What is Botox?
Botox is one of the most well known cosmetic procedures that make efficient use of the muscle paralyzing activity of the botulism toxin to reduce wrinkles and frown lines and is used extensively by Dr. Scott Beals at his three offices in Niceville and Crestview, Florida and Andalusia, Alabama. Although it is an established procedure for the management and correction of wrinkles, Botox injections may also be used to treat other conditions such as neck spasms, excessive sweating, chronic migraines, overactive bladders, and even to correct the condition known as crossed eyes.
What can I expect from a Botox procedure?
Because injections will be involved, the patient can choose to numb the indicated areas prior to the procedure. Injectable anesthesia, topical creams, or cold sprays are available for this purpose. During the procedure the doctor will inject small amounts of the toxin into the skin or the muscles directly under the wrinkles on the forehead, in between or around the eyes. The amount of the Botox injections will depend upon the severity of the wrinkles and the extent of the area that will be treated. Botox is essentially an outpatient procedure that can be completed in one session in the doctor’s office. Afterwards, the patient can resume normal activity, but it is advised to exercise precaution in applying unnecessary pressure on the treated area. This may cause the toxin to move into the adjacent areas other than the injection sites and cause some unwanted side effects.
What results should I expect from Botox?
The results from Botox are usually evident a few days after the treatment. It takes roughly this amount of time for the botulinum toxin to exert its intended action on the indicated areas. In full effect, the patient will look refreshed and rejuvenated because of the disappearance of the fine lines and wrinkles on the treated areas. The patient’s inability to frown also contributes to the reduction of the recurrence of the wrinkles overtime. In general, the effect of Botox can last between 3 to 12 months, with regular maintenance injections recommended to keep the desired effects. Visit Dr. Beals at one of his offices in Niceville FL, Crestview Florida or Andalusia AL for your Botox treatment today to reverse or prevent the effects of aging.