Certain cosmetic procedures have really grown in popularity over the past decade, but the use of Botox probably is the most spectacular. It went from being a novelty that was reserved for a few celebrities to being available basically everywhere for everyone. Still, not many people really understand the specifics of Botox. At K Plastic Surgery, we hear from curious clients every day with their questions about what it is, how it works, and whether it’s for them.
Botox differs from the majority of facial treatments, as it works by relaxing facial muscles, rather than adding body or filling wrinkles. This muscle-relaxing ability is accomplished with a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin type A. Although this is technically a toxin, it is used in small amounts and has been tested in numerous clinical trials. Botox has provided hundreds of patients with safe anti-aging treatment since its FDA approval. Botulinum toxin temporarily blocks nerve signals to the facial muscles and prevents muscle contractions. When the muscles weaken and relax, wrinkles are reduced, and fine lines can disappear entirely.
Botox is used on many areas of the face for aesthetic and medical purposes. This botulinum toxin injectable smooths crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, bunny lines on the nose, marionette lines on the chin, frown lines (glabellar lines), and horizontal forehead lines. It can even be injected into the jaw to treat jaw pain caused by TMJ disorder and into the scalp for painful migraines.
If you’ve ever heard of folks heading out on their lunch breaks for Botox injections – it really does happen! Botox is injected under the surface of the skin, sometimes coupled with a light anesthetic to minimize discomfort. The office visit usually only lasts a few minutes and the patients can go back to work or normal activities immediately afterwards.
In terms of recovery times, it generally takes an hour or two for any residual swelling or redness to subside. Side effects are extremely rare and generally minor in nature, the most common being a mild headache or soreness at the injection site. Unfortunately, Botox is not a permanent treatment and must be re-administered every 3-4 months in order to preserve the effect, but the affordability and simplicity of the procedure make it truly worthwhile.
The benefits of Botox in New York are endless! To learn more about Botox and whether you are a candidate, schedule a consultation today with Dr. Sanjiv Kayastha, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Albany, NY.