Botox Explained: Don’t Be Afraid!

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When did those wrinkles get there? It seems like just yesterday you were graduating from high school. Where did the time go? Don’t let your face give away your age! Botox can help reduce your facial wrinkles and fine lines restoring a more youthful appearance. Let us answer your questions and ease your fears about this popular cosmetic procedure.

What Is Botox?

Botox is a prescription medication derived from Clostridium botulinum which is FDA approved for injection to temporarily reduce moderate to deep wrinkles and fine lines. Botox is the number one cosmetic procedure in the world, with millions of procedures done annually.

What Does Botox Do?

For cosmetic results, Botox causes temporary muscle relaxation of certain facial muscles that cause frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal lines across the forehead, and crow’s feet around the eyes.

How Does Botox Work?

Once injected, Botox blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is responsible for muscle contractions. The reduction in repetitive muscle contraction causes the facial muscles to relax, allowing wrinkles and fine lines to diminish. If performed by a certified trained professional, you should never lose the ability to show expression in your face.

How Is Botox Administered?

Botox is administered in a non-surgical procedure using a fine needle. Your provider will inject Botox directly into the facial muscles that cause those deep wrinkles and fine lines. Topical anesthetic cream may or may not be used before the injection to reduce sensation. Talk with your provider about pre-procedure options to minimize discomfort.

What Are the Side Effects of Botox?

Botox has been used in the medical industry for over thirty years by millions of patients. The most common side effects are temporary minor bruising and redness at the injection site. Your provider should go over the complete list of side effects before administration to ensure patient comfort and satisfaction.

How Long Does Botox Last?

The procedure itself is completed in a matter of minutes during an office visit. After the procedure, you may return to your normal daily activities. Typically, Botox takes three to ten days before the full effects are noticeable. Botox injections are typically repeated every three to six months, depending on desired results.

Still have some questions about Botox? No problem, contact the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City for more information.