The Immense Benefits of Baton Rouge Botox Treatments

Benefits of Botox

Many cosmetic treatments come and go.  They spike and wane in popularity, and often a newer, better product eventually comes along.  But, for decades, Botox has remained at the top, and while many competitors have hit the market, none have been able to overtake it.  So, to what does Botox owe such loyalty?  The answer, in short, is reliability and results.

There are actually many medical uses for Botox, from treatment of excessive sweating to migraines.  However, it is the cosmetic applications for which the product is most widely known and used.  Patients who begin using it often continue to come back for follow-up treatments at regular intervals after experiencing desirable results.  If you are considering your first Botox treatment, here are the benefits that you’ll want to know about:

Botox is Safe

Upon learning that Botox is actually a derivative of botulinum toxin, some patients become uneasy.  There’s a fear that by receiving injections, they may experience uncomfortable side effects or even get botulism.  However, the treatments, when performed by a licensed professional, are perfectly safe, and because Botox is only a derivative from an isolated protein within botulinum toxin, developing botulism is not a concern.   In fact, studies have shown that even minor side effects such as bruising and discoloration occur in less than 1 percent of patients. 

The most important factor to consider regarding the safety of your own Botox treatments is who performs the injections.  Using a product such as Botox is an art that requires an incredible amount of skill and medical knowledge and should ideally be administered by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.  Those without such levels of experience may use too much or misjudge placement, negatively impacting the outcome. 

Botox is Convenient

Plastic surgery options such as facelifts have declined steadily in popularity over the past several years, and products such as Botox are a major contributor.  It’s a huge commitment of time and money as well as a big leap of faith to undergo the knife, knowing that you’ll have to live with permanent results.  Botox, on the other hand, is easily administered in about 15 minutes or less, begins to show results in a couple of days, and can be stopped at any time should you change your mind.  Results that last for a few months make the product ideal in that patients may opt to continue with follow-up treatments and maintain their look if they so decide or they can simply allow the product to wear off over time if they are displeased.

Botox can Turn Back the Clock

When a treatment is both safe and effective, you can expect it to be around for the long haul.  Clinical studies have shown that, at 30 days post-treatment, 67.9 percent of patients had mild or no crow’s feet, and 80 percent had significant improvement in frown lines.  Botox works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles where it is injected. This causes the muscles to relax and eases the appearance of lines and wrinkles that result from movement.  These wrinkles which occur between the brows, around the eyes and on the forehead are known as dynamic wrinkles and are the only ones which may be effectively treated with a relaxer such as Botox.

 Botox can Treat More than Wrinkles

Of course, cosmetic treatment of lines and wrinkles is only one of the FDA-approved uses of Botox.  In fact, there are many ways in which patients can benefit, and you may find that you want to discuss additional uses with your physician as well.  Among the applications for which Botox is approved are:

·        Excessive underarm sweating (primary axillary hyperhidrosis)

·        Migraines

·        Crossed eyes (strabismus)

·        Overactive bladder

·        Neck spasms

If you haven’t yet given Botox a try and are bothered by lines and wrinkles around your eyes and forehead, it may be time to schedule a consultation.  Speak with your Lafayette or Baton Rouge dermatologist and learn why Botox has held its popularity for so long, and how it can help you.