BOTOX is one of the most popular cosmetic skin treatments today. The FDA approved it in 2002 to be used cosmetically, helping with visible signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles on the face.
A BOTOX treatment uses a small amount of a diluted protein called botulinum toxin through targeted injections into the skin without the need for anesthesia. BOTOX works to relax the contraction of muscles by blocking nerve impulses, which in turn, causes wrinkles to relax and soften. It usually takes two to four days to see cosmetic improvement and the results tend to last from four to six months. You can return to normal activity, including heavy lifting, within a couple hours after treatment. It is recommended that patients avoid alcohol for about a week before the procedure. In addition, you should stop using aspirin and anti-inflammatory medication about two weeks prior to BOTOX in order to minimize the risk of bruising.
Now that you have an overview of what a BOTOX procedure involves, it is critical that you are aware of the most important rule to follow with BOTOX. For your safety and the results you desire, it is essential that you choose a board certified dermatologist. Avoid the urge to get quick BOTOX therapy at the mall, salon or at a trending “BOTOX party”. Buying a BOTOX type product online that does not require a medical license is even scarier. Getting a botulinum toxin therapy in a non-medical setting can be extremely dangerous to your health and can involve long-term muscle paralysis, Bell’s palsy or permanent eye damage.
Scheduling your BOTOX treatment at your dermatologist’s office, on the other hand, can effectively treat your signs of aging with the safety you need. No serious side effects such as problems breathing or swallowing have ever been reported by a patient that chose a dermatologist for BOTOX. Dermatologists continue to make patient safety their number-one priority. Each year, the AAD offers continuing medical education sessions that include best practices for treating patients with this treatment.
Olansky Dermatology Associates proudly offers successful BOTOX treatments to patients of all skin types. Choosing a dermatologist for BOTOX means you can regain a youthful appearance while getting the professional care and safety you need.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates