What is BOTOX® in Columbus, Ohio?

Injections of BOTOX® are by far the most popular cosmetic procedure being performed today. A tiny needle is used to quickly inject small amounts of the substance into your facial wrinkles and creases and then they magically smooth out, leaving you looking years younger. What is this amazing substance and should you consider getting it?

Botox is most used to treat forehead wrinkles and creases. These marks are caused by muscles contracting under the skin and pulling the skin into configurations that are commonly associated with frowning and deep states of concentration. A simple BOTOX® injection relaxes the muscles, they stop pulling at the skin, and the creases and wrinkles go away. Botox is also used to similarly smooth out crow's feet around the eyes and creases around the mouth. This simple procedure can take years off your apparent age and make you look happier and more relaxed.

What Makes Me a Good Candidate For BOTOX® in Columbus, Ohio?

Since BOTOX® is only effective on creases and wrinkles caused by contracting muscles, if you have a wrinkle or crease that is still present when your face is completely relaxed, it is probably not going to completely smooth out in response to a Botox injection. In addition, very deep creases and lines may need a combination of fillers and BOTOX® injections to produce the desired look. Botox is most effective for wrinkles that only appear when you are frowning, smiling, or making other facial expressions.

BOTOX® is safe and effective and the only real contraindication to receiving BOTOX® injections is if you have experienced an allergic reaction to a BOTOX® product (available under the names BOTOX®, Myobloc, Xeomin, and Dysport) in the past. You should avoid BOTOX® injections if you have an active infection in your face or have recently undergone facial surgery. In addition, people who have neuromuscular disorders such as ALS or myasthenia gravis, or difficulty swallowing, should have a frank discussion with their doctor about the benefits and risks before considering Botox injections.

What is The Procedure Like?

The actual procedure only takes a few minutes. If desired, the face can be numbed beforehand with an anesthetic cream or an ice pack, but the tiny needles used for the injections generally cause only a transient stinging sensation. There is no recovery time required after the procedure; patients can immediately return to work and their regular lives. It takes about five days for the full effect to become apparent. Unfortunately, BOTOX® is not permanent and wears off. Most people get regular injections to maintain their desired look at four to six-month intervals.