Botox (or Botulinum toxin) is a non-surgical injection that temporarily blocks the nerve impulses and paralyzes the muscles that cause the wrinkles. As Botox only affects small areas, most of the other face muscles will act normally giving the face a natural expression.
What are the advantages of having Botox?
Any facial wrinkles and lines that you already have will become smoother and less noticeable. Botox trains the muscles to "forget" how to make the facial expressions which cause the lines to form, so the more injections you have, the longer Botox will last. Botox is also used to prevent facial wrinkles from ever forming.
Who is a good candidate for Botox?
Anyone who in concerned about the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles may be a candidate for Botox.
What areas can be treated with Botox?
For cosmetic purposes, Botox is used to treat wrinkles on the forehead, "crows feet" around the eyes and frown lines in between your eyebrows and nose. Studies have shown that Botox can also be effective in relieving migraine headaches, muscle spasms and sweating on various parts of the body.
How long does it take to have a Botox treatment?
A topical anesthetic may be applied about 15 minutes prior to injection so the injection is relatively painless. Depending on the number of areas treated, a Botox injection treatment can take between 5-15 minutes.
How long does it take to recover from a Botox treatment?
There is no downtime.
When can I expect to see results from my Botox treatment?
Results are noticeable in 3-7 days.
When can I go back to work/resume my normal activities after having a Botox treatment?
How long will the results of a Botox treatment last?
Botox is a temporary solution. The result of Botox injections last from three to six months after the first injection. However, the results seem to be somewhat cumulative - the more follow-up injections you have, the longer they last.
What are my alternatives to having Botox?
There is no alternative to Botox that paralyzes the muscles that cause wrinkles. Botox is often used in combination with dermal fillers and/or after a cosmetic surgery to enhance and prolong results.
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