What is Botox?

Botox procedure
Wrinkles on her forehead

As people age, they still want to look their best. Botox is one alternative to helping an individual look younger and less stressed without having to incur the huge expense of plastic surgery. Botox is a brand name of a protein that is produced from the bacterium clostridium botulinum. When it is injected into the muscle, it can no longer contract. When the muscle treated with Botox relaxes and softens wrinkles are less prominent or are no longer seen.

Is Botox New?

Botox is not new; it has been used for various medical purposes for over 50 years. It was initially used to treat eye conditions such as “lazy eye” and blepharospasm which is the inability to move the eyelids. It was also used to treat wry neck. In 2002, Botox was approved to be used for relaxing frown lines in the forehead and since that time it has successfully been used to treat more than 11 million people. It was also approved in 2004 to treat hyperhidrosis (sweating) and in 2010 was approved for treating migraines.

How does the treatment work?

Botox is a non-surgical procedure where small amounts of Botox are injected into specific muscles causing them to relax. A NJ plastic surgeon will administer the injections and it will only take approximately 10 minutes. The number of injections will depend on how severe the wrinkles are. There is usually very little discomfort and therefore there is no need for anesthesia which can have adverse side effects. It will take about 4 days to fully see the results of the treatment and will typically last about 4 months but this can be different for each person.

Are there any side effects?

It is extremely unlikely that there will be any side effects from Botox injections. There is a remote possibility that the medication can be spread to another part of the body which can have serious side effects. When injections are used for skin conditions such as excessive sweating, eye spasms or wrinkles serious side effects are very minimal. It is important to discuss the possible side effects with the physician before the procedure is performed.

Who can perform Botox injections?

It is very important to seek out a qualified professional to administer Botox injections. Some dermatologists may administer the injections; but a board certified plastic surgeon usually has the best qualifications and experience. It is essential that you visit with the physician and ask any questions that you may have about the procedure before beginning treatments. Most experienced plastic surgeons will have before and after photos of patients who they have successfully treated.

Why Botox?

Botox is a safe way to improve your overall appearance by treating the wrinkles around the brow and eyes. It has been proven to be very effective at managing and reducing facial wrinkles. It is also a less expensive and less painful alternative to plastic surgery. In 2009, more than 2.5 million Americans received Botox injections. This makes it the most popular cosmetic procedure in the US. It is a simple procedure that will not require any time off work, can be done in the doctor’s office and requires no anesthesia. No procedure is completely “risk free” but Botox injections have very little possibility of side effects. Some individuals may experience small amounts of bleeding, bruising or swelling but it is minimal and passes quickly. The procedure will probably cost less than $500 in most regions and will only have to be repeated every 4 to 6 months. This makes it a very inexpensive way to continue looking your best without costing a small fortune.

In order to maintain optimal skin health and reduce wrinkles we suggest that you use a high quality sun screen year round, this will help your skin look younger and healthier

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