Botox treatments have gained wide popularity in softening and reducing the expression lines that come with aging. Botox is a very diluted form of the bacteria that causes botulism, and works by blocking nerve impulses to the small facial muscles that produce wrinkles and lines with constant expressions such as smiling or frowning. This blocking of the nerve impulses by the effects Botox prevents these small muscles from contracting. MyBotoxLA

Although once associated with a “frozen” facial appearance, physicians have now perfected the technique of targeting just the right injection sites and controlling the exact amount of the drug injected to maintain a natural appearance.

Botox’s origins were in treating neurological and ophthalmological problems, and has been used very safely for treating certain types of these disorders for well over ten years’ time. Physicians noted the side effect of reduced wrinkling of the skin in conjunction with treating these other disorders, hence the rise in popularity of Botox as a cosmetic treatment.

The cosmetic treatment involves injection of a minute amount of Botox with a very fine needle into specific locations on the face. Pain associated with injection is very minimal. A small amount of bruising that is easily covered with make-up can be associated with the injection. Patients may immediately resume their normal activities following treatment.

There are also side effects other than minor bruising that occur. Rarely, the toxin can migrate to areas other than the injection site and cause drooping of eyelids or other facial areas. You should discuss this possibility with your doctor before agreeing to the treatment, but remember this is an uncommon side effect. One thing to keep in mind is that any side effect associated with Botox injections are temporary, lasting only a few weeks at most.

Treatment with Botox can definitely help with keeping a youthful appearance, but treatment is best started before the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles. It cannot improve the sagging skin that appears with aging, particularly if you are aged 65 or more. In these cases, facelifts or brow lifts would be more appropriate treatments.

Botox’s skin-smoothing effects are short-lived, lasting in the neighborhood of 3-6 months. This means that if you decide to keep using Botox that you will need injections two or three times a year, but this varies from patient to patient. Often, the treatments last longer between sessions over time.

As well as for cosmetic applications, Botox treatments are also used for relieving headaches, reducing muscle spasms, reduce excessive underarm perspiration and aid those with TMJ problems. The amount of Botox needed for treatment depends on the underlying strength and thickness of the muscles in the area to be treated, and also by any prior Botox usage. The effects of treatment with Botox are fully seen ten days after treatment.

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