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5 Minutes to a Younger Face: BOTOX®

Who doesn’t know someone who has had BOTOX® injections?  What is BOTOX®?  What are the side effects?  Will it give me botulism?  Rest assured, these are all questions we are used to hearing in our practice.  So in response to overwhelming interest in and mounting requests for information, we are offering answers to some of the most popular questions first-time (and veteran) BOTOX®-users bring to us on a daily basis.

Youth 5What is BOTOX®?  We’re glad you asked!  BOTOX® is a temporary treatment for the inevitable signs of aging that show up in our faces over the years.  Many people are uncomfortable with the worry, laugh and frown lines, crow’s feet and other facial wrinkles that accumulate over time.  BOTOX® treats this problem by relaxing the exact muscles that are causing the wrinkles.

How soon will I see results?  After about 5 days you will see the effects of BOTOX® injections on your selected target areas.

How long does the treatment last?  Usually about 3-4 months.  After that you will need additional treatments if you want to maintain that younger look.

BOTOX® side effects:  You may notice some minor discomfort such as swelling, stinging or throbbing in the treatment area.  Occasionally some bruising and swelling can remain for a few weeks.  Redness should dissipate within 24 hours.  Note:  In rare cases, it can cause temporary weakness of the surrounding muscles in the target area that could cause a drooping eyelid or asymmetrical expression in the face.

Still wondering about the botulism question?  While BOTOX® is technically the botulinum toxin, which is the same thing that causes the kind of botulism that makes you very sick, it is extremely rare for this to happen, and when it has, it was because the  medicine was used incorrectly in one way or another.  Rest assured, we are fully trained and qualified to safely administer your BOTOX® injections.

Did we answer all of your questions here?  Contact us for more information and to schedule a consultation!

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