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General Information About Botox

Botox® Cosmetic is used to treat the frown lines between the eyebrows, wrinkles of the forehead and “crow’s feet”. Derived from botulinum toxin type A, a biological toxin,  Botox  offers patients a revolutionary way to combat the signs of aging with little to no downtime. Botulinum toxin type A has been around decades and has stood the test of time, proving to be a highly effective and safe method at reducing wrinkles and lines caused by muscle contractions. Recently a new neurotoxins have come on the market as well. These products are similar in price and results.

Botox is injected directly into the muscles which cause wrinkles, paralyzing them temporarily to prevent certain movements and contractions. While Botox is not a permanent fix to eliminating wrinkles, it less expensive than non-invasive methods. Furthermore, unlike most surgical procedures, Botox produces results within 3 to 7 days following the injections. Regardless of whether you opt for surgical rejuvenation or not, Botox often provides a pleasant facial enhancement.

Differences Between Dermal Fillers and Botox

While both Botox and dermal fillers are facial injectables, they do not work in the same way. Botox is injected into the muscle to paralyze and prevent contractions during certain facial movements. It is this muscle inactivity which lessens the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Dermal fillers are injected to restore volume in areas of the face. As people age, natural collagen production decreases. This leads to a loss in facial volume, and skin can appear loose and sunken. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm replace the lost collagen and even stimulate the body’s own natural production. By restoring this volume, wrinkles and fine lines can be filled out.

Botox Injections

Botox  requires no anesthesia and take less than 10 minutes to administer. After discussing the areas the patient wishes to target, the solution used in the injection is mixed fresh to ensure optimum potency. Then a small amount is injected into the muscles of those target areas. Patients may be asked to contract the muscles in the area being treated to delineate the area that is to be treated. After a couple days, the botulinum toxin relaxes and weakens the muscles, causing the wrinkles in those areas to soften or disappear.

Recovery After Botox

Since Botox does not require anesthesia, there is almost no associated downtime. Patients will often leave and return to their normal activity immediately following the procedure, although you will be asked not to exercise or lie flat for several hours afterward. Potential side effects could include swelling or bruising of the areas targeted, and the possibility of a burning sensation during the procedure. On rare occasion, patients may experience a rash or headache; however, the most of side effects occur briefly. Some extremely rare side effects are delineated in the product literature.

Results from Botox

The results from Botox  may take a few days to a week to fully set in. The results are not permanent, and, therefore, regular treatments are recommended every three to six months, depending on the individual. Patient satisfaction for the procedure is extremely high as Botox injections continue to be the most popular cosmetic procedure performed worldwide.

Cost of Botox

The fee for Botox or Dysport is $275 to $475 depending on the areas and amount needed for effective treatment.