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Does Botox Really Prevent Wrinkles?

Botox Cosmetic™ is the most popular non-surgical treatment that both women and men choose to undergo in an attempt to reduce the appearance of their wrinkles. 6.7 million people got Botox™-like procedures done in 2015. There are three major types of toxins to decide from: Botox Cosmetic™, Dysport and Xeomin.

Despite millions of success stories, many people are still sceptical about whether Botox™ really does prevent wrinkles. Read below to find out if it does.

What Exactly is Botox?

Botox™ is made from Botulinum toxin A. It is derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, which is an organism found in the natural environment. If this organism gets into the bloodstream, it can release its “toxin” and can cause a life-threatening illness called botulism.

Fortunately, doctors worldwide use Botoxin small doses to treat a variety of health problems aside from smoothing facial wrinkles. Among these include severe sweating, chronic migraines, muscular disorders and overactive bladders.

How Botox Prevents Wrinkles

Botox injections temporarily reduce or eliminate the appearance of wrinkles by weakening or paralyzing the underlying muscles. It works by temporarily blocking the local nerve-muscle connections. By weakening the underlying muscles, existing wrinkles can be softened. Some doctors think that Botox treatment may even prevent future wrinkles.

Each Botoxtreatment will usually last between 15 to 20 minutes. Although some doctors apply a topical anesthetic beforehand, that isn’t always the case. If you have a low pain tolerance or sensitive skin, make sure to ask your doctor to numb the area prior to your treatment. You will feel a small pinch from the fine needle when the Botox is injected directly into the muscle.

Botox™ treatments typically last from three to twelve months.

You should expect smoother skin within a week to 10 days after your treatment. The effects of Botox typically last from three to twelve months, depending on different treatments.

Is Botox for You?

Common side effects of Botox™ treatment are pain, tenderness, swelling and bruising at the injection site. Be sure to avoid aspirin-like products and blood thinners 10 days before treatment. You should not have Botox™ if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

A single treatment usually lasts about four to six months, and the duration can vary. Some rare patients can develop a resistance to Botox over time.

If you have any questions, or if you want to know if you are a candidate, schedule a consultation with us today, or call 301-656-6398.

March 5, 2018 6:21 am
Categories: Blog, Face

Written by Dr. Adam Tattelbaum

Dr. Adam Tattelbaum is a highly skilled and compassionate plastic surgeon with over two decades of experience.

Double-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Tattelbaum believes in providing personalized patient care and customizes his treatment plans to suit the individual.

Dr. Tattelbaum's candid and realistic approach has earned him recognition, not only with his patients but in the Top Doctor lists of the Washingtonian and Bethesda magazines. He is also a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a mark of distinction in the field of cosmetic surgery.

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