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3 things you need to know before getting botox

We have all heard of Botox, but do you know exactly what it is? Many people choose this non-invasive treatment to reduce some common signs of aging – forehead lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines. The most recent data shows that in 2018, a staggering 7.44 million Botox Type A procedures took place in the US, up by 3% from 2017.

This shows that with every year, more and more people take action to reverse some signs of aging and improve their appearance. Botox is not the only option though if you are looking for an alternative, laser treatment in Apex reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

We know how popular Botox procedures are, and we also know how little people know about them. Thus, today, our amazing physicians at Access Health will explain to you what Botox is and will discuss the 3 things that you need to know before having the procedure. So you can make a fully informed decision.

What is Botox?

Botox is a brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The procedure aims to relax and soften wrinkles, most often on the forehead and around the eyes. 

It manages to successfully do so by blocking the signals sent from the nerves to the muscles disallowing the muscles in that area to contract. As the muscles cannot contract, wrinkles do not appear on the skin.

Botox in Apex is incredibly short and relatively painless. The Botox solution is injected into specific muscles using extremely fine needles, thus minimizing the pain. It may cause temporary minor discomfort, but no anesthesia is required, particularly because the procedure only takes a few minutes.

1. It’s temporary

Normally, patients notice the reappearance of  lines and wrinkles after 3 to 4 months. This happens gradually as the muscle action slowly returns to the treated area. Oftentimes, as the patient undergoes more Botox procedures, the reappearance of wrinkles and lines will be less severe as the muscles are being trained. Therefore, we usually recommend the patient to repeat the procedure once the lines and wrinkles start to reappear.

Furthermore, physicians emphasize that the full effects of the procedure will be visible only after 3 to 7 days.

2. There are some things you won’t be allowed to do after the treatment

Botox can result in temporary bruising at the injection site, which usually passes within a day or two. However, there are some activities, which can intensify the bruising. Therefore our experts at Botox in Apex advise our patients to avoid exercising, lying down and taking ibuprofen and aspirin for at least 6 hours after the procedure. Also, for at least 2 hours patients should keep their head level without bending it forward. 

Also, to ensure minimal bruising and discomfort, our physicians ask patients to stop all alcohol consumption for at least 1 week prior to the procedure. Your practitioner might also ask you to stop taking any anti-inflammatories, or aspirin for 2 weeks prior to the treatment. 

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3. Feeling “frozen” can positively affect your mood

It has been suggested by research that Botox for frown lines can also be used as a treatment for depression. A study from the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, which examined this claim showed that Botox patients experienced a less negative mood because frowning can make one unhappier. 

You don’t only look happier, but also feel happier! 

Learn more about our laser skin treatment, Apex

Access Healthcare is committed to providing high-quality medical services. Motivated by the need for more patient-friendly healthcare services we offer great cosmetic procedures that are effective, affordable, and readily available. With vigilant preventive care and expert medical oversight, the doctors at our practice, partner with patients for long-lasting health.

But don’t just listen to us, read what our customers have to say about our services – you can find the testimonials here.

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The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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