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Whether you are new to skin care or a pro, the name you cannot miss is Botox. Botox (a product of Allergan, Inc) is the miracle drug that fights gravity and time and restores the youthfulness on the face that one always wants. It is one of the most effective tools for preserving the beauty of the skin.

We age and our skin ages with us.  Fine lines, wrinkles, droopy skin, are the part of the ageing process but that does not mean they have to appear before time or we have to live with them because they are there. We form hundreds of expressions in a day and the repeated movement of the facial muscles causes formation of crow’s feet, forehead lines and furrows, smile and frown lines and a dull skin. Our body loses about 1% of collagen every year since the time we are born and its ability to replenish this loss diminishes as time passes.

Since we cannot stop making expressions, the next best thing is to opt for the non-invasive Boto injections. They are one of the most common cosmetic procedure done in the world and one of the most popular ones too.

What are Botox injections?

Botox injections are safe and effective way to reverse the signs of ageing without getting under the knife. Botox facial rejuvenation today can help you delay a surgical facelift in the future.

Botox or botulinum toxin is a type of a protein that is found in nature. It is produced by bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Its main function is to act as a neurotoxin in both cosmetic and medicinal uses. Though the Botox bacteria can be found in many places around us such as soil, forests and the intestinal tracts of mammals and some fishes.  It is a harmless therapeuticmolecule which when ingest can cause a condition called botulism which can cause toxicity. This is a highly potent compound and even 1gm of the protein toxin can kill over 1 million people. Hence it is highly regulated and is to be only administered by licensed professionals in a sterile environment.

Botox treatment in Mumbai has many different commercial preparations and is available in two forms:

Type A: This includes the brand names used for various cometic surgery and facial rejuvenation preparations such as onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox), abobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport), incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin), daxibotulinumtoxinA (Daxxify) and prabotulinumtoxinA (Jeuveau).

Type B:  this isrimabotulinumtoxin B (Myobloc) and is used to treat neck spasms.

Botox injections are crystalline form of Botox diluted with a saline solution for injection in the skin.

What can a Botox injection treat?

Many things. In the early the use of Botox started with a known treatment for some eye and movement disorders. But it was soon discovered that it is an excellent anti-ageing tool for men and women. It is now been over 50 years that Botox is being successfully used with FDA approval in treating various ailments. The cosmetic uses of Botox have been prevalent since the last 30 years.

Medical uses of Botox in Mumbai

  • Strabismus or the lazy eye syndrome or crossed eyes
  • Cervical dystonia also known as neck spasms
  • Wry neck
  • Excessive sweating i.e., hyperhidrosis
  • Chronic migraine headaches
  • Muscle contractures especially in cases of cerebral palsy
  • Involuntary twitching of eyes
  • Overactive bladder or bladder dysfunction
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Paediatric upper limb spasticity i.e., stiffness in body parts hindering with normal work routine
  • Blepharospasm
  • Muscle spasticity in adults
  • Pain management for back, neck, jaw, joints, sciatica pains
  • Neuropathy
  • Pelvic pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • TMJ pain

Cosmetic uses of Botox injections

They are used as an anti-ageing skin rejuvenation treatment for

  • Reducing the appearance of crow’s feet i.e., canthal lines
  • Minimizing glabellar lines that appear between the eyebrows and are visible as 11 when you frown or squint
  • Treatment of wrinkles
  • Minimizing lines on the corner of the mouth or smile lines
  • Reducing cobblestone skin on the chin
  • Treating horizontal necklace lines

Botox is also used in some hair treatments.

How do Botox injections work?

Our muscles move or function when they get a signal from the brains through the nerves to contract or expand. The messenger between the nerve endings to the muscles is a chemical called acetylcholine. Botox is a neurotoxin and it influences the nerve response to stimuli. When injected in the skin it blocks the chemical never signal by paralysing the nerve function. This way the muscles remain relaxed and don’t get the signals to contract or become stiff. This gives an instant smoothening effect to the entire face.

