Botox is best known for its cosmetic applications – smoothing out wrinkles and giving people a more youthful appearance. But what many people don’t know is that Botox can also be used to treat a number of medical conditions from migraines to excessive sweating. If you’re considering Botox, here’s what you need to know about this versatile treatment.
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What Is Botox?
Botox is the brand name for an injectable made from botulinum toxin type A. It’s the most well-known of a growing class of injectable neuromodulators including Botox, Jeuveau, Xeomin and Dysport.
Neuromodulators are used primarily to treat dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles caused by repetitive movements of the facial muscles. When the toxin is injected into a muscle, it blocks the nerve signals that cause the muscle to move. As a result, the area is temporarily paralyzed, preventing new wrinkles from forming and softening existing ones. Botox also has several medical applications.
What Can You Treat with Injectable Neurotoxins?
Botox and other injectable neurotoxins can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Dynamic wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, forehead lines and brow furrows
- Muscle spasms, such as blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm
- Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis
- Migraine headaches
- Urinary incontinence
Botox is also commonly used for cosmetic purposes to enhance the appearance of the face. When used in small doses, they can produce a subtle, rejuvenated look by softening lines and wrinkles and giving the face a more rested appearance.
If you’re considering injectable neurotoxins, it’s important to consult with Dr. McKenna and the team at Dr. McKenna’s Orthopedics and Biologics who can help you determine if they are right for you.
What Are the Risks of Botox Injections?
Botox injections are considered very safe when performed by an experienced physician. The most common side effects are temporary and include eyelid drooping, a crooked smile, pain or bruising at the injection site and eye dryness or excessive tearing.
In rare cases, the toxin may spread to other areas of the body and cause muscle weakness or trouble speaking, swallowing or breathing. If you experience any of these side effects after receiving Botox injections, contact your doctor immediately.
Overall, Botox is an effective and safe way to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. If you’re considering injectable treatments, be sure to consult with a board-certified physician to ensure the best possible results.
How Often Should I Get Botox?
Most people will need to repeat the treatment every three to four months to maintain results. However, some may notice that the effects of Botox last longer with each successive treatment. Consult with our team a MOAB to see how often you should schedule treatments.
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You deserve to have the best injections possible. So why not let our team of skilled aesthetic practitioners make that happen for you? We’ll work with your individual needs and desires, tailoring treatment plans that are just right.
To learn more about Botox injections and whether it is a solution for your beauty goals, contact one of our offices today.