BOTOX® is a common prescription substance that’s used as a facial injection to temporarily enhance the look of both frown lines in between an adult’s eyebrows and substantial crow’s feet.
BOTOX® Injection Benefits
BOTOX® comes from a bacterium known as Clostridium Botulinum that can be potentially dangerous if ingested, but when used as a cosmetic treatment appears to be relatively safe. Since it causes muscles to freeze, it was originally intended to treat muscle spasms, especially eye spasms. But, it wasn’t long until the substance was discovered to minimize the appearance of superficial wrinkles and crow’s feet.
BOTOX® works by paralyzing the muscle, thereby preventing it from contracting. Over time, the muscles will regain movement and you get another treatment. Studies have shown that repeat treatments have led to the muscles becoming “trained” to stay relaxed, preventing wrinkles from forming.
Even though this is the most popular way BOTOX® is used, it’s also a wildly popular agent in treating migraines. This is especially helpful for chronic migraine sufferers since there are almost no negative side effects from the substance itself.
Another great benefit of using BOTOX® is for people who constantly deal with excessive perspiration, or hyperhidrosis. For most people, they usually treat their excess sweat with antiperspirants prescribed by their doctor, many of which the long-term effects are unknown. For people who suffer with hyperhidrosis, the effects are only mild at best using prescriptions. However, BOTOX® seems to perfectly balance these annoying issues and can alleviate the disorder for many months down the road.
Overall, BOTOX® is best known for fighting facial wrinkles and lines that haven’t quite set in — known as ‘dynamic’ wrinkles — that show up while moving the face, including smiling or frowning. If a person doesn’t move their facial muscles too much, it’s likely that the wrinkle will take longer to form. But, who can live like that? BOTOX® is therefore considered more of a preventative measure against aging overall.
You should expect to resume your everyday activities following a BOTOX® treatment. BOTOX® injections typically start working only after a couple of days. Based on the particular issue that’s treated, the effects can last anywhere from 3-12 months. For most people, ongoing follow-up injections are required in order to maintain the overall effect of BOTOX®.
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If you’re interested in experiencing the cosmetic benefits of BOTOX®, contact Advanced Anti-Aging and Weight Loss. Our medical team will work with you to determine the most effective treatment plan for your needs.