In today’s youth-obsessed culture, liposuction, fillers, and a range of other cosmetic procedures are dominating the media, and drawing billions of dollars. While some procedures may seem rather unnecessary, and others are downright daunting, one of the safest and minimally invasive remains one of the most popular: Botox.
Botox is the brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. As you may know, this is the toxin, that in large doses, causes botulism, a disease known to cause paralysis. Fortunately, scientists have found a positive use for it. Essentially, when small amounts are diluted and injected into specific muscles, Botox blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscles, preventing the injected muscle from contracting.
In April 2002, the FDA approved the use of Botox for the treatment of wrinkles. When injected between the eyebrows, around the eyes, and in the forehead, Botox is extremely effective at softening wrinkles by weakening the muscles that cause these lines. Even better, Botox prevents future wrinkles from forming, since the muscles are now relaxed. While patients are still able to smile and form the usual facial expressions, lines are softer, and new wrinkles are held at bay. Essentially, Botox pushes the “pause” button on aging, bring facial rejuvenation to a whole new level. While it may not exactly be the fountain of youth, Botox may be the closest thing to it!
Typically, Botox treatments last between 3-5 months. Results will vary based on each individual, as well as on how many units are used. Botox is recommended for both men and women who are looking for a subtle, yet significant change. While your friends and family will notice how refreshed you look, only you will know the reason why.
Aside from its remarkable ability to do away with wrinkles, one of the most appealing virtues of Botox is the lack of side effects. Some patients have noticed slight bruising in the area of injection, which can be easily covered with makeup, and lasts only a few days. In extremely rare cases, patients may experience muscle changes such as asymmetrical facial expression or a slight lowering of the eyelid. All of these potential side effects are temporary, and will self-rectify as the Botox wears off.
It should be noted that Botox has been deemed so safe, it has also received FDA approval for the treatment of certain neurological disorders, including migraines. The American Academy of Neurology considers the use of botulinum toxin safe and effective for treating stroke, spinal cord injuries, and chronic migraines. In other words, it has been a true blessing for those who previously had to suffer through migraine headaches, or spend extraordinary amounts of money on medication to treat them.
If you are going to be in the Dayton or Cincinnati areas and are interested in learning more about Botox, please contact us at (513) 671-2411 for more information, and to set up a complimentary consultation with our licensed and trained medical experts. We look forward to helping you bring out your best self.