Since its FDA-approval in 2002, Botox has rapidly become one of the leading cosmetic procedures for men and women alike. As a simple, non-surgical, and minimally invasive procedure, there are several of clinics out there claiming they can expertly administer this wrinkle-zapping injection. But whom can you trust to do a great, professional job? In this article we will give you everything you need to know about Botox, so you are properly informed when you decide to have it done.
What is Botox?
Botox is a protein prepared from a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum, which inhibits muscle activity by blocking transmission from the nerve to the muscle. This procedure has been around since the 1960’s and was FDA-approved over a decade ago for the treatment of the lines between the eyebrows, frown lines, and crow’s feet. Today, more than 4.5 million Botox procedures are administered every year. One treatment takes about ten minutes, and your results should become visible within days – with continued improvement throughout the first month.
What is it Like to Get Botox?
Botox is injected by way of a very small needle just below the skin, reducing muscle activity, and relaxing the contractions that cause wrinkles and lines. Because it is an injection, with a needle, Botox will sting initially, but the discomfort is temporary and subsides quickly. In fact, there is no downtime whatsoever with this procedure, so you can leave your appointment and continue your normal, everyday activities immediately.
Have You Done Your Homework?
Like any procedure, cosmetic or otherwise, you want to be comfortable and confident in the physician you choose. Make sure the person you choose is qualified to administer the Botox, typically a doctor or nurse. It is good practice to prepare a list of questions you have to ask your doctor at your consultation. This will help you feel more secure in your decision.
Botox Side Effects and Potential Risks
Although it is rare, some people have been known to have reactions to the Botox injectable. There have been cases of droopy eyelids, headaches, nausea and blurred vision, but this also stems from going to an inexperienced physician for the procedure. When you go in for a consultation, ask your doctor to give you the rundown on possible risks and side effects, before you agree to begin.
Life After Botox
Contrary to the myths about Botox, it will not radically alter your facial appearance, and you will still be able to make all of your facial expressions. Botox injections are not permanent; they have a life of around 3 – 6 months. However, when the injection wears off, many people report that their wrinkles do in fact, look less severe and deep than before.
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