Why Botox Injection Treatment, the Risks and the Benefits
Botox is a drug that medical professionals have been using for years to reduce or eliminate facial fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is the brand name of a toxin that is made by a bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum. There are other brands as well, such as Dysport; however, Botox is the brand that most people are familiar with because it was the first injectable form of the botulinum toxin. Whenever Botox is injected, the muscles basically stop moving (expanding and constricting), which is how the wrinkles stop forming. Although most people associate Botox injection treatments in Orchard Park, NY as being used for the reduction of wrinkles, it has a vast array of other uses as well. Here is some brief information about why Botox treatments are done, the risks, and the benefits.
Why Botox Injection Treatments are Done
Generally, your nerves communicate with the other parts of the body, such as the muscles. The nerves release a neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine, Botox works by preventing the nerve endings from releasing acetylcholine, which prevents the nerves from being unable to temporarily send signals to your brain. When Botox is injected into certain muscles, it stops the nerves from sending signals that cause the muscles to spasm or contract, which ultimately makes it beneficial for a variety of medical and cosmetic conditions, including:
- Various types of wrinkles-Botox helps reduce moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows, moderate to severe crow’s feet lines, and moderate to severe forehead lines.
- Hyperhidrosis-Botox helps treat hyperhidrosis by stopping the nerves that signal the activation of sweat glands.
- Migraines-Botox prevents certain nerves from sending signals that cause migraine attacks.
Benefits of Botox
One of the best benefits of Botox is the length of time that it lasts. Although everyone is different, typically the results of Botox are seen in about 4-5 days and the results last for 3-6 months. Some other benefits of Botox injection treatments in Orchard Park, NY include:
- No downtime following the injections
- No surgery
- Little to no discomfort
- Zero to low risk of side effects
Botox Side Effects
Just like any other medication, there is a risk of side effects with the use of Botox. The side effects are generally mild, and they go away within a few days. Side effects may include:
- Pain, tenderness, redness at the injection sites
- Swelling, bruising, or bleeding at the injection sites
- Achy muscles
- Unwanted muscle weakness near the injection site
- Neck pain
- Drooping eyes when the injection is given for conditions, such as crow’s feet
Getting Botox injection treatments in Orchard Park, NY only takes a few minutes, and you will not need to have anesthesia. Your dermatologist, Dr. Peter Accetta will use a small needle to inject Botox into specific muscles. Prior to getting your Botox treatment, it is best to avoid alcohol (at least 1 week before the treatment), and to help prevent bruising you also should stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications. Botox should not be used for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding or those who have a neurological disease.
To learn more information about Botox injection treatments in Orchard Park, NY, or to schedule a consultation and treatment call (716) 675-7000 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Peter Accetta at Orchard Park Dermatology.
Dr. Peter Accetta is dedicated to developing and preserving his patients' skin's health and brightness. Dr. Accetta is a dermatological board-certified physician who graduated from Fordham University and the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine. He is a member of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.
He likes all facets of dermatological practice, but he is particularly interested in general dermatologic therapy and skin cancer care. He specializes in photodynamic therapies.
When you put your trust in Dr. Accetta and his staff, you can expect prompt attention to your requirements, competence, experience, and real compassion.
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