A cosmetic Injectable is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure which uses the botulinum toxin to induce muscle paralysis and make lines and wrinkles less obvious. Results are usually seen within 3-5 days and only the treated muscles will be affected by treatment. Unaffected fascial muscles will work as before to allow normal expression of the face.
This procedure should be carried out by a trained specialist as if not done correctly, you can be at risk of harm. Botulinum toxin is a prescribed medication that should be given by a trained specialist in a clinical environment. The skin is cleaned and small amounts of the toxin are injected into an area of the face. Usually several injections are given at different sites to cause the required effect.
There is little preparation needed before the procedure however to reduce the risk of bruising it is advised to avoid taking aspirin. If you have been prescribed medication you should talk to your GP before stopping it. Smoking also increases the risk of bruising and therefore it is advised to stop smoking before and after your procedure. Any pre-existing medical conditions causing muscle weakness, swallowing, speaking or breathing difficulties should be mentioned to the specialist who is carrying out the procedure.
Most people can go home and continue with normal activities although it is advised not to exercise or lay down for 4 hours after the injections. It takes around 3-5 days for results to show.
Like all procedures, there are risks to this cosmetic treatment. If you feel unwell after the treatment and have symptoms such as a rash, fever, swelling or pain go to your GP or local Accident and Emergency department as these may be signs of an allergic reaction. If you feel muscle weakness throughout your body, vision, swallowing of breathing you should go to Accident and Emergency immediately as this can be dangerous.
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