Many of us have heard of BOTOX. What many of us do not know is what these procedures are for and what they do for our skin. There are many reasons someone would want to undergo a procedure such as this. The main reason is that we want to look younger than we are. By this we mean you can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through these types of injections. Here are some facts about Botulinum Toxin injections.
What Are Botulinum Toxin Injections?
Botulinum Toxin injections are the official name for BOTOX. These injections are used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When we frown, some muscles contract and cause the appearance of fine lines on our forehead. These fine lines can make us look like we are older than our chronological age. That is not something we want.
Botulinum Toxin Injections are also used to reduce the appearance of crows feet. These are the fine lines we get from squinting our eyes. These injections are something that is usually done in the doctor’s office.
Are Botulinum Toxin Injections Right For Me?
You might be a good candidate for Botulinum Toxin injections if you are not pregnant or nursing. These injections are right for anyone of any age. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Botulinum toxin injections for those aged 18 to 65. However, it is not recommended you take Botulinum toxin injections if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. The medicine in the Botulinum toxin injection might spread beyond the injection site.
Can Men Get Botox Injections?
You are an excellent candidate for Botulinum toxin injections. Women are not the only ones who look forward to getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles. Some men enjoy looking younger, as well. These men get lines in their foreheads. They like to take care of them with Botulinum toxin injections, just like their female counterparts. When men go in for Botulinum toxin injections, it is so they can get the appearance they had when they were much younger.
What Are Some Side Effects of Botox?
Many think going in for Botulinum Toxin Injections are something that will make your eyes stay open. There is no scientific evidence that Botulinum toxin injections can make your eyes even temporarily paralyzed. Some side effects of Botulinum toxin include redness at the injection site and wandering of the medicine away from the injection site. It is because of the latter that women who are planning to become pregnant, are pregnant, or breastfeeding should not have Botulinum toxin injections.
There are some rare, but not fatal side effects of these injections. While the site always can become bruised, most of the side effects will clear up on their own. None of the side effects should require you to check up with your primary care physician.
I Want to Hide Lines Around my Mouth, Would Botulinum Toxin Injections Work?
When you want to hide fine lines around your mouth, you should choose a different type of injection. Botulinum toxin injections are only approved by the FDA to reduce the appearance of fine lines on the forehead and around the eyes. There are many times when patients will decide to have filler injections alongside Botulinum toxin injections. The results of having both procedures done will be amazing. You will enjoy looking at your youthful face in the mirror.
How Long Does The Procedure Take?
These injections can take only a few minutes of your time. They are often done at the physician’s office. Botulinum toxin injections require no downtime. You will schedule an appointment with the physician, and he or she will conduct the procedure at the office. You will be in the office for the procedure for a couple of hours. The procedure is routine and immediately following the Botulinum toxin injections; you will be able to resume your usual daily activities.
Will Botulinum Toxin Injections be Painful?
There is usually no pain when it comes to these injections. There is typically a small amount of a local anesthetic that is applied to the treatment area. You will feel no pain with these injections because the needle used during the procedure is typically small. Most people walk out of the doctor’s office feeling excellent.
How Long Will it Take to Notice the Results?
It is true, the effects of the Botulinum toxin shots are not immediate. It can take up to 7 days for the injections to take effect. By this, we mean that the fine lines and wrinkles you are trying to make invisible will take about one week to take effect fully. The reason it will take about one week to take effect is that the medication in the Botulinum injection will need to set into the muscles that are causing those fine lines and wrinkles. While it usually only takes one injection, the effects are not immediately noticeable.
How Long Does it Last?
Typically, you can expect for the effects of the Botulinum toxin injections to last several months. After the medication in the injection wears off, you will need to schedule another appointment with your doctor. These follow-up appointments should go just as smoothly as the first appointment. Botulinum toxin injections should last you long enough that you do not break the budget each month to get the shots. Botulinum toxin injections are not covered by health insurance. They typically run around $1,500.
If you live in the Naples, Florida area and are considering Botulinum toxin injections, you should consider scheduling an appointment with Anurag Agarwal. Dr. Agarwal is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in Botox treatments in the Naples area. He makes his patients look and feel much younger than they are. His clients have had nothing negative to say about him.