Botox injections are thin needle syringes that are injected into the skin or muscles of the face or the areas needing treatment. the number of units needed depends on the size of the area of treatment. In the hard to reach or tricky areas the cosmetic surgeon might take the help of ultrasound to guide the needle. Your dermatologist can treat several areas in one session of Botox treatment in Mumbai.

Why Botox injections?

There are many benefits of Botox treatment in Mumbai including

  • It is FDA approved for various cosmetic treatments
  • It is safe when administered by a licensed doctor
  • Its comfortable and relatively pain free
  • Non-invasive
  • There is no downtime
  • Has multipurpose uses that can be done in one session
  • Is an easy and affordable way to get rid of lines and wrinkles
  • Can be easily used with other facial rejuvenation treatments such as fillers and lasers
  • It is an excellent option for people who want to see how a surgical facial rejuvenation will look or are afraid of going under the knife.
  • It is a very low risk anti-ageing treatment

Botox injection treatment procedure

Botox treatment in Mumbai is an outpatient procedure and does not take more than 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete.

Before the Botox treatment

Tell your surgeon about

  • about your past history and the expected results
  • recent plastic and cosmetic surgeries
  • if you are taking any allergy medications, muscle relaxants or sleeping medicines
  • prescription blood thinners

During the treatment

  • the areas to be treated are cleaned with an antiseptic solution and sanitised
  • the dermatologist might use a numbing cream to lesser the sensation of pinprick pain.
  • the botulinum toxin is mixed with saline
  • the thin needle injection is then injected into the neuromuscular tissue.
  • Usually, the areas around forehead need about 4-5 injections and around eyes can be done with 2-3 injections. The neckband Botox treatment can need up to 20-50 units.
  • The cosmetic surgeon might massage the area a bit to ensure evens spread and prevent and reduce bruising
  • You will have to lie down for 2-5 minutes after the treatment is done and then you can go home

The results

The results take about 24-72 hours to show up and full results take about three days to show. The effects of Botox injections are limited only to the area treated and it does not spread through the body so that only the intended areas are targeted. Botox injections create a younger, happier, rested and natural pleasant expression without the facial movements being affected or looking unnatural.

Post procedure care for best results

Following the best procedure care will help you recover quickly and get the best possible results. Here is what you can do

  • Avoid recline and lying down 3-6 hours post the treatment. this will ensure proper diffusion of the toxins.
  • Do no massage, touch, or press the treated area immediately after the treatment. this can result in uneven distribution of the toxin
  • Do not do any strenuous activities for a few days post Botox injection treatment.
  • Avoid making too intense facial expressions or doing facial massages or exercising.
  • Bruising or swelling post the treatment will do down in a few days

Risks and side effects of Botox treatment in Mumbai

Botox is not a bacteria, it is a toxin that is produced by a bacteria and therefore there are no chances of the bacteria thriving in your body or making your sick. The amount used in the cosmetic and medical Botox treatments is a fraction of amount needed to cause any toxic poisoning.  The chances of following types of complications are very small:

  • Dry eyes
  • Muscle weakness
  • Bladder control issues and urinary problems
  • Pain and swelling on the injection side
  • Vision issues
  • Asymmetry
  • Headache and flu like symptoms
  • Problems in speaking or swallowing food

If you face any problems then contact your cosmetic surgeon immediately.

When to repeat Botox injections

Botox is a temporary solution and the results are visible for 3-4 months. Retreatment is needed to maintain the results. With regular treatments the muscles train themselves to contract lesser and lesser and hence the treatments can be spaced apart longer durations. Your doctor will let you know about the next treatment based on the needs of your skin.

Botox treatments are not suitable for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should also avoid Botox injections if you have a neuromuscular disease, droopy eyelids, infections. Botox might not be very successful in reducing advanced wrinkles and in people with of elasticity of the skin.

