What to expect when getting Botox for the first time.
First, what exactly is Botox? Botox is a neurotoxin, made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It can be used to treat many different concerns such as:
- Temporary smoothing of facial wrinkles and improving your appearance of fine lines
- Severe underarm sweating
- Cervical dystonia - a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions
- Blepharospasm - uncontrollable blinking
- Strabismus - misaligned eyes
- Chronic migraine
- Overactive bladder
Botox injections work by paralyzing certain muscles or by blocking certain nerves to reduce movement. Botox can last between three to twelve months depending on the area treated however typically it ranges closer to the three-month period.
Currently the most popular use of Botox is for wrinkles and fine lines within the face to improve the appearance. Botox is the most commonly known brand for this neurotoxin but there are many others such as Dysport, Jeuveau and Xeomin.
Is Botox safe?
Absolutely! It is FDA-approved and has been used for many years.
When selecting an injector make sure to find someone that is certified and has been doing it for several years. Look for before and after photos to see their work and results. Finding a good injector is so important!
With typical injections you could possibly experience slight bruising, soreness or bruising three to five days post-injections but most people do not experience these side effects. Botox does take anywhere from seven to fourteen days to start working so do not stress if you are not seeing results right away. Give the neurotoxin time to work its magic.
After that waiting period, you will love your results! Wait two to three months and then you can come back and get more or when a touch up is just needed.
Call Carolina Laser and Cosmetic Center today at (366) 659-2663 to schedule a consultation. Our highly trained nurses are overseen by Dr. Anne White, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the most effective medical skincare treatments and products.
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