Botox is probably the best known of a certain collection of medications that use different forms of botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze muscles. As a cosmetic procedure, Botox injections are for the reduction of some facial wrinkles. However, Botox’s medical benefits include the treatment of repetitive neck spasms, excessive sweating, an overactive bladder and more. Botox injections can even help prevent chronic migraines. Today, we want to share many of the frequently asked questions from our patients, and provide the answers.
“How does Botox work?”
Botox works by blocking nerve signals to muscles. The result is an interruption of muscle contraction. This then softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. For the best results, combine Botox injections with dermal fillers, which will augment soft tissues.
“What are the limitations of Botox?”
The results are temporary. The benefits will typically last around 3 months, but can last up to 8 months. There are also diminishing returns. Over time, patients can develop a tolerance to Botox, requiring higher doses.
“Who is a good candidate for Botox?”
Almost anyone who is healthy and without a history of neuromuscular disease is a good candidate. However, those who should consider other options include those with existing muscle weakness, very thick skin, deep facial scars, marked facial asymmetry, and some skin disorders.
“Is anesthesia is used for Botox?”
Botox injections do not require anesthesia. However, it is possible to use a topical anesthetic before the procedure.
“How is a Botox injection completed?”
Injections use a fine needle to systematically and methodically distribute Botox into the targeted muscles. The whole procedure takes about 10 minutes.
“What is the recovery like after Botox injections?”
While some bruising at the injection site may occur, there is no downtime. For most, you can return immediately to work.
“Are there risks to Botox injections?”
Botox injections are a relatively safe procedure. However, possible side effects include bruising or swelling at the injection site. Rarer cases include flu-like symptoms, a droopy eyelid, dry eye or excessive tearing.
What haven’t we discussed that is important to you? If you have more questions about Botox injections. or need more information, please contact us by calling us at (513) 671-2411.