What Is Botox and Is It Safe for Me?

Botox, the short form for "botulinum toxin," has become a blockbuster drug that millions use regularly to reduce wrinkles in the upper half of the face, especially the forehead and around the eyes.

How Does Botox Work?

Basically, Botox works by disengaging the connection between the nerves and the muscles. When injected in small amounts, it can weaken a muscle for three or four months, which makes it desirable for medical conditions involving spasms or involuntary muscle disorders.

When used for the treatment of wrinkles, skilled providers attempt to visualize the muscles they want to "paralyze," and hit them with several small injections of the drug. The goal is to allow some motion to remain present in the area while reducing the appearance of fine lines, crow's feet, and laugh lines.

How Long Does a Treatment Last?

Botox works by targeting one of the underlying causes of wrinkles — years of repeated muscle contractions from frowning, squinting, and laughing. It only take about 15 minutes for a treatment, and the resulting smoother skin can last as long as four months. Most clients report very little discomfort during the procedure.

Is It Safe to Put That in My Face?

Fresh Start Body Aesthetics is confident about the safety of Botox. It has been studied extensively and is approved for cosmetic use in 78 countries. Botox has a record of experience that aesthetic providers know and trust, and moreover, its safety and efficacy have been evaluated in both Allergan-sponsored clinical trials, as well as in 417 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals.

The FDA approved Botox to lessen vertical frown lines between the brows. But the FDA man getting botoxallows drugs to also be used for purposes that they haven’t specifically approved, so Botox is legitimately used to reduce the horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet, and "bunny lines" on the nose.

What About Those Scary Botox Stories?

Some doctors employ Botox in an attempt to decrease wrinkles around the mouth or on the neck. But these areas are less predictable than the upper face areas, and complications like drooling and lopsided smiles have resulted when the Botox travels to other areas it wasn't meant to go.

"Brotox" -- For the Men in the Crowd

Smoothing out your facial wrinkles used to be reserved for women, but more and more men are opting for the procedure. In an article earlier this month in the New York Times, several men discuss their reasons for getting "brotox" or other aesthetic treatments.

“Last year I got hair transplants,” said Joshua Baggett, a 35-year-old sound engineer. “After seeing the results, I wished I had done it sooner. I noticed I was getting crow’s-feet, and I’m getting married in August. I want to look young and good for my wedding photos, which will hopefully last a lifetime.”

Get a Consult First

If you're considering Botox treatment, it's best to get a consult first, by a trained and licensed professional. Injections might seem like simple enough work, but it's better to trust such things to people that have a great deal of experience administering them. In addition, a professional will be able to explain any risks and side effects, plus how to get the most from your Botox treatment in the months to come.

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