What Is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Botox is the brand name of the most well-known wrinkle-reducer. The FDA-approved cosmetic drug is classified as a neuromodulator. This means that it regulates the neuroreceptors in the target tissue. Botox has been widely used since the early 2000s. Before that time, the ingredient in Botox, the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, was used therapeutically in the management of muscular disorders. Initially, Botox was approved to treat glabellar lines, the “11s” that appear in between the eyebrows. Today, Botox injections are used to address a number of concerns.
Benefits Of BOTOX®
Botox is one of the most familiar injectable treatments of our time. It is known for its convenience and natural-looking results. Benefits of Botox treatment include:
- Safety and efficacy have been proven. Botox gained FDA approval in 2002. To be approved for cosmetic use, the drug had to undergo strict clinical testing, which it passed brilliantly. Being used since the early 2000s, Botox has demonstrated what it can do to rejuvenate the face quickly and safely.
- Results are consistent and lasting. The effects of Botox appear over 5 to 7 days. After that time, patients may continue enjoying their refreshed look for up to 6 months. This varies based on individual metabolism. Some people get Botox touch-ups every 3 to 4 months. Some notice that they require less frequent touch-ups over time, while others seem to build up a tolerance that minimizes the effects of the drug. In general, Botox continues to work well even after years of consistent treatment.
- Botox has become very versatile. Understanding how Botox works on muscles, doctors have discovered that this drug can correct several concerns. This injectable is commonly used to reduce the appearance of bunny lines on the nose, crows’ feet, drooping eyebrows, horizontal lines on the neck, excessive sweating, and more.
Candidates For BOTOX® Injections
Most healthy adults can be good candidates for Botox. Treatment is ideal both for the correction of existing lines and wrinkles and also for the prevention of new lines and creases around the forehead and eyes. Our staff conducts a thorough consultation for each person interested in Botox for facial rejuvenation. Treatment revolves around preferences and needs.
The BOTOX® Procedue
One of the benefits of Botox treatment is that appointments are brief. To begin, the provider discusses concerns and desired results from injectables. The skin and muscle are observed to determine injection sites. While pain is not typically a concern due to the small size of the needle, patients can request a topical numbing cream. This, however, needs to stay on the skin for approximately half an hour to be effective. Because the needle is tiny, injections are barely felt as more than a slight pinch. It takes no more than a few minutes to administer the few quick injections that are needed for great results. As soon as treatment is over, patients can resume normal activities.
Recovery From BOTOX® Injections
Patients do not need downtime after Botox. A few pinpoint red spots may be noticed at injection sites. Those areas may also swell slightly. These minor side effects decrease quickly. Within a few hours of treatment, they should resolve completely. While most normal activities can be resumed, patients should avoid rubbing the treatment area, lying down, or engaging in strenuous activity for a few hours after their appointment.
Cost Of BOTOX® Cosmetic
The cost of Botox is determined by the number of units a person needs to achieve their desired results. When looking for a treatment provider, patients will notice a per-unit price listed or discussed. Unit-price may vary from one provider to another. The most important aspect of getting Botox injections is not the price but the experience of the provider. Though serious side effects are rare, there is a risk of drooping or spreading if injections are not administered properly. For this reason, prospective patients are advised to research the providers in their area and only receive care from one who has the necessary training and experience to achieve good results.
Is The BOTOX® Treatment Painful?
Botox is not painful. Providers use a very small-gauged needle to introduce Botox into the superficial layer of muscles in various areas. Because the needle is not inserted deeply beneath the skin and does not remain in place for more than a few seconds, the only sensation patients tend to feel is a mild pinch.