Aging is a natural part of life. However, nobody said it was impossible to rewind the clock a little! With a simple injection, you can restore your youthful appearance and slow down the progression of future fine lines. With more than six million treatments administered each year, Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment offered.
With no need for invasive treatment, it’s no wonder people are turning to this much simpler option. The primary use for Botox is to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with only an injection. The result is a younger, refreshed look that instantly boosts the patient’s self-esteem.
Most patients are eager to discover just how simple it is to receive a Botox injection. Botox is actually Botulinum toxin that is injected directly into the skin. It requires no anesthesia or cutting, which is certainly an advantage over most cosmetic procedures. While most people indicate that it is a little uncomfortable, it is certainly not considered an invasive treatment. Typically, the pain subsides quickly following the injection.
It works by preventing signals from the nerve cell from reaching the muscle. In turn, it paralyzes the muscle. Once injected, it may take a couple of days before results are final. In extreme cases, it may take up to five days for patients to experience final results.
You should keep in mind that you will be asked to abstain from alcohol one week prior to treatment. Additionally, you’ll be asked to stop taking aspirin andante-inflammatory medication two weeks before the injection.
While Botox injects are common and side effects are rare, there are some points to be aware of. First, in 1% of patients who receive injects of botulinum toxin type A will develop antibodies that will render future injections ineffective. In extremely rare cases, an individual may have a genetic predisposition that will result in an adverse reaction to the injection. Rare side effects may include:
Temporary paralyzes of nearby nerves
While side effects are rare, patients need to take note of potential changes. Of course, if patients experience any side effects, they are encouraged to talk to their doctor right away.
While Botox is mostly used as a cosmetic procedure that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, there are actually many more uses for it. It is used to treat a variety of health conditions such as migraines, eye squints, and leaky bladder, and much more.
If you’re considering Botox, then you should evaluate your goals, find a provider who has the approach you are looking for and understand that Botox is not permanent. If you would like to maintain the results, you should expect o have Botox injections every 3-6 months. As the muscles regain action, then fine lines and wrinkles may reoccur. Remember, wrinkles caused by sun damage or gravity will not be corrected with Botox.
Botox is not an option for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a neurological disease.
When using it as a cosmetic procedure, Botox is not covered by health insurance.
Are you considering Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? Then we would love to hear from you! Botox has numerous benefits that can restore your appearance and boost your confidence! If you would like to know more about this procedure, please contact our office. We are more than happy to answer your questions and walk you through the process. Call us today to learn more!