If you are considering botox injections for wrinkles, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll tell you about the pros and cons, as well as telling you about alternatives.
Botox injection sites are carefully chosen in order to reduce wrinkles, frown lines, and brow furrows. The botox is injected near the affected area. It works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles around the affected area. The effect lasts for about six months, after which more injections may be needed in order to maintain the effect.
Many people want to prevent the side effects of botox injections for wrinkles. Some possible side effects include pain at the botox injection sites, bruising, pain in the face, nausea, headaches, flu-like symptoms, respiratory distress, and temporary paralysis of the face. Side effects are generally temporary, but of course people wish to avoid them altogether. If you have any serious side effects, such as any difficulty breathing, you should seek medical treatment immediately.
The need for botox injections can often be prevented by using a good wrinkle cream. There are a number of such creams available. We’ll tell you about our preferred product in just a moment.
The cost of botox treatments can be prohibitive. The typical cost is about $450 - $500 per injection and is generally not reimbursed by insurance. Multiple injections are usually given at one time, so the cost can add up quickly. That’s another reason many people wish to avoid botox injections for wrinkles.
Of course, there are steps you can take to prevent wrinkles in the first place. Use a good sunscreen outdoors, don’t smoke, eat a healthful diet, exercise, and get a good night’s sleep. If you already have wrinkles, practice these things anyway in addition to using a good wrinkle cream.
Here’s what to expect if you have botox injections for wrinkles.
First, the botox injection sites are cleaned with a non-alcohol cleanser such as Betadine. A topical anesthetic cream may be applied to the area to diminish discomfort from the injections.
Then the injections are given. Typical botox injection sites include four or five shots on each side of the forehead or two or three shots near each eye. Even more injections may be necessary. Multiple injections are almost always given at one time.
To minimize bruising around the botox injection sites, avoid rubbing the area for a day or so. Also avoid any strenuous activity. Your doctor will tell you about any other precautions you should take.
Botox can interact with other medications, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements. Make sure you tell your doctor about any medications you take prior to getting botox injections.
Some people should not take botox injections, including those with cardiovascular disease and those with respiratory problems. Pregnant woman should also not take botox, because it is not known how botox might affect the developing fetus. Make sure you tell your doctor about pre-existing conditions you may have before getting the injections.
If you are considering botox injections for wrinkles, you will need to see a plastic surgeon. We recommend you talk to your doctor about other, less invasive procedures as well. You can also do some research on your own. It’s a decision you should make carefully.
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