Believing in magic is something that is typically associated with children. However, many adults are in search of a bit of magic to regain a youthful appearance.
There are many options available that are associated with claims of near magic results. In fact, it seems that every few years or so, some new cosmetic treatment is introduced as a â€œmagic bulletâ€ for wrinkles and other signs of aging. Botox is currently the rave in wrinkle treatment. While this treatment option is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and offers dramatic results, concerns of how safe it is continue to loom.
Being treated with Botox involves a licensed professional injecting a small amount of the chemical botulinum toxin type A directly into the muscles that are associated with frown lines.
The procedure lasts less than 15 minutes and doesnâ€™t require any anesthesia. Sounds simple enough, right? As with any medical treatment, there are potential side effects associated with using Botox. The side effects that are most common include pain, headache, respiratory infection, and nausea. These side effects can last anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days. In rare situations, it is possible for a Botox patient to experience droopy eyelids. This happens when the injected chemical spreads to areas other than the muscle where injected. Serious complications, such as paralysis of the swallowing muscles can also occur.
The main reason that people consider Botox safe is because the FDA approved it. The FDAâ€™s approval was for the temporary relief of frown lines. In general, the improvement that Botox produces lasts up to six months. Many people return after this time for more injections so that they can continue to experience the positive results. Studies appear to be inconclusive of the long-term use of Botox.
Botox is not for everyone. In particular, individuals who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who have been diagnosed with an infection or allergies should not use Botox. In addition, individuals who are under a doctorâ€™s care for a health condition and/or taking medication should inform the doctor who will perform the procedure. There are medications that can cause interact with the chemical in Botox and cause an adverse reaction.
To reduce the risks associated with using Botox, an individual should seek a doctor who has extensive experience with Botox. In addition, it is advisable to discuss your desires for your skin with your doctor to see if there are treatment methods with fewer risks than Botox.