The Unexpected Benefits of Botox
The wrinkle treatment ‘Botox’ is preventative, just do not over-do it.
Botox, Xeomin and Dysport are all used in countering wrinkles. They are a purified form botulinum toxin A, which means there is not a botulism risk when the treatment is used properly. They work by blocking the nerves that contracts the muscles which soften the appearance of wrinkles.
The Benefits and Side Effects
When using Botox, it is most effective on wrinkles that haven’t completely set in — “dynamic” wrinkles that appear when you move your face, such as frowning. “If you don’t move the muscle too much, you will not form the wrinkle,” states Columbia University dermatologist Monica Halem, MD. Dr. Halem considers Botox as preventive.
The FDA remembers that you talk to your doctor before starting Botox, Dysport or Xeomin if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Some side-affects are possible: headaches, pain at the injection site and minor bruising. Less than 1% of cases, drooping eyebrows or eyelids occurred and returned to their natural state within a few months.
Before and After Photos – Botox Treatment
If you decide to try Botox:
- Avoid medications that can thin the blood. If you are taking aspirin or ibuprofen, you are more likely to bruise at the site of the needle injection. It is recommended that you avoid taking these types of medication for two weeks in advance to your Botox treatment. Ensure you inform your doctor before treatment about any supplements you are taking, even if they are “organic.” Some of these supplements (such as ginko, vitamin E or fish oil) also thin your blood. Your doctor may consult you to not use these supplements for two weeks prior to your Botox treatment.
- Take it easy. Ask your doctor or nurse for a more natural, expressive look. Your doctor can adjust your doses accordingly.
- Watch the partying. Parties and spas are fun, but not for injection fillers. Always be sure your Botox is performed by a doctor who is board-certified in plastic surgery or dermatology.