Botox


Botox is an effective non-surgical treatment for facial lines.  In our thirties and forties these lines start to form in response to aging, sun exposure and the facial expressions we have all our lives.

Botox can help eliminate the lines between our eyebrows, the lines on the sides of our eyes (crows feet), and the lines across our forehead. In some people these lines are evident only when they make certain facial expressions, for others the lines are evident even when relaxed.

Botox (a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria) has been used safely by ophthalmologists for over 10 years. Botox has been used for wrinkle therapy since the early 1990’s with no serious side effects documented. A protein toxin produced by the clostridium botulinum bacteria, Botox eliminates the facial wrinkles that occur with overuse of facial muscles.

Botox injections relax the muscles that create wrinkles thereby lessening the appearance of frown lines, laugh lines and crow’s feet. A small amount of Botox is injected right into the muscles that are responsible for creating wrinkles. Botox effectively inactivates the muscles that produce wrinkles, thereby causing lines to disappear or diminish dramatically. It may take 3 to 5 days to notice that wrinkle smoothing effect after receiving Botox injections.

A Botox treatment is quick and results usually last three to six months. After that, you may return for a follow-up injection. Some doctors report that after several treatments, the effect of Botox appears to last longer, often up to several additional months.

Botox is used in extremely small amounts and does not spread throughout the body so you can return to full activity immediately. Botox can be used by almost anyone, however, patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding or who have a neurological disease should not use Botox.

New uses for Botox include reduction in sweating of hands and armpits and relief of headaches. Migraine and tension headaches respond to Botox injections. Although scientific studies have shown that headache sufferers benefit from a Botox injection, insurance companies usually do not pay for the procedure. Check with your insurer prior to treatment.

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