How do I get rid of these wrinkles?!
Are you tired of waking up each morning and seeing deep frown lines in the mirror? These unwanted lines and wrinkles, which become more apparent as you age, can be diminished with a treatment of Botox ®. Over six million injections were given to people frustrated with these pesky age lines in 2014 alone. 1)Gart MS, Gutowski KA. Overview of Botulinum Toxins for Aesthetic Uses. Clin Plast Surg. 2016;43(3):459-471. Botox meaning is derived from the bacterial toxin it mimics. Like so many other significant medical breakthroughs, it anti-aging effects were discovered by accident when a dermatologist and his wife, an ophthalmologist, used it to treat the signs of aging in the late 1980s. For more on anti-aging, check out 4 Antioxidants for Younger Looking Skin. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially approved onabotulinum toxin A for facial use in 1989 as Botox ® Allergan, and other similar products have since been released on the market, including Dysport ®, MYOBLOC ®, and XEOMIN ®.
What is Botox ®?
Botox ingredients are derived from the toxins Clostridium botulinum bacteria release, which halt neurologic communication with muscles cells. This results muscle paralysis and is why botulinum poisoning has resulted in death. The FDA has approved Botox use to treat frown lines between eyebrows, Crow’s feet (lines that appear around a person’s eyes when laughing or smiling), and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). In addition to its anti-aging effects, Botox uses include treatment of headaches, swallowing problems, eyelid spasms, among other things. Botox cosmetic effects are seen within 3-7 days. Botox before and after can be quite dramatic, with the effects lasting as long as 3-4 months—sometimes even longer.
Where should you get Botox ®?
The first step to getting Botox ® is to make sure you are not administered in a non-medical setting, such as in a non-medical spa, salon, party, or someone’s home. Instead we recommend choosing a dermatologists or plastic surgeon who receive training in this procedure during residency. This will decrease your risk of Botox® poisoning, which can result in long-term muscle paralysis, Bell’s palsy, and eye damage. Botox ® side effects include include bruising (which can last about one week), swelling, redness, soreness, and and less commonly, headache.
There are a few questions you should have answered before get the procedure done. First, make sure the physician is either doing the procedure or in the facility a trained staff member is performing it. It is smart to also ask how many times that person has injected Botox ®. Most cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance, so be sure to know the cost before you undergo the procedure. Also, it is important to disclose if you are taking any blood-thinners, pain-relievers, and other medications you can buy over the counter, like aspirin, Sensation after the procedure is not lost and natural facial expressions are still able to me maintained because just enough to weaken the muscles are injected. Most people are even able to go back to their daily routine the same day of the injection.
Other ways to prophylactically help slow the dermatologic effects of aging is to decrease exposure to the sun, by wearing sunscreen, as in 4 Tips on How to Apply Sunscreen. This also has the protective benefit of decreasing risk of skin cancer, detailed in 5 Ways to Tell if You Have Skin Cancer in 2017.
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|1.||↑||Gart MS, Gutowski KA. Overview of Botulinum Toxins for Aesthetic Uses. Clin Plast Surg. 2016;43(3):459-471.|