Botox procedure is named as such because the filler that that is injected into patients is the toxin, Botulinum. “Bo” comes from botulinum and “tox” from the word toxin. Although the botulinum toxin is one of the main causes for food poisoning that one can get from expired canned goods, the amount injected into patients is just very small; it is just enough to relax some muscles in your face to erase the aging lines.
Botulinum Toxin in large amounts is enough to cause paralysis but the few shots that are used for cosmetic surgery will just prevent muscle contraction. It was approved by FDA many years ago to treat strabismus and blepharospasm or uncontrolled blinking. In 2002, cosmetic surgery discovered that it can also be used to decrease frown lines, furrows in the forehead and wrinkles, thus a big popularity of its cosmetic usage has occurred since.
There are some side effects that one can experience after undergoing the surgery. Headache and flu-like symptoms occur for a few weeks as the body responds to the introduction of the toxin. Patients will also experience drooping of eyelids especially when the toxin is injected to the face near the eye. The drooping of the eyelids may last for weeks and in some cases for many months. These side effects are not very dangerous as long as the procedure is correctly done by a licensed cosmetic surgeon.
When planning to obtain the surgery, one needs to discuss the procedure with a reliable cosmetic surgeon. Preparatory lab tests are done to determine if the patient is allergic to botox treatment. If discovered that the patient is not a good candidate, the doctor will refuse to give the surgery to the patient and will offer other treatment options instead.
If you are eligible for the surgery, you need to be prepared. Bear in mind that after the procedure, you need to stay away from too much sun exposure. You should also know that this treatment will only last for 3-4 months and after that, you will need another shot of the toxin.
The cost of this surgery usually ranges from $150 to thousands of dollars, depending on physician services and the brand of the botox used. If you happen to find bargain prices on the surgery, be wary. It may not be very effective or it can even be dangerous for you. Some cheap treatments on botox present more side effects than those that are given by trusted and licensed cosmetic surgeons. To be safe, be sure you have enough money for the surgery and that you will only approach credible physicians.