Botox treatment cost

Botox treatment in India is a very affordable treatment. The basic cost various from location to location and other factors influencing Botox treatment cost in India are

  • The type of Botox injection used
  • Cosmetic or medical purpose
  • The area of treatment or the number of areas treated
  • Location of the clinic
  • Doctor’s fees
  • Number of Botox units needed

Some clinics also offer a discounted packaged that cuts down the cost of Botox treatment in India if you book a set of treatment in advance. Cosmetic Botox treatments are not covered by insurance but the medical treatments might be covered by your insurance. Check with your insurance provider to verify the coverage.



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Is Botox treatment good for the face?

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Yes. Botox treatment for the face is an excellent way to get rid of the signs of ageing provided it is done by a certified and expert dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Botox is a miracle wrinkle remover. The trade name of Botox is botulinum toxin. This is the number one wrinkle removal treatment in the world.

Wrinkles are natural and everybody has them. They are formed because of expressions. When we laugh, cry, frown etc. the muscles under the skin contract and expand and causing fine lines and wrinkles to form on the skin. When one is young our skin is firm and the signs of ageing stay at bay but as we get older our skin loses about 1% of collagen every year and there is a loss of elasticity. As a result, wrinkles and lines start to appear and make us conscious of ageing. Since we cannot do a reset of the skin, we can opt for the second best thing and that is the Botox treatment for the face.

What is botulinum toxin?

Botox is a protein derived from botulinum toxin. As the name suggests botulinum is a toxin and can be dangerous to the body if taken in high doses. It is a neurotoxic derivative of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botox has both cosmetic and medicinal uses. C. botulinum bacteria is naturally present in many things around us such as soil, lake, forest and even in the intestinal tracts of mammals and fishes. In its natural form, this bacterium is harmless, but when the bacteria reproduce and their cell population grows then after a limit, they start producing Botulinum toxin.

When ingested Botulinum toxin can cause botulism. This mainly happens because of eating improperly processed food in which the spores survive and produce toxins. Even as little as 1gm of this toxin can kill more than 1 million people. However, for therapeutic uses, small amounts of Botulinum toxin are very safe to use and have few side effects. It comes under many commercial preparations namely

  • onabotulinumtoxin A (Botox)
  • abobotulinumtoxin A (Dysport)
  • incobotulinumtoxin A (Xeomin)
  • rimabotulinumtoxin B (Myobloc)
  • prabotulinumtoxin A (Jeuveau)

What is Botox used for?

Initially, Botox was mainly used for the treatment of eye disorders and movement disorders. But the miraculous discovery of the use of Botox in temporarily treating facial fine lines and wrinkles has made it the favourite of every cosmetic practitioner worldwide. An FDA-approved the treatment, Botox has been used safely for more than 50 years now and its cosmetic uses are more than 30 years old. Medially Botox is used for getting the patient  relief from

  • lazy eye
  • cervical dystonia
  • muscle contractures
  • hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • chronic migraine
  • eye twitching
  • bladder dysfunction
  • urinary incontinence

In its cosmetic uses, the most common Botox treatments include

  • minimizing crow’s feet i.e., canthal lines
  • minimizing the lines between eyebrows that look like 11 (glabella lines)
  • wrinkles
  • lines on the corner of the mouth
  • cobblestone skin on the chin
  • horizontal necklace lines
  • Hair treatments

How does Botox work?

When we form any expressions on our face our brain sends signals to the nerve to stimulate muscle contraction.  A chemical messenger called acetylcholine is used to communicate from the nerve endings to muscle endings to contract or expand. When Botox is injected into the skin it paralyses the nerves and stops the release of acetylcholine which inhibits the muscles from contracting and becoming stiff.

When the muscles are not able to contract, the skin cannot wrinkle and thus the facial lines are softened and less visible. It also slows down the formation of new lines as the facial muscles are not contracting.

