Botox Basics: What You Need to Know

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Are you at an age when the signs of aging are showing up on your face? Botox is one way to manage these conditions. This treatment may sound daunting at first, right? Our specialists at Refresh Palm Beach Medical Aesthetics have created a quick overview of what Botox is all about and what to expect from this rejuvenating treatment.

For starters, Botox is a botulinum toxin, which is among the most deadly substances in the world when ingested. Despite this, it is proven safe and effective when injected for treating facial wrinkles and other conditions of the face, such as Bell’s Palsy. Botox treatments are especially effective on the upper third of the face.

What to Expect Before, During, and After the Procedure

Unlike many cosmetic procedures, Botox injections are quite straightforward. You don’t have to prepare much for such a treatment, which often lasts only a few minutes. Generally, a thorough face wash to remove dirt, makeup, and other materials along with eating a decent meal beforehand is enough preparation.

During the procedure, you’ll feel several injections in the skin of your face. These won’t be deep injections like you would receive for vaccines or vitamin deficiency supplements. The pain is usually mild, but if you are concerned, take an over-the-counter pain medication if instructed by our staff to counteract any pain you might experience.

After the procedure, there will be small red bumps at the injection sites. These will normally go down by themselves, but if they don’t, just pressing a cold washcloth or other compress against them will cause the swelling to go down. Sometimes, you might experience bruising or small scabs. Both of these occurrences will usually only last a couple of days. 

Also, if at all possible, try to remain upright for at least six hours after the procedure so that the botox stays where it was injected.

Medical Benefits of Botox

Did you know that aside from treating skin concerns, Botox is also used to manage other medical conditions?

For example, it’s useful in treating eyelid spasms or crossed eyes. Its muscle-relaxing properties also allow it to be used to combat foot pain in both athletes and people who wear high-heeled shoes. 

It’s also a game-changer for those struggling with TMJ disorder. Imagine easing that jaw tension or those nagging headaches with a simple, yet effective treatment. Botox works by calming the muscles around your jaw, offering relief lasting up to three months.

Additionally, Botox is a recommended treatment for overactive bladder due to contracting abdominal muscles. In this case, the treatment is stunningly effective as 90% of people who undergo such treatments report success. 

For people who have digestive issues related to the duodenum, it can relax that collection of muscles to allow material to pass more easily to the small intestine than before treatment. This is useful in stopping the reverse peristalsis associated with successful surgery to combat esophageal cancer.

Finally, Botox helps patients manage hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating that isn’t triggered by heat and exercise. It blocks the nerve signals that stabilize your sweat glands, and it’s effective for up to six months. 

Consult with Refresh Palm Beach Medical Aesthetics

Botox can certainly help you manage signs of aging–and do more than just restore your youthful face. At Refresh Palm Beach Medical Aesthetics, we’ll be able to discuss your goals and expectations. Request a consultation with us if you’re interested in Botox in Jupiter, FL.

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