04 Feb

What Is Botox?

Botox Treatment

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you’ve probably heard of Botox™ treatments.  Whether you know exactly what it does or not, chances are you know it exists and chances are you know it’s a non-surgical procedure that enhances the appearance of your face.

Truthfully, it’s everywhere now—women and men of all ages are seeing the need for it. Even our Hollywood stars are openly and avidly using it. So why it so popular? It’s simple: it’s FDA approved, it’s a ten minute procedure, it’s not surgery, it’s safe and most importantly it works!

Botox™ has the power to reverse the lines of aging that can revitalize your beautiful youthful appearance in just 10 minutes!

What is Botox™ and What is Botox™ used for?

Botoxis an injected liquid used to treat frown lines, squint and smile lines, nasal crunch lines, and horizontal forehead wrinkles.  It is also used in small amounts in a number of other areas on the face depending on the way your muscles of facial expression work. It can raise the outer part of the eyebrow if it is sagging, lift the corners of the mouth, and help to smooth out dimpled or cobblestoned chins.

Botox™ has been used to treat millions of patients medically and cosmetically for over 20 years. Botox™ is produced in a lab by a bacterium called “Clostridium botulinum”. It has been purified under very strict controlled conditions.  When injected into a small facial muscle, it doesn’t travel anywhere else in the body. It gradually wears off naturally over a 3-6 month period.

 

Does the injection hurt?

Botox™ is injected with a very small needle (like an acupuncture needle), so it causes very little pain upon injection. Botox™ does not cause irritation or inflammation. Occasionally, patients have complained that there is a mild stinging sensation.

Are there any people who should not receive Botox?

Botox™ should not be given to pregnant women, nursing mothers, or patients with neuromuscular diseases like myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, AML (Lou Gehrig’s), or motor neuropathy should not use Botox.  Patients who are allergic to human albumin (different than an egg allergy) should not use Botox. It is not recommended in pregnancy or nursing because it has not been tested.

So there you have it. A quick guide to everything you need to know about Botox. If you are considering Botox™ injections simply respond to this email or give us a call at our office.

Because…Aging Is Optional!