Botox is modern medicine’s gift to every woman. With no cuts, stitches, or downtime, it’s no wonder that Botox is the number one cosmetic procedure in the United States. As the go-to treatment for those in need of a little sprucing up, Botox is on everyone’s lips (even though it may not be on everyone’s face just yet). Sure, everyone’s heard of it. But does every Botox-newbie really know what it’s all about? How does it work? What happens after a procedure? How long does it last? Here’s complete Botox guide to answers all your questions.
A typical procedure takes about 15 minutes when administered by an experienced medical professional.
There is no downtime. Patients can return to their normal daily routine right after the procedure.
Afterwards, it is possible (though unusual) that you may have some slight bruising and tenderness at the injected site. Some experience short-term headaches.
The effects of Botox take a few days to take hold. It usually takes 7-10 days to see the final effects.
The effects typically last about 3 months. Depending on the patients, the effects of Botox can last from 1-6 months. With regular treatments every 3 months, the effects often last longer. Visit our Botox page, to find out more about Botox treatments at BodyLase®.
Botox is a purified protein created by a specific type of bacteria. This protein is a strong neurotoxin. Allergan, the maker of Botox, purifies this naturally occurring neurotoxin to make a high-quality, cosmetic-grade, FDA-approved medical product that’s officially authorized for treatment of wrinkles.
As a neurotoxin injected into carefully selected areas, the proteins binds to motor neurons and block the release of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This is the neurotransmitter is in charge of triggering and activating muscles. By blocking the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, Botox helps relax those excessive muscle contractions responsible for obvious, unsightly wrinkles.
Once Botox is administered it immediately binds to those motor neurons located in your injected muscles. Botox does not spread within your body or blood once it’s injected into the wrinkle site. Over time Botox will be broken down and naturally metabolized by your body. And the relaxed muscle effect is not permanent but usually lasts about 3 months.
With all the talk about Botox in magazines, you are forgiven if you think Botox is only for models and celebrities. A recent survey by the Aesthetic Surgery Education & Research Foundation reveals that the average Botox patient is a married, working mother from a five-figure household income and she’s somewhere between the age of 41 and 55.
Many people pair fillers like Juvederm with Botox to enhance the wrinkle-free look. Studies demonstrate that fillers break down slower when paired with Botox. Since Botox hinders muscle contractions surrounding the area treated with a filler, the volume and smoothness offered by the filler can last longer.
BodyLase® is throwing our annual Don’t Be Afraid of Boo-tox Party. Come by one of our spas October 2011 to enjoy nibbles and treats, while our experienced medical professionals share information about this wrinkle-relaxing procedures. Bring all your questions that this guide hasn’t answered and the get the definitive down-low straight from a Botox expert. Botox treatments purchased during the party will be 20% off! Call us, for more information.