By now, Botox is basically a household name that most men and women have heard many times over. Just hearing the brand’s name, however, doesn’t mean that everyone has a real understanding of what Botox is or what it can do to reduce the signs of aging. In fact, if you’ve been troubled by fine lines and wrinkles creeping up on you, Botox could be the solution to your problems.
What Is Botox?
Technically speaking, Botox Cosmetic is the trade name of Botulinum Toxin Type A, which is a purified toxin produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. Botox is a type of injectable product known as a neurotoxin, which works to block nerve impulse transmissions wherever it is injected. In doing so, it prevents the muscles in that area from contracting and forming the creases or wrinkles you don’t want to have. Despite the scary classification as a toxin, Botox is FDA-approved to be used for treatments, provided it is administered in small doses.
What Does Botox Treat?
Botox works best against lines and wrinkles that are caused or exaggerated by the movement of facial muscles, known as dynamic wrinkles. When injected, Botox essentially paralyzes the targeted muscles temporarily, alleviating some of the creasing in that area. Medical professionals use Botox to diminish the appearance of crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, forehead wrinkles, chin dimpling, upper and lower lip lines, and vertical neck bands. Botox Cosmetic has also been FDA approved to treat Glabellar lines, which form between the eyebrows and can make a person look angry, as well as more recently for the treatment of crow’s feet. Glabellar lines are often caused by frowning, which furrows the brow and creates deep creases. Botox can soften these lines by relaxing the muscles in that area.
Am I a Good Candidate for Botox?
The ideal Botox candidate is a man or woman frustrated by the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Botox works most effectively against wrinkles that are dynamic, or that seem to form or deepen when you move the muscles in your face. If you’ve noticed this happening, when you frown or smile for example, then you may be a good candidate and experience great results with Botox Cosmetic.
There is no magic age to qualify a patient for Botox injections. Because heredity can cause lines, folds, and depressions, some wrinkles are not associated with aging at all. Patients experiencing wrinkles and creases for any reason can seek Botox treatments. However, women who are breastfeeding, pregnant, or planning to become pregnant should not receive Botox injections without first talking to their doctor.
What Is It Like to Have Botox Injections?
The facial injection procedure is fairly straightforward and takes only about ten minutes to complete. There is no need to use sedation or make incisions to perform this nonsurgical procedure; at most, some topical anesthetic cream and ice are applied to the area to minimize the slight discomfort that patients sometimes experience. When the injection is performed, patients often describe the sensation as feeling like a bug bite. Even so, the treatment area will be iced before and after you receive your injection. Botox is administered through tiny injections directly into the target area, so you are only receiving the Botox formula where it is most needed.
What Happens After Botox?
Following the procedure, there is no need to abstain from any regular activities or devote time to your recovery. At most, patients tend to experience some bruising at the injection site. Side effects from Botox injections are extremely rare and typically minor in nature. Patients often receive their injections and then resume working or performing their other daily tasks right away. Results will start to show almost instantly and can last three to four months.
If you like the results you achieve with your first Botox treatment, a regular regimen of injections can help you to maintain your new look. Patients can receive Botox injections every three to four months, as the last round is wearing off. If you have any negative reactions to Botox at all, discontinue your injections and consult with your plastic surgeon to discuss alternatives that can help you achieve similar results.
Are There Any Risks Associated with Botox?
There are risks associated with almost every cosmetic procedure, some more serious than others. Botox holds both an excellent safety record and one of the highest patient satisfaction ratings of any cosmetic procedure. Botox Cosmetic can cause allergic reactions in some patients, so before receiving your treatment, discuss your known allergies with your physician to be sure you will be able to safely receive Botox injections.
Where Can I Get Botox Injections?
If you think Botox might be the right treatment to help you achieve your anti-aging goals, start by consulting with an expert on facial injections and other cosmetic treatments. Contact the Aesthetic Surgery Center to book an appointment with Dr. Anurag Agarwal or Dr. Richard Maloney, our double board certified facial plastic surgeons. Our surgeons administer all injectable treatments themselves using their extensive training and experience… they don’t use any other personnel to administer the injections. They have been featured on many of the major news networks, including ABC News, NBC News, and FOX News, as recognized experts on a variety of facial plastic surgery topics. Dr. Agarwal and Dr. Maloney believe that educating and communicating with their patients is the key to helping you achieve the natural-looking results you want in a healthy way. Book your appointment at the Aesthetic Surgery Center, located at 1175 Creekside Parkway #100 in Naples, FL, by calling (239) 594-9100.