One of the most widely recognized cosmetic anti-aging medicines in the world is also one of the most misunderstood. Read on to learn four important facts about Botox — especially if you are trying to decide if this treatment could be right for you!
1. Botox Works on the Muscles. One of the main causes of aging is that the constant contraction of facial muscles eventually causes the skin to wear out and crease. By weakening the contractions of the facial muscles most responsible for wrinkles, Botox helps ease the appearance of wrinkles. Because Botox works by easing the muscle-related effects of aging, it is important to understand that Botox cannot treat all aging symptoms — sun damage and other non-muscular aging issues will not be affected.
2. Botox is a Controlled Substance. Technically, Botox is made of poison! It is derived from bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which is a toxin that occurs most commonly in food that has not been canned properly. When consumed in it’s natural form, this toxin can actually be deadly — but, when applied properly by a medical professional, it has a number of medical uses. It is important to understand that Botox is a powerful medication with benefits and downsides, however. Although some states allow customers to receive Botox injections in settings such as a spa, it is recommendable that you discuss Botox treatments with your dermatologist before taking action.
3. Botox Has Non-Cosmetic Uses. In addition to easing the appearance of aging by facilitating muscle relaxation, Botox can also be used for a number of non-cosmetic medical purposes, such as overactive bladder, chronic migraines, excessive sweating, and muscle spasms.
4. The Effects of Botox Are Temporary. As you probably already know, Botox is applied to any areas where it is needed through an injection. This delivers a purified and specifically dosed quantity of Clostridium botulinum straight to the location where it is needed most, and causing the muscles to relax. It is important to understand, however, that these effects will only be temporary. The exact duration varies on an individual basis, but, generally speaking, you can expect the effects of your Botox treatment to last between three and four months. Over time, Botox does tend to create a lasting effect on the muscles that leads to a less-frequent necessity for new injections. Your dermatologist should be monitoring your results and would be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you have along the way.