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Answers To 6 Common Questions About Botox

Whenever you feel like smoothening your skin, Botox is the leading skin enhancement procedure that comes to the mind. You can apply Botox treatment on your skin with an injection to eradicate the fine lines and wrinkles from the face. But ensure you consult your doctor to discuss the medical options available. Below are the answers to six common questions about Botox.

How Can Botox Improve The Appearance Of My Wrinkles?

Whenever the muscles contract and release acetylcholine, it produces wrinkles on the face. When Botox is administered, it prevents the release of acetylcholine, and the muscles become relaxed. The effect creates a soothing relief for your muscles as it smoothens the fine lines and wrinkles in the process.

How Long Will The Result Last?

Generally, the effects of Botox treatment becomes noticeable within three to six months after its application. This depends more on the number of Botox units used instead of its effectiveness and volume.

What Problem Can Be Solved With Botox Treatment?

Botox can be used to treat the following treatment:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Crow’s feet
  • Severe neck muscles and eye spams
  • Forehead creases
  • Moderate to harsh frown lines between the eyebrows

Is Botox Safe?

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons have endorsed Botox as entirely safe for the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines.

Can You Have Complications From Using Botox As Treatment?

It is unlikely that any complications will arise after the use of Botox treatment and it usually has no side effect from studies conducted and also from its users. But you should always watch out for signs that could indicate a side effect.

However, it might have some minimal side effect in some patients which include:

  • Nausea
  • A headache
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Bruising and numbness at the injection site

In case you notice any of the following symptoms immediately after applying Botox or weeks after the treatment, consult your doctor.

  • Slurred speech
  • Difficult in breathing
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty in swallowing

Before you go for Botox treatment, ensure you discuss with your nurse or doctor if you have or engaged in the following:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Heart disease
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Pregnant or might become pregnant soon
  • An infection close to the injection site of Botox
  • Neuromuscular illness including Lambert-Eaton syndrome, Myasthenia gravis, or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

What Is Botox Exactly?

Botox (botulism toxin) is a protein that has to do with food poisoning because it’s gotten from Clostridium botulinum. When it’s injected in small doses under the skin can inhibit the movement of the facial muscles. Thus, the face will appear smoothened, as the treatment must have removed the fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is a cosmetic product produced by Allergan Pharmaceuticals.

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Dr. Howard Katz

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