Does Botox Prevent Wrinkles?
Botox is highly purified toxins that can temporarily erase or reduce horizontal forehead lines, vertical frown lines, and crows-feet.
"The injections slow muscles that contract hundreds of times a day, eventually etching lines in the skin," says New York City plastic surgeon Michael Kane, author of The Botox Book (St. Martin's Press). Botox can also lift the corners of the mouth that sag with age, smooth out the "pin cushion" look in some chins, soften smoker's lines around the mouth, and soften vertical neck cords.
Will Botox Make Me Feel Numb and Look Frozen?
It will not affect the nerves that cause the sensation or make you feel numb. When it is used correctly, it can lift the brow to give an appealing and sincere look. "But if too much is injected into the danger zone—the horizontal lines in the forehead—you can look Spocked, as in Spock from Star Trek," says Jean Carruthers, a Vancouver eye surgeon who, with her husband, Alastair, coauthored the first paper on the cosmetic benefits of Botox in 1989. That's why it's important to be treated by an experienced doctor who can judge the size of your muscles and how much Botox you will need.
Like most injections, botox can be slightly painful, especially between the eyebrows. Some doctors offer topical anesthesia ten minutes before the procedure or ice the area to numb it.
Does botox have side effects?
Every drug has side effects, and botox is no exception. Luckily, they tend to be minor and short-lived, according to Kane. in one to five percent of cases, there can be mild droopiness of the eyelid or eyebrow, which usually goes away within two weeks, and some patients experience slight bruising.