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Botox injections are used primarily to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, as well as to treat conditions like excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), neck spasms and certain muscle twitches, an overactive bladder, and lazy eye. They may also be used to assist in the prevention of chronic migraines. A strain of the botulinum toxin is injected into the muscle to temporarily “freeze” a muscle, and prevents it from moving. While Botox is the best-known name for botulinum toxin injections, other products now include rimabotulinumtoxinB (Myobloc), abobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport), and incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin). Each is slightly different, especially when it comes to the dosage units, which is why they’re not interchangeable.
What To Expect When You Go In For Botox
Botox isn’t typically an extremely painful procedure, although many people get their skin numbed beforehand (especially if you’re getting Botox to treat your soles or palmsfor excessive sweating). Your doctor may utilize one or more of different types of methods available to numb the area, including ice and vibration anesthesia, or topical anesthesia, to ease the discomfort.
Botox injections should be performed by a licensed medical provider such as a doctor or RN. The licensed medical provider will use a thin needle to inject minute amounts of botulinum toxin into your muscles or skin, with the number of injections depending on various factors such as the extent of the area being treated. After the procedure, try not to rub or massage the areas of injection for 24 hours in order to prevent the toxin from spreading to an area other than the desired area. There is no downtime and you can resume normal activities after the procedure. Botox injections typically begin having noticeable effects 1-3 days following treatment. Depending on the issue and area being treated, the effects may last three months or longer. Regular follow-up injections are necessary to maintain the effects.
Who Might Consider Botox?
Since Botox is usually a purely cosmetic procedure, if and when somebody decides they “need” it is a completely personal decision. Certain people may not be as bothered by fine lines and wrinkles, but for those that are, it is recommended to begin treatments when they first start seeing lines develop, or when the wrinkles linger even after they stop moving. Preventative Botox is getting increasingly popular due to its preventive effect on dynamic wrinkles, which result from underlying muscle movement. However, remember that muscle movement is only one component of wrinkle development; other components include smoking, diet, and sun exposure. To tackle fine wrinkles or lines between the brows, around the eyes, or on the forehead, Botox can be a good choice. The best way to decide whether or not Botox is the right choice for you is to consult with a licensed medical provider of Botox.
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Botox can be an effective, low-risk way to combat and prevent fine lines and wrinkles with virtually no downtime. Many people start getting Botox in their 20s, before wrinkles and lines set in, to prevent the onset of signs of aging further down the line. Call Jimenez Chiropractic Med-Spa to learn more about Botox today.