What are Botox injections?
The immense popularity of Botox® injections is due to its non-surgical nature (leaving no scars), little or no recovery time, its effectiveness, and its relatively low cost compared to surgical facelifts or other procedures. Its safety is also an important factor. Botox® has been widely used for more than a dozen years and there have been no documented systemic complications associated with these injections when administered by qualified medical personnel in accordance with the recommended dosage and guidelines.
Health authorities advise patients that Botox® is a prescription drug that should be administered by a qualified clinician in an appropriate medical setting. Any other venue runs the risks of improper technique, inappropriate dosages and unsanitary conditions. National governing bodies also recommends that Botox® Cosmetic is injected no more frequently than once every three months and that the lowest effective dose should be used.
The continuing popularity of Botox® cosmetic treatments among men and women in every walk of life (from the glamour industry to the housewife to executives) and the familiarity with which the term is used, has perhaps somewhat obscured the history of the toxin and its original uses. However, physicians and medical researcher have not forgotten and recent developments of new medical uses for Botox are causing renewed excitement.
This unusual substance, which started life as a life-threatening toxin, was later purified for use in treating eye disorders, and then met fame and fortune as an anti-wrinkle treatment, has in the past few years been found to have exciting new health applications: most notably, in the treatment of migraine headaches.
Again, plastic surgeons using Botox® injections on patients who were incidentally migraine headache sufferers began to notice that in addition to a smoother, more youthful facial contour, patients were reporting a lessening in the strength and frequency of migraine attacks.
What are the benefits of Botox injections?
In the late 1990s, Botox gained fame as the great wrinkle reducer. To this day, Botox is best known for its cosmetic applications.
However, researchers and physicians continue to find new uses for this peculiar treatment. Researchers have found that BOTOX can treat a number of medical conditions. BOTOX is commonly used to treat:
Movement disorders, such as cervical dystonia
Eye disorders, such as crossed eyes
In addition to the above uses for BOTOX, medical professionals hope to extend its uses for other medical conditions, including the treatment of arthritis pain.
Who is the ideal candidate for Botox injections?
BOTOX® is one of our most popular injectables for the treatment of dynamic facial wrinkles. With the ability to target fine lines and wrinkles across the forehead, between the eyebrows, and at the corners of the eyes, the neurotoxin formula can temporarily weaken overactive facial muscles for a more relaxed, rested, and youthful appearance. If you have one or more of these types of facial wrinkles, you may be a good candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic. Additionally, ideal candidates for this injectable are 18 years of age or older, in good overall health, are not pregnant or nursing, and have realistic expectations in regard to the results of the procedure.
What should I expect after my treatment?
Your first Botox appointment will likely be quick and easy. Typically, the entire treatment is completed in 20 minutes or less. Here’s a detailed list of what to expect from beginning to end of the treatment:
You and the specialist will review what was discussed at your consultation appointment including how much Botox you’re getting and in which areas.
The specialist will carefully identify and mark the areas to be treated.
A mild cleanser will be applied to these areas.
If you’re concerned about discomfort, the specialist will use ice or a numbing cream to numb the targeted area(s).
The specialist will use a narrow micro-needle to inject Botox directly into the facial muscles. One to three injections may be needed.
Ice and pressure will be applied to the treated areas to discourage swelling.
Botox requires no initial downtime or recovery period meaning you’ll be able to resume most of your normal activities immediately after your treatment. You should begin to notice results in the first week following treatment.
After your Botox appointment, your specialist will give you aftercare instructions to make sure you do not cause any unintended damage or side effects. In rare cases, the Botox can migrate to other muscles in the body. To avoid this possibility, follow these guidelines:
Avoid rubbing the treated areas
Do not lie down for four hours following treatment
Wait 24 hours to exercise or engage in any strenuous activity
How long does the treatment last?
The results of Botox can last up to three months. For continuous results, schedule treatments at regular intervals with your specialist. Typically, patients schedule a Botox treatment every three months, or before a special event. It’s important to note that Botox is not a permanent treatment. If you discontinue treatment, your lines and wrinkles will gradually return over time.