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What is Botox?

Botox is a non-surgical FDA-approved drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium called botulinum toxin. It’s an injectable that is injected into the facial muscles and used to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe crow’s feet and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.

Did you know that Botox has been around for decades? It’s actually one of the simplest and most trusted methods for eliminating wrinkles. Botox works by temporarily weakening the facial muscles which then reduces the appearances of wrinkles. This injection is typically used to target crow’s feet, furrowed brow lines, forehead wrinkles, and frown lines.

Interesting Facts about Botox

What are some interesting facts about Botox? Did you know that Botox is the most popular cosmetic surgery treatment world-wide? Yep, there are over 6 million Botox treatments administered each year. Another fun fact about Botox is that the injections are not limited to just the facial region. For those who aren’t familiar with Botox, it’s also administered to help treat excessive sweating in the arm pits area. Surprising isn’t it? Just when you thought Botox was a facial cosmetic procedure.

How does Botox Work?

How exactly does a Botox injection reduce the wrinkles? Well for starters, Botox is a paralyzing drug that aims to temporarily restricts muscle movement in the facial area so wrinkles are unable to form. How are wrinkles formed? They’re formed from our facial expressions when our facial muscles contract back and forth. So by restricting these movements, we’re able to relax and reduce wrinkles.

How is the Botox procedure performed?

Now that we know what a Botox injection is, so how is the procedure performed? The procedure begins by injecting the Botox into a specific facial muscle with a fine needle. Once administered, it will take approximately 24 to 72 hours for the Botox to take effect. The entire procedure typically only requires a few minutes and doesn’t require anesthesia.

What are the potential side effects from a Botox injection?

Another frequently asked question is the possible side effects that come from the Botox injection. Generally speaking, the botulinum toxin (Botox) is well tolerated and in some rare cases there may be a few side effects. Here’s a list of some of the effects:

  • Headache
  • Mild Nausea
  • Temporary Weakness in surrounding facial muscles
  • Neck Weakness
  • Gallbladder Dysfunction
  • Bleeding
  • Blurred Vision
  • Drooping of the Eyelids
  • Decreased Eyesight
  • Dry Mouth
  • Fatigue

In some instances, other medicines can increase certain side effects of Botox such as cold medicine, muscle relaxers, and sleeping pills. Consult your doctor about all your current medications.

Who should not receive Botox?

Typically speaking, getting a Botox injection is not for everyone. There are some limitations to who can and cannot receive the treatment. Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use Botox. Additionally, patients with a neurological disease should also not receive the treatment.

Will my Medical insurance cover Botox?

Probably the most important question of all times, will our medical insurance cover our cosmetic procedure? The answer is quite simple and direct. No. Unfortunately, Botox is not covered by your medical insurance when used for cosmetic purposes. However, if it was for an actual medical reason, then the possibility of the Botox increases. Be sure to check with your health insurance company for coverage details.

How long does the Botox injection last?

One of the most frequently asked questions is how long does the effects of the Botox injection last? The injection typically will last around three to four months. Towards the end stages of the Botox effect, the facial muscles will gradually return and the fine lines and wrinkles will reappear once again. However, over repeated treatments, the facial muscles will appear less and less severe with time because the muscles are being trained to relax.

What are the results of a Botox Injection?

So what am I looking at? You’re probably wondering what is it exactly did you sign yourself up for and what will I be expecting. Well, after the 1 to 3 days of patiently waiting for the Botox effect to kick in, these are the amazing results you’ll be left with. That’s right! All 3 to 4 full months of tighter facial complexion, fewer wrinkles, and a younger looking you!

A side by side before/after comparison of a Botox injection for the Crow’s Feet