Ask The Doctor: Everything You Need To Know About Botox
- Posted on: Jun 21 2011
Our answers to the most frequently asked Botox questions.
Over the last few years, Botox has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available, due in large part to celebrity endorsements, quick, lasting results and inexpensive costs. However, while many people recognize the term and understand the benefits of Botox, very few people actually have a thorough understanding of what Botox is.
We have put together the most common questions about Botox in order to educate people on the procedure, the safety and the many benefits that come along with this popular cosmetic treatment:
What is Botox?
Botulinum Toxin, most commonly referred to as Botox, is a popular, non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates facial wrinkles and frown lines on the forehead, between the brows and near the eyes. The 10-minute treatment utilizes a few small injections to relax the muscles that cause wrinkle lines and keep them relaxed for up to four months.
Who is a good candidate for Botox?
Botox is a great cosmetic procedure for men and women aged 18-65 who have unwanted wrinkles and are not interested in undergoing surgery. While Botox is most commonly used for temporarily reducing the appearance of facial lines, it can also be used for therapeutic purposes.
Certain eye muscle conditions such as uncontrolled blinking or eyelid spasms are commonly treated with Botox. It is also a useful treatment for people who suffer from migraines and headaches, along with those who suffer from severe underarm sweating.
Where do people commonly get Botox?
The most common areas treated with Botox are frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. Many people also choose to get Botox on wrinkle lines that appear with animated and emotional expression, called hyperdynamic lines.
What happens during the procedure?
Botox is a quick, relatively pain-free procedure that usually lasts around 10 minutes. Your doctor will decide where to direct the injections in order to achieve the best results. While there is no anesthesia required for the treatment, some doctors may numb the area with ice or an anesthetic cream before the insert the injections.
If any discomfort is caused by the injection, it will be very minimal. Most patients don’t experience any sting whatsoever, although those that do compare the sensation to a bug bite. Once the procedure is over, patients are typically presentable upon leaving the office and are able to return to their normal day-to-day activities.
Is Botox safe?
Botox was approved as a cosmetic treatment by the FDA in 2002 and it is considered one of the safest treatments available. Serious side effects are extremely rare and are almost always temporary.
The most common side effect of Botox is bruising at the site of the injection the day of the procedure, however it can be prevented by not taking aspirin or vitamin E supplements at least two days leading up to the treatment.
How long should my Botox last for?
Botox typically lasts between three and four months, but it can vary with each patient. In most cases, Botox treatment is only required three to four times a year for each person.
What is a Botox party?
Because Botox is such a simple, non-invasive procedure, many people choose to host Botox parties for themselves and their friends. These parties typically involve appetizers, good conversation and the benefits of Botox done in a comfortable setting. Many people enjoy Botox parties because you are able to go through the procedure with the support and encouragement of your friends which helps to ease any nerves.
Botox parties can be arranged from the Dr. Shel Wellness and Medical Spa near Houston, Texas. We will even supply the champagne and your choice of chocolate truffles or wine and cheese. Also, as a bonus, the host of the party will receive 20 free units of Botox. Be sure to contact our office at (281) 313-7435 for more information.