What to Know If You’re Thinking About Getting Botox

In today’s generation, people are self-aware and concerned about how they look. One of the most common and effective non-invasive anti-aging treatment options is Botox. Here are a few facts to consider when thinking of getting Botox.

What is Botox?

Botox has been the number one drug used by cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists to treat facial creases and wrinkles. The name Botox is just a brand name used to represent a toxin that temporarily softens lines and wrinkles. There are several other brands, including Xeomin and Dysport.

How to Use Botox

Botox is most commonly used to treat creases and reduce facial wrinkles. However, it can also be used in the medical community to treat other medical conditions, including:
• Strabismus – eyes are pointing in different directions.
• Overactive bladder.
• Chronic migraine.
• Hyperhidrosis – severe underarm sweating.
• Blepharospasm – uncontrollable blinking.
• Cervical dystonia – a neurological condition that causes shoulder and neck muscle spasms.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox is injected under the skin. The drug is designed to block signals from the nerves to the muscle, restricting the muscle’s ability to contract. Once the effects kick in, the wrinkles relax and soften.  Botox is most commonly used for frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet (lines around the eyes). However, it’s best to note that Botox cannot treat wrinkles caused by gravity or sun damage.

How the Botox Procedure is Done

Unlike most cosmetic procedures that require a couple of hours, Botox procedures take a few minutes. During the procedure, patients don’t require anesthesia. The doctor uses a small needle to inject the Botox into specific muscles, causing minor discomfort. It takes at least seven days for results to take effect.

It is advisable to avoid alcohol and anti-inflammatory medications and aspirin for at least two weeks prior to the procedure. This helps prevent bruising.

After the procedure, you should not rub the injection site for at least 24 hours. This is to avoid spreading the drug to other areas. Your provider may also tell you to skip your workout routine for a day and avoid direct sun exposure.

How Long Do Botox Injections Last?

Botox lasts between 3 to 6 months. Once the effects wear out, muscle action will slowly return, causing the wrinkles and lines to reappear. This may be a sign you need to schedule a new appointment.

Who Should Not Get Botox?

Botox procedures don’t work for all creases and wrinkles. Consult with your doctor before receiving these injections. Those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or with neurological diseases are advised against getting Botox.

Does Health Insurance Cover Botox?

Most coverages do not cover Botox when used for cosmetic reasons. However, you can check with your insurance provider for more information.

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