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Botulinum toxin, take a bow!

BOTOXAccording to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, (ASAPS), Botox Cosmetic (and its sister products Dysport and Xeomin) is the number one nonsurgical cosmetic procedure, and has been for over 15 years now. Last year alone, some four million injections were performed.

Whether you’re a Botox beginner, a long-term user, or still just thinking about it, you may have some concerns related to the pros and cons of using this popular, effective treatment for wrinkles (and headaches, incontinence, excessive sweating and more).

The truth about a safe toxin
Botox has been used since the year 2000, and was approved by the FDA in 2002. It’s considered one of the safest treatments available. Simply put, Botox works by blocking the signal from the nerves to the muscles. This relaxing of the injected muscles is what cause wrinkles and furrows to smooth out. The neurotransmitter eventually recovers from the paralyzing effect of the treatment, so results are not permanent. And the product is ultimately eliminated from the body. There is no documented case of the effects of Botox NOT wearing off.

Botox shouldn’t cause you to appear expressionless or frozen
Today’s Botox user wants to look naturally rested and relaxed, and we are skilled in using the product to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Most patients want the outcome to go practically unnoticed. You can look like yourself, only better. An unwanted and telltale sign of overdoing Botox injections is eyebrows that don’t move when you talk, which isn’t normal. When injections are administered with skill and experience, most people won’t even know you’ve had treatment.

How much is enough?
Everyone is different, so to be on the safe side, get a small dose the first time around. The results won’t last as long, but it’s good to test your tolerance and any changes to your appearance.

Timing is everything
In about three to seven days, you should see results that can last three to four months. Downtime can be the result of light bruising, which can last a week to 10 days. So plan your injections accordingly. Make an appointment today by calling: (415) 788-3800.