Patients choose Botox because it blocks muscles under the skin from contracting and causing wrinkles, instead of just filling in wrinkles like many procedures. Many patients want to have it injected into their eyebrow area to get rid of frown lines, but it is also useful for getting rid of crows feet and other facial lines. It has also been approved to treat eye coordination problems, ocular muscle spasms migraines and severe perspiration.
Botox smoothes wrinkles by paralyzing the muscles so they can no longer contract. Patients generally see results within a week of treatment and the skin remains wrinkle-free for at least three months. Patients should receive injections at a medical spa or doctor‘s office. Kits are being sold that allow people to inject themselves at home, but these kits are often unsafe. Numbing creme or local anesthesia is usually used to numb the injection site before the procedure begins.
Some patients feel discomfort when the shot is injected, but many patients don’t report feeling pain at all. Most procedures take less than twenty minutes to be performed, and the patient is usually allowed to resume their normal activities as soon as the process is complete.
One of the essential parts of the procedure is selecting injection points. Many patients believe that the injection should be placed directly on the wrinkle they hope to remove. Still, the process is more effective when the doctor chooses injection points located where the muscles contract.
Most of the side effects of Botox are very mild. Common ones include nausea, headache, flu-like symptoms, and pain and redness in the injection areas. Patients rarely reported more severe side effects such as drooping of the eyelids and muscle weakness. These side effects are usually temporary.
The Food and Drug Administration requires Botox and similar products to be labeled with black box warning patients of swallowing and breathing complications that can occur if spreading the toxin occurs. There have been no reports of patients using the product cosmetically having these side effects.
Most patients see the effects of their procedure for at least four months, but the results often last six months or longer. The wrinkles will generally reappear once the muscles can contract once again. Receiving injections every six months is a great way to keep the wrinkles from coming back. Patients usually notice that their wrinkles don’t show as much, even without further injections because the muscles are used to being relaxed and not contracting.
The cost for these injections generally ranges from $125 to $400 per area being treated, depending on the doctor and the size of the area. Patients may choose to have a single area or multiple areas treated at the same time. One important thing to note is that looking for discounts on this procedure is not a good idea because the risk of complications is excellent. Most doctors offer payment plans and financing options to patients who have difficulty affording the injections.