Botox has helped millions of people all across the world achieve both cosmetic and therapeutic goals since it was introduced in the late 80’s. Many celebrities and everyday people have endorsed Botox and refer to it as their “secret” for younger-looking skin.
But there are some people who question the safety of Botox. Rumors and misinformation about the treatment have kept people from accessing this life changing procedure.
In this article, we will dispel the rumors surrounding Botox treatment so that you can decide whether or not it is the right option for your needs.
Does Botox Contain a Neurotoxin?
The question of Botox’s contents has long been a source of confusion and skepticism from those who are hesitant about the treatment.
To answer the question: yes, Botox does contain a neurotoxin derived from the botulinum toxin. However, when the treatment is delivered by a skilled dermatologist, the potential risks from the neurotoxin are extremely minimal.
Botox’s safety has been extensively studied and there have been very few cases of adverse events over the years. in fact, most side effects from the treatment are extremely mild such as redness, swelling, bruising, and soreness.
The properties of this neurotoxin serve to relax tight muscles that contribute to wrinkles and/or spasticity. This is how Botox works its magic!
Does Botox Remain Active in the Body Forever?
Within a few days to a few weeks of injection, you’ll begin to notice the maximal effects of the Botox treatment. These effects will last for a long time, sometimes for as long as 6 months, and then slowly start to fade.
Therefore, if you were not pleased with your first Botox experience, the effects will fade over time and won’t remain permanent. However, most people are so thrilled with the outcome after Botox treatment, they keep coming back for more each year!
How Is Botox Different from a Facelift?
Botox treatments consist of a few simple injections of a medication into agreed upon areas so that wrinkles can be decreased and/or spasticity managed. This procedure takes only a few minutes and most patients can have the procedure performed during a short break in their day.
Facelifts, however require surgical techniques in order to complete. While facelifts can be a great option for many individuals, they are significantly different from Botox procedures.
There are many other options available to patients which can help to decrease the appearance of wrinkles. Each option comes with its share of benefits and potential risks. That being said, Botox is one of the easiest, most effective, risk-free ways to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in an area of the body.
If you’re concerned about receiving Botox injections for the first time, you’re not alone. Many people feel anxious about new medical treatments and aren’t sure if Botox is right for them.
Luckily, qualified Botox dermatologists are standing by right now to take your call and answer any questions you may have about the procedure. If you’re ready to discuss your needs, contact your dermatologist now!