Botox is an anti-aging treatment that has been on the market since 1989. Despite how long it has been around, its use is still rapidly growing.
Its widespread use makes Botox one of the famous cosmetic treatments available. Keep reading to see if Botox is right for you.
What is Botox?
Botox is an injection of toxin from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Doctors inject it for its paralyzing effects.
When injected into a muscle, Botox relaxes the muscles and makes them unable to contract. It does this by blocking nerve signals to the muscles in the injected area.
Because of the forced relaxation that Botox creates, its primary use is for cosmetic purposes. It erases wrinkles, crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines.
However, it will not do anything against wrinkles caused by sun damage or sagging skin. It only works on wrinkles caused by muscle contractions.
Botox is also an effective treatment against several other conditions. The following are all treated with Botox injections:
- Severe underarm sweating
- Muscle spasms in the neck, shoulders, and face
- Uncontrollable blinking
- Overactive bladder
- Chronic migraines
What to Expect With Botox Injections
Botox treatment is a quick procedure. It takes only a few minutes to complete and does not require anesthesia.
The doctor injects a few measured doses of the serum into the problem area. While the treatment itself is fast, the results will take some time to appear. Expect it to be up to two weeks before botox takes full effect.
Unfortunately, Botox is not a permanent treatment for wrinkles. But, the effects are long-lasting. It removes wrinkles for anywhere between 3 to 6 months, depending on the patient.
Before Botox, you should stop consuming alcohol for about a week before the injection. And avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications for two weeks before the treatment. Doing so will prevent excessive bruising.
Also, avoid rubbing your skin where the injections occurred for at least 24 hours. Otherwise, you may accidentally spread the Botox.
Is Botox Safe?
It is natural to be nervous about a treatment that uses a toxin. After all, the bacteria used in Botox is the same one that causes botulism.
But, if a trained medical professional injects Botox, it is entirely safe. The dosage is so tiny and precise there is little risk of any danger.
Botox is a well-established cosmetic procedure that has a long successful history. Every year in the United States, there are millions of successful Botox injections administered.
Are you interested in getting rid of wrinkles around your eyes or on your forehead? Or, perhaps you would like to discuss Botox treatments for other purposes.
No matter why you are curious about Botox injections, the doctors at Rosenthal Eye Surgery and Fifth Avenue EyeCare can help you. Schedule an appointment at Rosenthal Eye Surgery and Fifth Avenue EyeCare in Great Neck, NY, today to discuss Botox treatments.
Don’t let wrinkles, muscle spasms, or severe underarm sweat hold you back from the life you want to live. Explore Botox treatment today and be the person you want to be!