Answers To Your Questions About Botox

What is Botox?

Botox is a drug prepared from the toxin botulin. It is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles. Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.

Sounds scary. Is Botox safe?

Yes! Botox injections are safe when performed by an experienced doctor. The most common side effects are limited to swelling and bruising at the injection site which is common to any injection procedure.

What are the benefits of Botox?

Botox use may seem as simple as injecting the drug in a few set locations, but the creative, artistic use of Botox is much more complex than that. Skilled physicians visualize the muscles that they want to paralyze, and pepper the muscle with many small injections of the drug. The goal of Botox is not to “freeze” the forehead and eyebrows, but rather to preserve some motion while reducing objectionable wrinkles. A skilled doctor will tailor every Botox injection to get the best custom results for you.

Who is a good candidate for Botox?

Botox is most generally used on the forehead, outer corners of the eyes, and brow area. Those wishing to reduce wrinkles in those areas without undergoing invasive facial plastic surgery are good candidates for this procedure.

What is the actual procedure like?

When you come into the office, you will be reclined comfortably on the chair in the procedure room. You can then choose to have a numbing cream applied to help lessen the pin-prick of the injection. The doctor will briefly leave the room to allow you to numb up. Then, it is a simple injection into the predetermined areas, a little bit of blotting the injection site with a small medical sponge, and you are on your way. It is easy to squeeze a Botox treatment into your lunch hour or busy schedule. There is no preparation required and most people report going about their daily lives immediately afterward. The smoothing results will slowly emerge a few days after treatment and are fully realized after about a week. The first treatment usually lasts about three months, but subsequent treatments can yield longer-lasting results.

If you are interested in a quick solution to forehead, brow, and eye wrinkles, Botox may be the product for you. Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Amy Brewster, who has extensive Botox experience, to receive a dedicated, artistic approach to your Botox treatments.

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