Botox is a drug that is created with a bacterial toxin known as botulin. It is used to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically remove fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscles of the face. Botox treatments are continuously the most popular cosmetic treatment each year with more than 6 million treatments annually.
When used properly by a physician, Botox can be used to treat nearly 20 different conditions. Beyond its most popular use to aesthetically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Botox treats a range of medical conditions including migraines, excessive sweating, eye squints and leaky bladders.
Speak with your physician to determine your need for a Botox procedure. Some insurance companies help cover the cost of Botox depending on the patient’s medical condition.
The procedure is does not take long to perform and requires no anesthesia. The Botox medicine is diluted in saline before it is administered. After cleaning the site of injection, the physician uses a thin needle to inject extremely small concentrations of Botox into the patient. The patient may experience minor discomfort while being the physician is administering the botox into specific muscles.
Upon injection, the medicine prevents nerve signals to reach the muscles. This paralyzes the nerve cells. Botox causes a reduction in muscles contraction which allows the muscles to become less stiff. Once the muscle can no longer contract, wrinkles begin to relax and soften achieving the patient’s desired results.
It can take up to 72 hours for the full effect of a Botox procedure to take effect. After a getting Botox treatment, patients may experience temporary bruising and swelling. These side effects are common and dissipate within 48 hours.
The effects from Botox can last anywhere from four to six months. The muscles gradually gain their normal function allowing lines and wrinkles to re-appear over time.