Botox is an FDA-approved drug that causes muscles to relax temporarily. While it’s mainly used to reduce facial wrinkles (glabellar frown lines), it’s also used to treat cervical dystonia, temporarily correct crossed eyes (strabismus) and eyelid spasm (blepharospasm). Additionally, it’s used to treat excessive sweating of hands, feet, and underarms (primary focal hyperhidrosis). As a cosmetic product, Botox helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused by the contraction of facial muscles. Specially, Botox injection causes the target muscles to relax, reducing wrinkles on the overlying skin. Botox injections help reduce the wrinkles that appear on your face whenever you laugh, smile, or frown. Here are facts to know about Botox procedures for seniors.
Are Botox Procedures Safe for Seniors?
For over two decades, Botox procedures have been used to effectively and safely treat both neurological and ophthalmologic disorders. The effects of Botox typically last up to 6 months. People who are over the age of 65 can safely undergo Botox procedures if their general health is good. However, due to the age-related changes to the skin, the multifactorial origins of wrinkles in seniors as well as the elevated risk of side effects due to medications and concomitant diseases, you and your doctor should conduct a risk-benefit analysis before you opt for a Botox injection.
How Does it Work?
Botox (Botulinum toxin type A) is a neurotoxin that disrupts the nerve signaling processes which are responsible for stimulating muscle contraction. This is how Botox triggers temporary muscle paralysis. For muscles to contract, the nerves discharge acetylcholine (a chemical messenger) at the point where muscles and nerve endings meet. Acetylcholine attaches to muscle cells’ receptors and triggers shortening or contraction of the cells. Botox injections block the release of this chemical messenger — acetylcholine — and consequently prevent the contraction of muscle cells. The toxin thus makes muscles less stiff.
What Botox Injection Entails
Botox is injected into a target muscle group or area of the body. Injections are usually done after every 3 to 6 months because the effect of Botox eventually wears off once your body has naturally broken down the solution. The number of injections you’ll need is hinged on the kind of effect your want to achieve as well as your physician’s recommendation. To receive a Botox injection, you should consult certified medical professionals who are experienced in conduction Botox procedures.
Side Effects of Botox
While Botox procedures rarely cause side effects, potential side effects include, among others, facial asymmetry or temporary muscle weakness. These side effects typically last for no more than a few weeks and vary from one patient to another depending on factors such as the injection site and a patient’s health status. The most common side effect is a minor and temporary bruise on the injection site.
Botox procedures allow you to rejuvenate your skin without undergoing intrusive interventions such as surgery. You also don’t lose much time on recovery after treatment. Individuals who sweat excessively on their feet hands and underarms can also experience a significant boost in confidence (no more soaking shirts with sweat, shaking hands with sweaty hands, or ruining paperwork with sweat).