Get the Basics on Botox

Get the Basics on Botox

Reasons to get Botox

“Should I get Botox?”

That is the question many people ask themselves at some point. When pondering this decision, it is natural to question the risks versus the benefits. Although Botox was approved by the FDA 12 years ago, if you’ve never had a Botox treatment, it can still seem like a rather mysterious procedure. Botox is something we hear and read about often in the media in connection with celebrities. We’re presented with comparison photos of famous faces, accompanied by the looming question of whether they did or didn’t. It used to be that those who got Botox were very apprehensive to admitting so.  Those days are gone with the rising popularity of ‘Lunch Break Botox’ and Botox Parties. Botox is actually something called ”botulinum toxin type A.” It is one of the current injectable products made available for cosmetic and medical use. Very small amounts are injected into the area being treated. It works by blocking nerves and relaxing the muscle activity in a specific area. Possible side effects are minimal and there is little to no recovery time involved. You can see the cosmetic results almost immediately; however, they are temporary. It has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the United States today.

Botox for the Face

The most common reason for using Botox is that it provides a minimally invasive way to effectively address the signs of aging.  The most common area for Botox is the face, often focusing on wrinkles such as frown lines and “crow’s feet”. The use of Botox has had some negative effects. It has been associated with a frozen or expressionless look, when used in the facial area. However, since 2002 there has been consistent improvement in both products and procedural expertise. So thanks to constant advancement in this field, you can expect results that are extremely subtle and natural-looking.

Not Just for Wrinkles

A little-known fact is that Botox is effective for much more than holding on to our youthful appearance! Research has shown that botulinum toxin can successfully treat a wide variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Severe underarm sweating
  • Overactive bladder / urinary incontinence
  • Excessive squinting, blinking, lazy eye and crossed eyes
  • Cervical dystonia (a neuromuscular disorder of the head and neck)
  • Some neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy

If you are considering Botox treatments for cosmetic or medical use, the most important thing to remember is that it can be both safe and effective when you are in the care of an experienced doctor. A trained dermatologist will review your medical history, explain in detail any risk factors involved, advise on the desired results, and work with you in deciding the best course of action. At Forefront Dermatology we are happy to answer all of your questions about Botox . We are here to help you make informed decisions on all aspects your skin’s health!

About Forefront Dermatology

Forefront Dermatology is the best dermatology practice in the United States with numerous convenient locations. We diagnose and treat skin cancer and all diseases of the skin, hair and nails; such as acne, warts, rashes, rosacea, skin cancer, psoriasis, eczema, and mole and cyst removal. With a diverse group of dermatologists, we are able to provide patients timely access to a diverse collection of expertise, such as Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery, dermatopathology and pediatric dermatology. In addition to our medical expertise, our experienced dermatologists also offer the latest cosmetic procedures to help revitalize and rejuvenate your skin, such as cosmetic filler treatments with Dysport, Juvederm and Radiesse as well as Botox. We also offer a wide variety of chemical peels that allow us to tailor a treatment that is right for your specific skin condition. Your skin is the largest organ of the body, protecting you from many environmental stresses. Leave it to our team of experts and the best dermatology in your neighborhood to help keep your skin healthy and looking its best. We encourage you to browse our website for information on our locations, dermatologists and treatment options. Did you like this post? Please leave a comment below. Join our online communities on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.