What is Botox?
Botox (Botulinum Toxin) is a protein complex that has several benefits if used in small amounts. It can be used to effectively treat health problems such as excessive sweating, urinary problems, cerebral palsy, and migraines. Botox can also be used for cosmetic purposes because of its ability to relax the muscles under your skin.
Cosmetic Botox treatments consist of the Botox complex being injected into the muscles to smooth out the surrounding areas. Other than the discomfort of the needle, there is little to no pain involved in this procedure. Once the compound is injected under your skin, Botox helps to limit muscle activity to reduce wrinkles or lines from forming on the surface. The results can be seen within a few days and can last up to 6 months.
What results can I expect to see with Botox?
Botox treatments work effectively to get rid of crows feed, horizontal forehead lines, frown lines, asymmetric/gummy smiles, and sweating. Botox treatments have become popular over the years for a number of reasons.
- First, they are relatively cheap compared to the costs of getting a facelift or intensive cosmetic surgery done.
- Second, they are quick and much less painful than getting a face lift. An average Botox treatment appointment lasts about 30 minutes and any swelling is gone within two days. When someone undergoes a face lift, they can have bandages, swelling and bruising for several months after the procedure.
- Third, Botox treatments are less invasive and more temporary compared to face lifts. Cosmetic procedures involve making a change in your appearance, and the change may not be what you expected to see. Botox treatments give a person a chance to see if they like the results first, and if they don’t, they can just wait for the results to fade.
What are some of the risks associated with Botox?
Although the risks associated with Botox are rare, consult a health professional if you are considering getting Botox. Be sure to disclose any sort of medication that you are taking. Some medications can cause allergic reactions to the Botox treatment. Let your health professional know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as it is usually not recommended to have Botox treatments done during that time.
The most common risks associated with Botox treatments include:
– Allergic reactions to the chemicals used
– Having different results from what you expected—luckily, Botox treatments are temporary so if you get results you didn’t expect, it’ll fade in time
– Muscle weakening and eye droopiness
– Additional side effects to Botox include headaches, nausea, redness, and itching
Within the 123Dentist Community Network, we have dentist that are professionally trained to perform safe and effective Botox treatments for you. Visit one of our 123Dentist.com locations that offer Botox treatments today for your consultation! Our dentists and staff would be happy to go through the treatment options that are best for you and help you make an informed decision.