Who doesn’t want to look young and rid their faces of wrinkles? Not even First Lady, Michelle Obama, apparently. Which is why she said she does not rule out use of Botox or plastic surgery at some point in the future. She was talking to journalists ahead of her 50th birthday, which happened to be in early 2014.

Botox is the top most cosmetic procedure that is being used in the US, and is a drug which is composed of a neurotoxin. The neurotoxin is produced by a bacterium, clostridium botulinum, which is called botulinum toxin. The treatment is used for not just cosmetic reasons, but also for medical cases.


What does Botox do?

Botox is used in minimal doses to smoothen facial wrinkles, gets rid of crow’s feet and lifts your eyes. This treatment is non-surgical, and is simpler than plastic surgery.


Botox can clear frown lines on your forehead, lift your brows and eyelids and make your face look young and fresh again. It can also clear the bands on your skin in the neck area. Apart from cosmetic uses, Botox is also used to treat muscle spasms in the shoulder and neck, eyelid spasms, migraines, excessive blinking, sweating and overactive bladder problems.


How does Botox work?

The botulinum toxin is injected into the neuro-muscular tissue directly after it has been diluted in saline. Botox needs anywhere between a day and three for it to start making a difference. Sometimes, people may need about five days for the changes to take effect. Botox blocks the nerves that cause muscle contraction, therefore softening wrinkle appearance.


The procedure does not need anesthesia and usually takes a little less than 15 minutes. There are many factors such as your facial attributes and the amount of wrinkling that go into deciding how many injections you will require. There is no recovery time for this treatment and you can go about your regular routine.


Who should avoid Botox?

If you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or have some allergic reactions to any of the ingredients of the drug, you should avoid Botox. It is better to talk to your physician before taking a call. Irrespective of these scenarios, it is advisable to meet with your physician before you decide.


Advantages of Botox

  • Simple, non-surgical treatment to reduce moderate to severe lines and wrinkles
  • First Botulinum Toxin to be approved by the FDA
  • Chosen by millions of men and women worldwide
  • No anesthesia or recovery time is needed
  • Provides dramatic effects that are customizable and reversible
  • Gives you a fresher and younger look in a short amount of time, making it a better choice over plastic surgery which costs much more and takes much longer


Common areas treated with Botox

  • horizontal creases in forehead and frown lines
  • chest wrinkles and neck bands
  • crow’s feet
  • brow lift and brow asymmetry
  • drooping mouth corners
  • lip wrinkles “smoker’s lines”
  • laugh lines
  • severe underarm sweating


When will I see results from Botox treatment?

Botox is injected into the targeted muscle using a tiny micro-needle. Usually, several injections are given per muscle. Because the needle is so fine, the pain associated with the injections is minimal. You will feel just a very small sting during the injection. The entire procedure takes approximately ten minutes. Most patients are in and out of the office without down time and can resume normal activities immediately.


When will I see results from Botox treatment?

Within days, you may see marked improvement in the treated area. Results are fully evident within two weeks after treatment and lines continue to improve for up to 30 days. New York Botox can last up to four months. Results of Botox procedures performed for treatment of underarm sweating last up to seven months. Individual results may vary.


Will I still be able to make facial expressions?

Properly done, Botox treatments will not radically change your normal facial expressions or make you look as if you’ve had something done. Our practitioners are expert injectors, and we will give you natural appearing, age appropriate results.


Possible side effects of Botox

Some patients experience slight, temporary bruising at the injection site. This can easily be covered with makeup. Other possible side effects may occur, but they would be temporary because Botox is completely reversible. Our practitioners will discuss the side effects associated with the procedure during your complimentary consultation.