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Remove Wrinkles With Botox Injections

To some, looking young translates to feeling young. The business of looking young makes millions of dollars each year in the United States and around the world. One of the most extensively offered and easy to get treatments is to remove wrinkles with Botox injections.

These treatments are primarily used on the face to remove wrinkles created by repetitive facial expressions such as smiling, scowling and squinting. Horizontal lines on foreheads, crows feet wrinkles around the eyes and vertical lines between the eyebrows are common targets.

The following are some frequently asked questions about removing wrinkles with Botox injections:

What is Botox exactly? Botox is the brand name for botulinum toxin. This is the same toxin that causes food poisoning if consumed orally. However, when Botox is injected in purified, small doses, it can be a safe and effective way of removing wrinkles.

How does it work? To work, it targets and blocks the chemical signals which cause your muscles to contract. The treatment temporarily paralyzes the muscles, the skin flattens and appears smoother and wrinkle free.

Is it safe? Botox has been successfully used to remove wrinkles without any long-term effects since the 1990’s with few short term complications.

Who can administer Botox injections? Dermatologists, ophthalmologists and plastic surgeons are the ones who most commonly administer Botox injections. These injections are a medical procedure and must be administered by a licensed provider. To ensure your safety, make sure your provider has the correct license and training and ask them how many procedures they have performed before being treated.

What can I expect during/after my Botox treatment? Botox is administered by injection and does not require a hospital setting. It is virtually painless with only mild discomfort, so there is little to no recovery time. Slight bruising may be visible a few days after treatment but can be easily covered with make up.

What are the common side effects? Common side effects are headache, nausea, flu-like symptoms. There may also be redness and pain at the injection points. Less common symptoms are muscle weakness or drooping of the upper eyelid muscles (which usually resolves itself days after the treatment).

How long will my treatment last? Treatments are temporary and typically last 4-6 months. In some cases, they may last longer. Botox is not a permanent, so multiple treatments are necessary to avoid reappearance of wrinkles.

How much does a typical treatment cost? Prices range from $125-$400 per treatment area. For your safety, it is important to find a quality provider who is licensed, so you may expect to pay more rather than less for your procedure.

If you are deciding whether or not to remove wrinkles with Botox injections, it is important to consider all of these questions before scheduling your appointment. In regards to your health, all decisions should be deliberately made. You may also want to ask yourself if the wrinkles on your face are really something you want to get rid of or if they add character to your face.

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