Botox: Injections, Purpose, Risks, and Results

Botox cosmetic treatments have been around since the early 1990s, when Dr. Jean Carruthers, a Canadian ophthalmologist, noticed a decrease in frown lines in her blepharospasm patients.

This discovery has become one of the most popular treatments for facial wrinkles and for removing crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows, and other forehead lines caused by aging or stress.

We will discuss the purpose of Botox injections, talk about the risks and how you can minimize them, and describe what to expect after your treatment.

The Purpose of Botox Treatments

This drug temporarily paralyzes the muscles that cause facial expression by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles that cause wrinkles and fine lines.

Since it is a neurotoxin that relaxes and contracts muscles, it is primarily used cosmetically. However, there are also some medical uses, such as treating spastic dystonia, chronic migraine headaches, excessive sweating, or excessive blinking.

Despite its aesthetic or medical benefits, patients must be screened because these treatments are not for everyone. Some people may experience temporary side effects such as muscle weakness, headaches, fatigue, and difficulty swallowing or speaking.

Because treatments can be used for a variety of purposes, you can get injections at your doctor’s office, a beauty clinic, or a spa.

Does Botox Have Any Risks?

As this neurotoxin temporarily paralyzes muscles after an injection, it may have a few side effects. You may experience headaches, dizziness, and temporary paralysis of the extremities.

While cosmetic treatments can rejuvenate your physical appearance, they should be used moderately for the best benefits. Consistent use over an extended period may result in progressive muscle atrophy.

Tips to Reduce Side Effects

When receiving Botox injections, avoid rubbing or touching the area and apply a cold pack to the injection site to reduce swelling.

Additionally, refrain from lying down for at least three hours following treatment, you can avoid spreading the toxin.

You should also avoid saunas, hot tubs, and tanning booths for at least four hours because heat can elevate your blood pressure.

What Results Can You Expect from Botox?

Botox injections treat facial wrinkles and lines. The treatment is especially popular for treating wrinkles, crow’s feet, forehead lines, frown lines, and other aging signs.

In addition, various areas of the face, such as cheekbones, eyes, mouth, brow, chin, and nose, can be treated with skin fillers and volumizers to reduce the appearance of aging.

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Jane Scher, RN is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses (ASPSN) specializing in aesthetic procedures. She earned a college degree from Monmouth University. In 1971, she received specialized training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. She has many years of experience in the medical field as a registered nurse and is passionate about health, wellness, and beauty. Her work is supervised by Dr. Andrew Rohen, who has been licensed in New York state for over 30 years. Call us at 917.426.9726 or fill out the online form on Skintight Med Spa to schedule a free cosmetic consultation. Our address is 1041 3rd Ave, Suite 200, New York, NY 10065.

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