Benefits of Botox

  • It is FDA approved
  • Safe
  • Comfortable and pain-free
  • Minimally invasive
  • Requires no downtime
  • It has multipurpose uses
  • Works well for lines and wrinkles
  • Can be safely used with other anti-ageing treatments such as dermal fillers for a facelift
  • Much more affordable than surgical facial rejuvenation procedures.

Results of Botox treatment

Botox is an outpatient procedure and does not require any anaesthesia. It is also popularly called the lunchtime procedure. The effects of Botox treatments last for about 3-6 months. Repeat treatments are needed to maintain the effect. Botox treatment gives instant results and will make your face look rested and younger instantly. There is a noticeable change in your appearance if you compare the before and after Botox photos. Post-Botox treatment the skin looks tight and taut and most fine lines and deep wrinkles become smooth. The skin feels visibly supple, healthier, and plump.

Botox procedure

The procedure for Botox anti-ageing treatments is very simple. The botulinum toxin is mixed with saline and injected into the neuromuscular tissue. The number of units of Botox needed depends on the area to be treated and the expected results. For example, frown lines need about 10-25 units where as treatment of neckbands can take up to 20-50 units.  Multiple areas can be treated in one session. The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes to complete. It takes about 24-72 hours for the effects to start showing and full results take about 3 days.

Post-procedure care

The patient can go home immediately after the procedure but there are some things to keep in mind

  • Do not recline for 3-6 hours post-Botox injections to avoid unwanted diffusion of the toxin
  • Do not try to massage or manipulate the treated area for 4 hours post-treatment. Otherwise, the results can vary and bruising can occur.
  • Do not exercise the treated muscles for 24 hours post-Botox treatment i.e., avoid smiling, raising your eyebrows or frowning.


Are you a candidate for Botox?

Any health adult male and female with realistic expectations is a healthy candidate for Botox anti-ageing treatments. However, Botox is not suitable for people

  • Who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have a bleeding disorder
  • Who are suffering from an infection


Preparing for Botox treatment

  • Before you proceed for the treatment make sure that you provide your doctor with a full medical history. If you have had any previous Botox or skin rejuvenation procedure you should disclose it.
  • You will need to be away from supplements and medications for a few days before the treatment. If you take medicines like aspirin or painkillers then it is a high chance that you might get bruising at the injection side. Skip the pills 2 weeks in advance before the date of the procedure.
  • Ask the doctor for a natural look and this way you can avoid looking ‘bland’ or ‘too made up’.


Botox treatment cost

The cost of Botox treatment depends on various factors such as

  • The purpose i.e., cosmetic or medical
  • The surgeon
  • The location
  • Number of Botox units needed

Botox forehead cost is different from the cost of Botox for smoothening crow’s lines. The cosmetic treatment is not covered by insurance and therefore it is best to discuss the detailed Botox treatment cost with your doctor before going in for the procedure.

Risks of Botox treatment

Generally side effects of Botox are uncommon. However, depending on who is giving the injections and the person’s response to it, Botox can have some unwanted side effects including

  • Dry eyes
  • Eyelid drooping
  • Upset stomach
  • Headache
  • Pain and swelling on the injection side
  • Urinary problems

If you face any such side effect then contact your doctor immediately.

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Dr. Rinky Kapoor- Best Dermatologists in Mumbai, India

Dr. Rinky Kapoor, Co-founder of The Esthetic Clinics, is one of the best dermatologists in the world & currently practices in Mumbai, India. Dr. Rinky Kapoor is a Consultant Cosmetic Dermatologist, Cosmetologist & Trichologist at S L Raheja Fortis Hospital, Mumbai, India. Dr. Kapoor is trained at the National Skin Centre, Singapore & at Stanford University, USA. A celebrity skin doctor, Dr. Rinky Kapoor has won many honors such as “Best Dermatologist in Mumbai”, “Most Valuable & Admired Cosmetic Dermatologist in India” & “Best Dermatologist in India”, etc for her expert dermatology care, affordable & reliable skin care, hair care & nail care Read more

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