What is Botox?
Botox is a prescription drug made from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. Botox temporarily paralyzes muscle activity. When injected into the skin, it acts as a barrier to nerve signals traveling to the muscles, preventing them from contracting. This relaxes and softens facial wrinkles and creases. Botox is most often used to treat forehead and frown lines and crow’s feet.
As with injectable fillers, Botox offers temporary results. Maintenance injections are required every three to six months depending on your individual results.
Risks and Rewards:
All procedures carry a small amount of risk, but serious adverse reactions from injectable dermal fillers and Botox are rare. Side effects or adverse reactions you might experience include swelling, bruising, redness, tenderness, numbness, rash, itching, skin nodules (which can usually be massaged out), skin breakdown, scarring, blurred vision, infection, flu-like symptoms, eyelid position changes or allergic reactions. Most of these side effects are temporary and usually clear up within a week. For the majority of people seeking a more youthful appearance without surgery, these are acceptable risks for a treatment that offers immediate, dramatic and beautiful results with minimal down time.
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