Is It Possible to Make Botox Wear Off Faster?
Botox is something that everyone has heard of these days, whether it be your favourite celebrity having their regular botox injection, or someone in your friend group who has her wrinkles erased with this cosmetic injection, you will have come into contact with botox in some context.
Botox obtained a bit of a bad reputation in the late 1990s and early 2000s, which was when it really took off, and many celebrities were sporting that unfortunate, stretched and shiny forehead look that put a lot of people off.
This leads to people asking if botox can be reversed, or the wearing off process hastened.
Let’s have a look at this, and some of the other questions surrounding botox.
So, What Is Botox?
Botox is an injection that effectively paralyses the muscles in a certain area.
Botox is the shortened version of it’s full name - Botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin is a protein derived from a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, which is better known by the name Botulism.
Botulism derives from food that has gone off, and is particularly associated with food that has not been jarred or canned properly. Botulism leads to muscle paralysis, and in some circumstances even death.
Botulinum toxin comes from Clostridium botulinum, and therefore has some of the same effects - in this case paralysing muscles, but without the side effects of risking your life.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox works by preventing a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine from being released within the body.
When this neurotransmitter is blocked, it prevents the muscle from contracting, and paralyses it, which prevents wrinkles from forming.
Botox can be used in various areas of the body, depending on what you're trying to achieve. Botox is widely available around the world, such as at Alparetta's most famous Botox injection aesthetics clinic.
Does Botox Hurt?
Botox injections are given within a clinical environment, either at a doctor's surgery, or at a cosmetic clinic that is specifically geared towards giving these kinds of treatments.
This treatment can be given within an appointment, and no specific aftercare is really needed, and you can carry on with your day relatively normally.
Botox is administered with a syringe and hypodermic needle, so there is a small amount of pain associated with giving the injection, which should wear off within around half an hour of having the injection.
Some people report a ‘crunching’ type noise as the product is injected, which can be slightly disconcerting, but this is normal, and nothing to worry about.
Common side effects associated with botox injections are sensitivity, bruising and swelling at the injection site, headaches and nausea. Your clinician will make you aware of all of the possible risks and side effects before your appointment. If you are at all concerned, always seek medical help.
How Long Does Botox Last For?
Botox injections generally start to take effect within a few days, and the full result should be seen at between seven and fourteen days post injection.
Once injected, the effects of botox can last anywhere from three to six months, with the average being around four months.
The length of time botox lasts, however, depends very much on the area being treated, and the individual themselves.
Can The Effects Be Made To Wear Off More Quickly?
In short, no. Once botox is injected, there is no way of removing it from the system. There are also no reversals for botox.
Botox cannot be dissolved with other agents, and it is impossible to remove it from the human body.
The only thing to do, is to wait and be patient. Just as botox takes a little while to take full effect, so it takes time for it to completely wear off, sometimes up to six months.
What Is Botox Used For?
When botox was first used as an injection, it was used to treat problems with the eyes - namely crossed eyes (strabismus) and extreme, uncontrolled eyelid twitching (blepharospasm).
During some of the injections for these purposes, the paralysing effect on the muscles that cause wrinkles were noticed, and further research was done.
Botox is still used for medical purposes, most notably to treat hyperhidrosis which is a condition when the patient sweats excessively, most notably from under the armpits.
This condition is very embarrassing and extremely uncomfortable, and botox injections help the symptoms when injected into the armpits and paralysing the sweat glands, and reducing the sweat produced.
A second condition that botox really helps with is an extremely painful, life altering condition known as cervical dystonia.
Cervical dystonia is characterised by the sudden and extreme cramping of the muscles of the neck, causing the head to twist. Botox helps to stop the muscles doing this by paralyzing them.
Cosmetically, botox is most commonly used on areas of the face. Most commonly the glabellar lines, and the crows feet, which are the two areas most people have the most noticeable wrinkles that make them unhappy.
These are just some of the ways botox can be used both medically and cosmetically, but there are many other applications as well.
Will Insurance Pay For Botox?
This is a question that can only really be answered by individual insurance companies, as each differ with their policies.
However, most insurance companies will not pay if botox is being used for cosmetic uses. No matter how much we feel like we need botox to make us feel better about ourselves, if there is no medical need, insurance companies won’t pay.
If however, it is being used to treat a medical condition, such as hyperhidrosis, cervical dystonia or urinary incontinence, among others, then there is a good chance the insurance company will cover the costs, as it is a medically necessary procedure.
However, always check with your insurer, never assume they will pay out.
If you decide you do want to get botox, make sure you thoroughly research your clinic and clinician first, and have a thorough consultation with them to make sure the procedure is right for you.