There was a time when Botox was frowned upon, with only celebrities admitting to have gone through the procedure. However, today it has become a popular noninvasive procedure for a variety of health and skin problems.
In the UAE, nearly 3.18 million botox procedures took place in 2011, according to statistics released by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). In fact, according to the findings of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital, which conducted a review of aesthetic medicine trends in the Middle East for the first half of 2016, Botox was the most popular among the top 5 non-invasive cosmetic procedures, witnessing 53% year on year growth.
If you too have been thinking of this procedure, you’ll be happy to know that you are in stellar company, with Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Robert Pattinson, Robert Downey Jr. and many more having already tried and loved it.
So, How can Botox Help with Skin Problems?
The whole concept of utilizing Botox to combat skin problems predominantly stemmed from treating hyperhydrosis, a chronic sweating condition, triggered by extreme stress and anxiety. The treatment helps in blocking nerves in the sweat gland to prevent excessive perspiration.
Renowned New York-based dermatologist, Amy Wechsler, admits that she has injected Botox into different parts of the body, such as the forehead, scalp, underarms, palms, soles of the feet and more. The aim was to prevent excessive sweating in those particular areas for six months – and the results were phenomenal! Not only is the procedure approved by the FDA, it is also highly beneficial for people with skin-related issues.
How Does it Work?
A conventional procedure includes injecting extremely small doses of botulinum toxin type A, a protein extracted a bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum.
It acts by preventing the release of the neurotransmitter, Acetylcholine, often discharged by the nerves to trigger muscle contractions. And most importantly, the treatment needs to be done every four to six months, since the body becomes capable of breaking down the toxins and rekindle nerve transmissions.
The good news is that the procedure does not require any recovery time and has only some temporary side-effects, such as headache, muscle pain, swelling at the injection site, fatigue and dizziness. These effects wear off over time, but it is advisable to consult your doctor and keep him/her updated on your condition.
However, make sure you undergo the procedure at a skilled and experienced clinic, given that a neurotoxin is being injected into your body and should be done by a qualified professional.