7 Questions About Botox, Answered

August 17th, 2010

1. How can Botox® improve the appearance of my wrinkles?
When nerve cells in the skin’s muscles release acetylcholine, muscles contract and wrinkles often form. If you get Botox® injected into these muscles, it will stop the release of acetylcholine, paralyze the muscles, end the contractions and smooth the wrinkles.

2. How long will my wrinkles be smoothed if I get Botox® treatments?

Once you get your Botox® injections, you should generally see the results for three to six months. The results may last longer if more units are used. It is the number of units used, not the volume injected, that has direct correlation with the effectiveness of your Botox® injections.

3. What problem areas can Botox® treatments improve?
• crows’ feet
• moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows
• bands on the neck
• excessive sweating
• forehead creases
• severe neck muscle and eye spasms

4. How safe is Botox®?
Botox® is extremely safe according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Common side effects may include:
• flu-like symptoms
• bruising and numbness at the injection site
• nausea
• headache
This being said, complications are very infrequent.

5. Should I take any precaution before getting Botox® treatments?
Serious complications from Botox® are extremely rare, but you should look out for signs of certain problems. If you notice any of the following symptoms immediately following your treatment and up to several weeks after, be sure to speak to your doctor.
• trouble breathing
• slurred speech
• muscle weakness
• worsening or unexpected difficulty swallowing

Be sure to tell your doctor if any of the following pertain to you:
• You are breastfeeding
• You are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
• You have an infection near the site where you would receive the Botox® injections
• You have heart disease
• You have difficulty swallowing
• You have Neuromuscular disease including Lambert-Eaton syndrome, Myasthenia gravis or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Before receiving Botox® injections, be sure to ask your doctor or nurse:
• How was s/he trained to do Botox® treatments?
• Is s/he board certified?
• Does s/he regularly provide Botox® treatments?
• How many people has s/he treated for the same type of issues?

6. I’ve heard amazing things about Botox®, but what is it exactly?
Botox® is a protein often associated with food poisoning (botulism toxin) because it is indeed produced from Clostridium botulinum. Small amounts can be injected under the skin into human muscles, making them weaker. These results can be beneficial for both medical and cosmetic uses by smoothing out lines and wrinkles on the face. Botox® is produced by Allergan Pharmaceuticals.

7. Is there just one type of Botox®?
Actually, there are several types. Three are derived from botulinum toxin Type A:
1. Botox® Cosmetic
2. Dysport®
3. Botox®
One is derived from botulinum Type B; Myobloc®.

Botox® has been the number one cosmetic procedure in the United States for many years, and we’re confident you’ll be happy with the results.

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