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Botox Injection

Individuals with "worry lines" or "frown lines" can relax now-botox injections are more popular than ever, quick and easy treatment that leaves patients looking refreshed. Botox injections contain a toxin produced by the bacteria clostridium botulinum . This is the same bacteria that cause botulism (food poisoning), but botox injections have a purified form of the toxin that is harmless to humans. Using a series of botox injections, the plastic surgeons are now able to temporarily immobilize the muscles that cause deep facial lines and wrinkles, creating a more youthful appearance.

Botox injections can be used to treat lines and wrinkles in and around the eyes, forehead and mouth. The results of botox injections are visible within a few days to a week, and typically last for up to four months, although both the results and longevity of botox injections can vary depending upon the individual and the site of treatment. Most patients will have follow-up botox injections performed four to five months after the initial treatment.

Possible side effects of botox injections are few and rare. They include: local numbness, swelling, bruising or a burning sensation during the botox injections. Some patients report temporary headache and nausea. Most of these complications do not last long and can be avoided through proper botox injection techniques. There is some potential for bruising, which can be minimized by ceasing the use of St. John's Wort, daily vitamin E or multivitamins and anti-inflammatory medications for ten days prior to receiving botox injections. If desired, patients may take pain medication approximately thirty minutes before their botox injections to minimize any discomfort.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery maintains that botox injections for aesthetic purposes are safe and effective. Patients who show early signs of aging, who may not be qualified for more extensive procedures, or who prefer not to undergo surgery are all good candidates for botox injections. Patients who are currently pregnant or breast feeding should avoid treatment. To discuss botox injections further, contact an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.