The word Botox is no longer something strange or even new; however, very few people understand what it actually is. Worse even, many wrongly believe that it is dangerous.
Dr. Husain Mahdi, Consultant Dermatologist at Royal Bahrain Hospital, clarifies that this isn’t true. “Botox is very safe and is not harmful to you. The only danger would if you were to attempt to inject yourself or go to an uncertified professional for an injection. Even side-effects are uncommon, limited to rare bruising which disappears or a slight headache that fades away.”
Readers will know that Botox is a non-surgical cosmetic therapy that treats wrinkles, mainly frown lines (on the mid forehead), crow’s feet (side of the eyes or cheeks) and neck folds. “Botox is also used to treat a condition called Hyperhidrosis, which is excessive sweating in the armpit and hands.”
He explains that Botulinum Toxin (which is shortened to Botox) is a toxin produced by bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. The injection works by decreasing nerve signals to muscles, helping them to relax. Botulinum Toxin is mixed with saline (salt water) and then injected. “You may to receive 5 to 10 injections serially into a group of muscle which controls frowning and wrinkling using a very fine needle attached to a small syringe.”
Dr. Mahdi explains that the procedure only takes a few minutes and is relatively painless. “Like any medical treatment, there are after-care steps you must take. Sit upright for 3 to 4 hours, and try not to rub or move the muscles during this time, so as to give time for the effects to activate.”
Contrary to popular belief, the effects are not instantaneous; they will start to take effect within three to four days after the injection. By the second week, full relaxation of the muscles will take place. The anti-wrinkling effect lasts from 4 to 8 months only, depending on the individual. Gradually the wrinkling muscle function returns and the wrinkles reappear. “In order to maintain desired results, you will need repeat treatment after the effects have worn off.” An alternative to going under the knife, Botox is the perfect swift solution for a younger look.
Dr. HusainAli Mahdi [BSc, MD, CABD] is a Consultant Dermatologist at Royal Bahrain Hospital’s Royal Aesthetic Center. To book your appointment, call 17246939 or visit www.royalbahrainhospital.com