Botox is an injection that prevents and corrects minor wrinkles. It is a very simple process that can be done on an outpatient basis. Botox injections are the most common non-surgical treatment performed in the Untied States. The injection, which uses a very tiny needle in order to pinpoint very specific areas, essentially “freezes” the muscle so that the area can no longer wrinkle.
Botox is actually the brand name of Botulinum Toxin type A, a protein related to botulism. The toxin can be dangerous in large amounts, but the very small amounts used for treating patients are ideal for relaxing muscles that contract and form wrinkles.
Botox has been used for many years to treat numerous medical conditions, and it was approved for cosmetic use in 2002.
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Who Can Benefit from Botox?
Botox is great for those who want to temporarily eliminate fine lines on the face, such as:
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead creases
- Wrinkles around the eyes
- Lines on the bridge of the nose
- Neck wrinkles
There is even evidence that Botox can help to reduce the frequency of migraine headaches and reduce muscle spasms of the face.
Another benefit is that Botox injections can be repeated as often as you wish, and the results last as long as eight months in some patients.
What is the Procedure Like?
No anesthetic is required for Botox injections. Because the needle has such a fine point, the majority of people experience only slight discomfort, and Dr. Rubinstein cools the skin immediately prior to injection to lessen the discomfort.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
Botox requires no real recovery period. You are able to go home the same day, begin wearing make-up immediately, and return to work right away. Some people experience minor discomfort after the procedure, such as slight tenderness or bruising where an injection was made.
The results of Botox may not be immediately visible, however. You will begin to see the effects of Botox after a few days and for a period of about two weeks after your injections, and you will continue to see gradual improvement in your wrinkles and facial lines over the next few months.
What are the Risks of Botox?
Botox is one of the safest and most common cosmetic procedures performed today. Therefore, complications are extremely rare. However, the most common side effects are bruising, headache, nausea, and numbness. Rarely, an allergic reaction to the injections may occur. Generally speaking, if you have had neurological difficulties, you should avoid Botox injections, and if you’re pregnant or nursing your new baby, you should postpone your Botox appointment.
Be sure to tell the doctor about all medications that you are taking, as some of these could put you at greater risk of complications from Botox injections.