How Do Botox Injections Work? The Facts You Need to Know
Have you been considering Botox?
Botox has been a popular procedure amongst celebrities for ages, but more and more "normal people" have been opting for this simple treatment as of late.
Anyone who's nervous about injections may be interested in trying it out, but apprehensive due to the method of use. How does Botox work anyway?
If you're still on the fence about Botox injections, we're here to help. Keep reading to learn all about Botox and how it works.
What Is Botox?
Botox is one popular brand name for botulinum toxin. Injecting a toxin into your body might sound dangerous, but when it's done by a professional, you do not need to worry.
In large amounts, botulinum toxin can be poisonous. You must visit an established clinic or surgical center with experienced professionals.
Botox injections are simple. The doctor will inject a small amount of Botox in the area that needs work. While most people think of Botox as it applies to aesthetics, you can also use Botox for acne, headaches, neck pain, and more. If one of these conditions applies to you, ask a doctor about whether or not Botox is a viable solution.
How Does Botox Work?
So how does Botox work its magic?
In part, it depends on why you're using it. When you receive a Botox injection, the toxin blocks nerve signals that cause your muscles to contract. This often results in the appearance of an "emotionless face" right after the procedure (though this fades over time).
For wrinkles, blocking those nerve signals causes your muscles to relax. This reduces the appearance of wrinkles while the botox is in your system. That muscle relaxation effect is also what makes Botox effective for pain, spasms, enlarged prostates, and more.
For severe acne, the botox instead blocks oil glands. This stops them from over-producing oil and alleviates acne symptoms.
What Does a Botox Session Look Like?
Botox injections are quick and simple. They're also more affordable than many other cosmetic procedures (though this is also because they don't last as long).
The doctor will use a local anesthetic to numb the injection area. After that, they'll inject the Botox wherever it's needed. Botox needs to be applied locally for it to work.
For wrinkles, they may inject botox under the eyes or in the forehead. For headaches, they may inject it around the temples. An enlarged prostate, it's injected into the prostate to reduce the size.
Results last for anywhere between 3 and 6 months. It's an outpatient procedure and it's not harmful to get a new injection when the old one wears off.
Are Botox Injections Right for You?
If you're managing pain, acne, or simply more wrinkles than you'd like, consider asking a doctor about Botox injections. It's a simple and quick procedure that produces great results.
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