17 Sep

When is Botox Right for You?

Since its approval for use in cosmetic dermatology in 2002, Botox has become the most popular cosmetic treatment in the United States with over 6 million procedures in 2013. Even with the approval of the FDA, however, rumors and misconceptions about the use and dangers of Botox abound.

The media relishes their role of doomsayers and print stories that give a slanted image of the dangers of Botox but down play its advantages. Although Botox does have side effects and can cause a severe allergic reaction, all medical professionals that use Botox are trained to recognize and treat any problems that are caused by the procedure.

On the plus side, Botox, in addition to its cosmetic applications and other medical treatments, is now being used to treat migraine headaches. Although not a miracle drug, by any means, Botox has a wide range of medical and cosmetic uses that far outweigh its possible and rare side effects.

As your body ages, repetitive muscle contractions – such as frowning or squinting – cause the muscles to contract habitually. Other factors can contribute to these contractions, as well. Smoking, poor nutrition and sun damage can also affect muscle contraction.

Botox, injected into the muscle, counteracts this contraction and allows the muscle to relax and the skin over it to smooth out. It does this by killing the tips of the nerves that make those muscles contract. The affected nerves are destroyed and the muscles cells are paralyzed until they regenerate. This smooths out your skin, removes the wrinkles caused by muscle contractions and gives your skin a younger look.

Although Botox injection is relatively safe, you should talk to the professionals at Midwest Medical Aesthetics about the effects, dangers and complete information on all Botox procedures.