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Botox® is a cosmetic injectable used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and facial creases. It is a purified, safe form of botulinum toxin A. Botox works by blocking certain signals from the nerves, paralyzing the muscles in the targeted area.
Botox is available at Riverside Dental Center & Beauty Spa in Rio Rancho and the surrounding area. We can help you eliminate your wrinkles and rejuvenate your skin. Call us today at 505-346-3186 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Botox is a purified, safe, and brand-name version of a toxin produced by C. botulinum bacteria, which are naturally occurring in many settings. These bacteria and spores are typically harmless, only proving problematic when the spores transform and the cell population increases. However, as reported by the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, Botox is safe with relatively few side effects when used appropriately in a therapeutic context.
Botox injections are made with very small doses of Botulinum toxin. It temporarily paralyzes muscles, which can benefit people with various muscle or nerve disorders and people looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and facial creases. There are different commercial preparations of Botulinum toxin, including:
- Abobotulinumtoxin A (Dysport)
- Incobotulinumtoxin A (Xeomin)
- Onabotulinumtoxin A (Botox)
- Prabotulinumtoxin A (Jeuveau)
- Rimabotulinumtoxin B (Myobloc)
While some people may colloquially refer to all these products as "Botox," Botox is a registered trademark owned by one company.
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How Botox Works
Botox is a neurotoxin, meaning it targets the nervous system and disrupts the nerve signaling processes stimulating muscle contraction. As such, it causes temporary muscle paralysis. For any muscle to contract, nerves must release a chemical messenger known as acetylcholine where the nerve endings meet the muscle cells. The acetylcholine then attaches itself to the muscle cells' receptors to cause the cells to contract.
By preventing the release of acetylcholine, Botox injections stop the muscle cells from contracting. This helps the muscles become less stiff. As stated by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, Botox injections are "the most popular cosmetic treatments performed nationwide." However, the effects are temporary, lasting anywhere from three to 12 months, depending on the type of treatment.
Preparing for Botox Injections and Aftercare
It only takes a few minutes to get Botox, and there is no need for anesthesia. We will use a small needle to inject Botox into the targeted areas, and patients will feel only minor discomfort. It typically takes Botox around a week or two to take full effect, and it is recommended to avoid alcohol starting at least seven days before the procedure.
It is also best to stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications at least 14 days before treatment to help prevent bruising. Patients should also avoid rubbing the injection site for 24 hours, as doing so may spread the Botox to another area. In addition, we may also recommend staying upright for four hours after the injections. Patients may also want to take a day off from exercising.
Possible Complications of Botox
Botox injections are safe, with any side effects being few and far between. Still, some complications are possible. Side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Dry eye
- Mild pain, swelling, or bruising around the injection site
- Upset stomach
It is important to note that the above side effects are temporary and will subside with time. Bruising is the most common side effect, while headaches are rare and typically end after a day or two. Patients should not use Botox if they have an allergy or sensitivity to it or if they have an infection at the injection site. It is also unsuitable for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, have a neurological disease, or are allergic to cow's milk protein.
Call Us Today
It can be disheartening to deal with wrinkles and facial creases. We at Riverside Dental Center & Beauty Spa can help. Call us today at 505-346-3186 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Has Botox been widely researched?
Yes. Botox has a well-established track record backed by over 16 years of published studies. Moreover, it is the most widely researched and studied treatment of its kind. It has also been approved for use in 95 countries. In addition, its safety and efficacy have been described in over 528 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals.
Can only women get Botox?
No. People of all genders can benefit from the rejuvenating effects of Botox. In addition, men have received over one million botulinum toxins over the past three years.
Am I old enough to get Botox?
There is no age requirement to get Botox. If you have facial lines you feel the need to address, Botox may be right for you. Lately, there has been a rise in cosmetic surgery and injectable treatments in patients in their early 30s.
When will I start to see the results of Botox, and how long will they last?
Results may be noticeable as soon as 24 to 48 hours, with full results in 30 days. Results may last up to four months for moderate to severe frown lines, though results vary from patient to patient.
How many Botox injections will I need?
It depends on your aesthetic goals and needs. We will take the time to customize your treatment accordingly, whether you want to address crow's feet, forehead lines, or moderate to severe frown lines. Patients being treated for the crow's feet area will be injected in three regions of the muscle framing the sides of both eyes. Patients being treated for the frown lines area will receive five injections into the muscles between the brows and in the forehead. Patients being treated for the forehead lines area will receive five injections into a muscle in the forehead.
Will Botox make my face look "overly done"?
It is important to choose the right practitioner when it comes to Botox. When administered by a qualified professional, Botox brings about subtle, natural-looking results. However, being injected with too much Botox in the wrong places can cause your face to look expressionless.
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