Preventative BOTOX ®


Preventative BOTOX ®

Introduction


Botulinum toxin type A is a biological protein produced by the bacteria that causes food poisoning. Botox — the medicinal brand name for botulinum toxin type A — is a purified low-concentration form of the bacteria toxin. When injected in small doses, Botox can temporarily relax muscles by blocking the chemical signals that cause them to contract. By preventing these muscles from contracting and tightening, the skin appears flatter, smoother, and less wrinkled overall.

Botox injections usually take about fifteen minutes and involve mild discomfort. Fortunately, most patients find the pain tolerable so this procedure does not typically require anesthesia.
To determine how many injections and sessions you will need to achieve optimal results, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Barrett!



Preventative BOTOX ®

Candidates


Botox was approved as a safe treatment by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for adults ages 18 to 65. While PromiBotox can temporarily correct moderate to severe frown lines, Dr. Barrett also performs treatments to correct the following conditions:

  • Headaches
  • Backaches
  • Dimpled chins
  • Forehead creases
  • Skin bands around the neck
  • Crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes
  • Bunny lines (wrinkles around the nose from squinting or smiling)
  • Areas prone to muscle spasms
  • Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)


Preventative BOTOX ®

Results and Recovery

Botox injections are relatively safe, but side effects and complications can occur. These include: pain and bruising at the injection site, redness, headaches, nausea, flu-like symptoms, and temporary facial weakness (i.e. eye drooping). However, if you are experiencing trouble swallowing, slurred speech, and breathing problems, it is possible that the toxin has spread beyond the treatment area. If this happens, contact your doctor immediately.

Fortunately, Botox injections require no downtime and immediate results, but Dr. Barrett recommends minimal exercise and physical activity for the first few hours post-treatment. The full effect of the injections usually appear after two weeks. Keep in mind that Botox is not a permanent solution, and the muscles will continue normal contracting and tightening after three to six months. To maintain your look, you will need to schedule follow-up injections with Dr. Barrett every few months.


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