Dermatology / Botox
WHAT IS BOTOX?
BOTOX is a cosmetic treatment that is used to counteract the natural progression of wrinkling of the facial skin, particularly in the areas between the eyebrows, forehead, crow’s feet of the eyes, neck, chin and jaw areas. BOTOX was originally discovered as a bacterial toxin, however since the 1920’s scientific and medical research and purification have made this procedure a safe and highly effective temporary treatment for the reduction of unsightly wrinkles. Researchers discovered by the 1950’s that injecting minute amounts of botulinum toxin type A into localized muscular areas blocks the release of acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction which thereby prevents the muscle to contract for a period of several months. In other words, the facial muscles are blocked from the formation of wrinkles and unwanted scowling resulting in facial expressions that appear to be more relaxed, contented, and most of all pleasurable to look at.
WHO PERFORMS THE PROCEDURE?
There are many options when it comes to BOTOX treatments, which adds to its credibility and overall patient satisfaction. The range of choices for dermal injection procedures spans from Medical Spas and Skin Care Clinics to Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons. The choice a patient makes depends on many factors, including cost, credibility and convenience.
If a patient chooses to have a BOTOX injection procedure administered at a Medical Spa it is usually because of convenience and the feeling of being pampered. A facility such as this is attractive to many patients because often multiple procedures can be performed on the same day. Because BOTOX is non-invasive a patient could realistically go in for a massage followed by BOTOX treatment on the same day. Skin Care Clinics are often more commonly associated with laser skin treatments, however many do offer dermal injectables to their clients. This type of facility may be attractive to someone who needs work done on the facial area as well as other parts of the body.
Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists are another excellent choice for patients considering BOTOX. Although BOTOX is not a surgical procedure, patients will often feel more comfortable and relaxed in the setting of a medical office or surgical suite. A patient may feel more secure in the hands of a dermatologist who specializes in the care of the dermis or a plastic surgeon who is dedicated to a patient’s appearance after the procedure. Here are a few things to consider when finding a qualified plastic surgeon. A surgeon who is licensed by the ABPS (America Board of Plastic Surgery) requires that physician to have five years of surgical training with two years specialized in plastic surgery. Also, the ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) requires that the surgeon have extensive experience and meets the requirements for continuing cosmetic surgery education.
- Facial Treatments are the most common use of BOTOX Cosmetic. During the procedure, a localized anesthetic will be given to the patient to eliminate pain upon the injection site. Sedatives may also be used to help calm the nerves of a patient who is experiencing anxiety or who may suffer from a fear of needles. The procedure itself is relatively simple and can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes, depending on the number of injections performed.
- BOTOX for Sweat Reduction is another procedure that can dramatically reduce the amount of excessive sweating someone may be suffering from. This is most commonly performed in the underarm area. Again, the procedure is quick and relatively pain-free.
Patients have reported amazing success from BOTOX treatments for embarrassing sweating issues.
The side effects of BOTOX treatments are relatively mild and generally do not last for more than a day. The procedure itself can be slightly uncomfortable and may cause a temporary headache. In addition, there may be a small degree of bruising and swelling at the site of the injection. This is not caused by the application of the BOTOX itself, but rather the procedure by which it is administered. Rare side effects may include double vision which can be treated by eye drops or drooping eyelids which will correct itself in a period of two weeks or less. Following treatment, a patient can return to normal activities on the same day. As with any medical procedure, a patient should carefully consider the risks and talk to their doctor regarding possible side effects prior to treatment.
BOTOX Cosmetic is a safe, FDA approved treatment for the dramatic reduction of unsightly wrinkling in the facial area and the reduction of sweat. The best thing about BOTOX is the more treatments a patient receives, the better the results become. Typically a first-time treatment of BOTOX can last anywhere from three to four months, however with reoccurring treatments after the initial period, results can be known to last up to a period of six months. BOTOX is a revolutionary cosmetic procedure because it is the perfect marriage of science and medicine. Scientists first discovered the botulinum toxin as a deadly bacteria, but through nearly a century of careful and dedicated research by scientists and doctors worldwide, BOTOX Cosmetic emerges as the purest, most effective temporary treatment for younger, more refreshed and ultimately more attractive skin. For someone who may not want a full-blown surgical procedure BOTOX is the only clear solution.