Botox is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the Bacterium Clostridium Botulinum called Botulinum Toxin. It is injected to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles.
Benefits if Botox?
- Non-surgical Solution to Lines & Wrinkles – Experience a flawless complexion without the need for surgical enhancement.
- Proven to Lift the Brow – You can life the brow making your face look less tired, giving you a more youthful appearance.
- Decreases Excessive Sweating – Treatment can lessen the amount of sweat produced under the arms.
Benefits and Side Effects
Botox is most effective on wrinkles that haven’t quite set -- “dynamic” wrinkles that appear while you’re moving your face, such as when you frown. “If you don’t move the muscle too much, you won’t form the wrinkle,” says Columbia University dermatologist Monica Halem, MD. She considers Botox preventive.
If you're breastfeeding, pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, the FDA recommends that you talk to your doctor before starting Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin.
Side effects are possible: headaches, bruising, pain at the site of injection, and, in fever than 1% of cases, drooping eyelids or eyebrows that return to their natural position within a few months.
If you decide to give it a try:
Don’t be a pill. You're more likely to get a bruise at the site of the needle injection if you're taking aspirin or ibuprofen; these medications thin the blood and increase bleeding which causes the bruise. Skip the pills for two weeks in advance of your treatment. You should also tell your doctor -- before treatment -- about any supplements you're taking, even if they're "natural," because some (such as fish oil pills, gingko, or vitamin E, also thin blood. Your doctor may ask you not to use those supplements for two weeks before your treatment.
Go easy. Ask our doctor for a more natural, expressive look. Our doctor can adjust the dose accordingly.
Don’t party on. Spas and parties are fun, but not for injections. These wrinkle treatment should only be done by a doctor who is board-certified in dermatology or plastic surgery.