How does Botox work? What conditions does Botox treat?
Made of natural purified protein, BOTOX is injected directly into the muscles on the patient’s affected areas to effectively block the nerve signals being transmitted along the nervous fibers that signal the muscles in these areas to contract. This results in reduced muscular activity on the treated areas that is the prevailing cause of wrinkle formation. Over time, the temporary paralyzing action on the underlying muscles will result in a significant reduction of the intensity of the appearance of the wrinkles, making the patient’s skin smoother, firmer, and younger-looking.
WHO is/isn’t a candidate for Botox?
Women who are pregnant or breast feeding are not candidates for BOTOX Cosmetic.
Is there any preparation for the treatment?
There is no preparation needed for receiving BOTOX Cosmetic treatment.
How long does the actual treatment take?
The actual treatment usually takes around 30 minutes total.
Does it hurt? What is the sensation like?
There is the usual discomfort at the injection site as well as headaches, neck pain, tiredness, and dry mouth in some cases.
What can I expect immediately after treatment?
You may notice some slight swelling, which will dissipate within a few hours after treatment. Patients are advised to avoid applying any unnecessary pressure on the treatment areas to avoid additional adverse effects that include swelling of the eyelids, drooping eyelids, dry eyes, blurred or double vision, or even decreased eyesight.
How many treatments are recommended?
Many patients come in for treatment every 3-4 months.
Is there any down time? Side effects?
While there is no actual downtime, you may notice some slight swelling, which will dissipate within a few hours after treatment. You may also notice some light bruising for a couple of days, which is very common and will gradually disappear. You may notice some changes in 3-5 days and complete affects after 1-2 weeks.
If symptoms of an allergic reaction are experienced (such as itching, redness, dizziness, or difficulty breathing) the patient must seek medical attention right away.
What should I avoid after the treatment?
For 4 hours after treatment, you need to keep your head and neck upright. Do not bend over, lie flat, or place your head against a pillow. Allow at least 4 hours to pass before touching, pressing, or manipulating the treated areas.
How long until I can resume my usual activities?
You can resume your usual activities after treatment as long as your head and neck remain in the upright position. Moderate exercise can also be done after treatment.