One of the most common cosmetic treatments in America is BOTOX injections, with more than six million procedures performed each year. You’ll regularly hear people talk about how they used it to rejuvenate their skin, and some people also use it to treat medical conditions. But what is BOTOX?
HOW DOES BOTOX WORK?
BOTOX is a drug made from botulinum toxin that is used to cosmetically remove wrinkles and treat some muscle conditions by temporarily paralyzing a person’s facial muscles. While it is mostly known for wrinkle removal, BOTOX is also used to treat other medical conditions such as severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms, and migraine headaches.
BOTOX injection sessions normally only take about 10-20 minutes. They take 3-4 days to take effect, and can last 3-4 months. Once it takes effect, wrinkles are softened and, in some cases, eliminated, giving your face a more youthful look. After they wear off, you can get another treatment. While some doctors require a consultation before any injection appointments, at Monroe MedSpa Dr. Ben Tracy and Michelle allow for enough time to do a consultation and injections on the same day.
BOTOX should be administered by an experienced physician or trained nurse injector, and you don’t need to see the same doctor every time you get the treatment. However, each doctor injects it a little bit differently, so it’s important to feel comfortable with your doctor.
The most common side effects of BOTOX are bruising, redness, swelling, and slight asymmetries (one side of the face looking a little different from the other). The worst risks of BOTOX are eyebrow or eyelid droop, but because of the temporary nature of BOTOX, even the side effects are temporary.
“I personally love BOTOX, truly,” Dr. Ben Tracy says. “I think it is a great way of preventing the formation of deep wrinkles, even for young thirtysomethings.”