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Botox injections are the fastest-growing cosmetic procedure amongst middle aged, 30 to 40 years group. The active drug is Botulinum Toxin Type A Purified Neurotoxin Complex. The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, often referred to by its product name Botox, is a popular non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. Botox is also effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscle spasms in the neck and eyes. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) in 2004, more than 1.8 million people received injections, an increase of 36 percent over the previous year. More popular than breast enhancement surgery and a potential blockbuster, Botox is now regarded by many as the ultimate fountain of youth.
The procedure entails injecting 0.1 or 20 to 25 units of the drug into the muscles causing the facial wrinkles. The procedure time is about 5 minutes and no anaesthesia is required. Sensations of the procedure are often described by the person as small pin prick or ‘like a mosquito bite’. Onset of action is instantaneous and by next day total effect is seen in the form of smooth wrinkle free skin. The wrinkle free effect lasts up to 6 months maximum.
As we age there is deflation and sagging of the face due to descent of face tissues due to gravity, fat absorption and lack of collagen.
Fillers are substances used for filling up deflated areas over the face and wrinkles thus improving
There are several brands of fillers available like Juvederm, Esthelis, Fortelis, Restylene, Zyderm, Sculptra, Radiesse. These are made of substance that is natural constituent of the skin. There job is to replace hydration at different levels of skin or directly replace the collagen which is basic building material of the body.
Like Botox, fillers are also a simple procedure and takes about 15 minutes. The results are instantaneous and further improve in next 7 days. There is no downtime and one can resume normal work immediately.