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All About Botox

All About BotoxBotox - it`s all the buzz in the media - perhaps the fastest growing anti-aging treatment in recent history. Not everyone has tried it, but everyone has heard of it. Botox has definitely been a popular topic of conversation over the past few years and thousands are flocking to surgeons to give it a try. Here`s some general information about Botox that we have put together for you, in case you`re considering experiencing, first-hand, what the buzz is all about.


The Discovery of Botox

You may be surprised to learn that Botox has its history in a field of treatment other than that of wrinkles. Botox, or Botulinum Type A, has previously been utilized in the treatment of muscle disorders such as Parkinson`s disease and also in the treatment of migraines. Perhaps a more shocking fact some may recognize is that Botulinum Type A is the original and concentrated form of the deadly Botulism. To answer your question, yes they are the same thing. As bizarre as this may seem, the current form of Botulinum Type A, is certainly of a different form and concentration. Botox in its most current form has only been approved in the treatment of wrinkles since 2002. Therefore, the long-term effects of its use are still unknown.


How Does Botox Work?

Botox is injected to the various areas in the face with a small needle under local anesthetic and sometimes a mild sedative. Botox works by paralyzing the muscles beneath the skin, thereby causing the muscles that are contracted in the wrinkles to relax and release. Because Botox works in underlying facial muscles, clients need to be aware that the treatment will have no effect on surface wrinkles, but only on the deep-seated wrinkles that are caused by facial movement.


The FAQ`s of Botox - What You Need to Know

As with any procedure you are considering, it is highly recommended that your treatment is administered by a Board Certified Surgeon and there is no shortage of resources on the Internet that will help you locate one near you. Board Certified Surgeons have undergone more training, report to a higher authority, and have more reliability if something should arise during your procedure that needs follow-up.


So what about the cost of Botox? Is it painful? How long does it take? What is the recovery like? There are many questions to consider. Botox is generally pain-free and most people that have undergone the procedure describe the injections as feeling close to that of an insect-bite. The cost is on average between $350 and $500 dollars for every treated area and recovery is quick - patients usually return to normal activities right away, or after anesthesia wears off.


The downside of Botox is the need for repetitive treatment. That is, the results last only for an average of four months so the procedure must be done a few times a year in order to maintain results. To date, other than minor eyelid drooping, which appears to subside over time, no negative side-effects have been attributed to Botox.


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