Botox 101: A Beginner’s Guide

Botox is a popular treatment that’s commonly used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles.

Botox 101: A Beginner’s Guide

Botox is a popular treatment that’s commonly used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. It’s also used to treat a variety of medical conditions. The treatment is quick, non-surgical, and carried out at a dermatologist’s office location—there is no need for a visit to the hospital—and you’re free to leave immediately after the procedure is carried out.

Botox Basics 

  • What is Botox?
  • Who can have Botox?

What is Botox?

While the treatment is commonly referred to as simply, Botox, this is actually a brand name. The procedure involves injecting tiny amounts of a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin type A into the muscles of the face. Such Botox treatment is produced by the manufacturer, Allergan. 

You might also have heard about another treatment, called Dysport. This is a very similar product that has the same effects and is derived from the same neurotoxins. Your doctor will discuss which is the best treatment for you at your initial personal consultation.

Both work in the same manner. They block the signals sent from the nerves to the muscles, causing the muscles to relax. This means the skin that lies above the muscle takes on a smoother appearance and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and lines.

The effects of Botox are temporary, typically lasting around three to four months. After this you will need to have the procedure re-done to maintain the youthful results.

Who can have Botox?

Botox treatment is appropriate for most adults who want to reduce the signs of aging and enjoy a more relaxed, youthful appearance. There are no age restrictions for either Botox or Dysport treatment for adults.

The only contraindication is for women who are pregnant or nursing.

Reasons to have Botox Treatment 

  • Botox for anti-aging/anti-wrinkle
  • Botox for medical reasons

Botox for anti-aging/anti-wrinkle 

The most common reason to have Botox is for the treatment of facial wrinkles and lines. The procedure is most commonly use to target crow’s feet, forehead lines, and those between the eyebrows. Some of the many advantages include:

  • Effective, fast working, and safe
  • Results are immediately visible, with the best results seen within a week
  • No downtime necessary—you can return to normal activities straight after treatment
  • Side effects are usually mild, if at all. Any redness, swelling, or bruising soon disappears
  • Can be used in combination with other anti-aging treatments, including dermal fillers
  • Can also be preventative, as muscle movement is stopped so deeper lines take longer to form

The key aspect of Botox treatment is to choose the most experienced of practitioners. Poorly carried out procedures can leave a ‘frozen’ appearance that makes the face unable to be fully expressive. A great Botox practitioner not only carries out the treatment but views it as an artform in the creative application of the injections. This allows the face to remain wholly animated, yet reduces lines and wrinkles effectively.

Botox for medical reasons

The treatment is also used for a variety of medical reasons, such as:

  • Chronic migraines and headaches
  • Excessive sweating
  • Lazy eye
  • Overactive bladder 

Considering Botox? Contact the Experts at Bayou City Dermatology Today 

Even though Botox is a commonly carried out procedure, it’s essential to only utilize the services of a highly qualified service. Bayou City Dermatology offers the ultimate service, with talented healthcare professionals who are experts at providing the best service to achieve the desired natural, youthful look. 

This ultimate Botox treatent begins with first contact and an in-depth consultation. Your wishes will be discussed, the procedure explained in full, and a personalized treatment plan will be created. Only after this is determined will Botox injections be carried out. Rest assured that you’ll be advised if you’re not an ideal candidate for Botox. 

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