The use of Botox to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the face has become quite popular over the past 20 years due to its effectiveness.
More people than ever before are using Botox and similar products. In 2017 alone, new heights were reached with 7.2 million of these types of aesthetic treatments performed for patients.
Now that so many are relying on its effects, do we need to worry? Is there such a thing as “too much” when it comes to Botox?
What is Botox, Anyway?
Botox and other products like it use a form of botulinum toxin that can prevent muscle contractions for a period of time. It is useful both cosmetically and medically. Medically, the injection can subdue the pain of chronic migraines. It is also used as a treatment for dystonia (a movement disorder) and to reduce the pain of peripheral neuropathy (a nerve disorder affecting the limbs).
Originally, Botox was meant to reduce eye spasms, and now it is being used to treat muscle spasms as well for those who have uncontrollable twitching. For patients with Bell’s palsy, it can relax muscles on the nonaffected side of the face for a more symmetrical facial appearance.
On the aesthetic side, Botox can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and creases. Most middle-aged and older celebrities bank on this cosmetic treatment to keep them looking forever young. And many average Americans are now counting on Botox to keep themselves looking younger longer.
Botox sounds good so far, but as with any treatment, there are risks as well. While safe when properly administered by an experienced doctor, the thing with Botox is people seem to get hooked on its effects. But, as long as dosage isn’t overly large, there is little chance of the toxin from the injection spreading to other parts of the body. Should this happen, however, it can result in muscle weakness, vision or breathing problems, and incontinence. Most people can repeatedly undergo properly dosed Botox injections without fear of long-term complications.
Temporary side effects of Botox treatments may include bruising or swelling at the injection site, headache, droopy eyelids or cocked eyebrows.
What to Expect When You Get Botox
The key to a safe Botox cosmetic procedure is selecting a doctor who is a properly trained and licensed doctor who has performed the process successfully.
You should tell your doctor exactly why you want Botox so that you can have a discussion about the likely outcome for you, depending on your current condition and needs. A legitimate physician will not encourage unrealistic expectations when it comes to any type of treatment.
After receiving a Botox injection, avoid touching the treated area to help prevent the spread of the toxin.
Are You Considering Botox?
Here at Northwest Hair Restoration, we can surely assist you with your Botox needs. Call us for more information at (253) 572-2949 or, for added convenience, you can always request a consultation online.