The benefits of Botox® Treatment
Many people believe that Botox® is an injectable that is primarily used for reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, especially forehead furrow lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines. However, there are many other benefits of Botox treatment that go beyond the face.
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What is Botox?
Botox is a purified botulinum toxin, type A. But don’t let the word “toxin” scare you. Botox was approved for medical uses as far back as 1989 and was eventually approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for use in cosmetic procedures in 2002. There are some potential side effects, but in most cases, receiving Botox injections will not cause you to get sick.
What is Botox treatment?
For people who want to look younger but don’t want to undergo the expense or recovery associated with surgery, Botox is a minimally invasive procedure that offers several types of benefits. It is normally injected into a targeted muscle group in the face or other parts of the body, depending on the desired outcome.
Technically speaking, Botox prevents the release of neurotransmitters, creating temporary paralysis. When injected into facial muscles, it creates a “shield” between the brain and the muscles that cause various wrinkles, preventing the muscle from moving and causing more wrinkles.
What are the benefits of Botox?
By temporarily paralyzing various muscles in the face, Botox can help patients look refreshed and rejuvenated. And since they won’t be able to consciously or unconsciously move the muscles that created the wrinkles in the first place, the person getting the injections is less likely to create wear and tear patterns that create new wrinkles and deepen existing wrinkles.
Which is better? Botox or Juvederm? and Why?
Is the procedure permanent?
No. Botox is absorbed by the body over time and eventually eliminated. There is no need to worry about becoming “poisoned” by this absorption process. It is a naturally occurring sequence that will not have any adverse effects on the patient. How long the injection effects last depends on a number of factors, but patients may opt to get “touch-up” injections done every few months to maintain their youthful appearance.
Why do people get Botox injections?
When certain muscles of the face are temporarily relaxed, it not only prevents the actions that cause wrinkles in the first place, it helps to reduce the appearance of existing wrinkles over time as the muscles begin to shorten when not in use. This provides a brighter, more youthful appearance for people who wish to look their best.
How long does it take to see results?
There is no downtime after receiving Botox injections unless you experience some soreness or swelling at the injection site. This should diminish within a day or two at the most. Generally speaking, most patients will see noticeable results within three to four days after the injections have been administered. However, you will most likely see maximum results in 10 to 14 days.
What health benefits does Botox offer?
In addition to providing a way for people to look more youthful by receiving facial injections, Botox can be used for a number of other health benefits such as:
- Treating a drooping brow
- Restoring crossed eyes (strabismus)
- Stopping excessive sweating, especially in the armpits, feet, and hands
- Reducing migraine symptoms and pain
- Treating Bell’s Palsy (either by treating the paralyzed side of the face to help relax facial muscles, or the non-paralyzed side of the face to provide a more symmetrical look)
- Stopping eye twitches and squinting
- Calming an overactive bladder
- Relieving muscles spasms
- Treating multiple sclerosis symptoms
- Reducing drooling or excessive salivation
As you can see from this list, Botox is a very safe and amazing product.
Are there any side effects from having Botox injections?
The most common side effect reported from Botox injections is pain at the injection site(s). This can often be remedied with cold compresses after the injection or your doctor may recommend over-the-counter pain reducers.
Still uneasy about getting Botox injections?
In the hands of a Board Certified Surgeon who specializes in oculoplastic surgery and facial aesthetic surgery—such as Dr. Inzhili K. Kitto—you can put your worries at ease.
Dr. Kitto will provide you with an individualized, one-on-one consultation to talk about your expectations and answer your questions, then discuss all of the options available to help you reach your health and beauty goals.
Ready to put your best face forward?
Take the first step toward a beautiful new you today. Schedule your private consultation with Dr. Kitto at Kitto Plastic Surgery and get peace of mind knowing you’ll be treated well by a skilled physician that is fully invested in making sure that you’ll look absolutely amazing.