirin.

What are the side-effects, risks and complications that are involved?

Inflammation, swelling, redness and pain at the injection site are some of the most common side effects. Itching, rashes, welts and dizziness can be some signs of an allergic reaction. However, most people are able to tolerate the treatment very well. Out of all the patients who undergo the treatment only about 1% develop antibodies which target the toxin, which makes the following treatments ineffective.

What to expect during the treatment?

During the procedure in order to administer the botulinum toxin, the powder is diluted in a saline solution, after which it is directly injected into the muscle. Very small needles are used in the treatment, which will often leave you without any pain or with minimal pain. This minimal pain can be further avoided with the help of the use of a numbing cream or an ice pack for about 10-30 minutes prior to the treatment. This will help you to not feel any pain at all.