History and Basics of Botox

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History and Basics of Botox

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At any medical spa facility, Botox will be one of the most common treatments referenced and recommended. Botox has become perhaps the most popular product out there for those looking to keep a youthful appearance, with use by celebrities and public figures fueling its popularity.

At the offices of Steven Jepson, MD, we have a variety of Botox specials that cater to your specific needs. Let’s look at the history of Botox, how it’s performed, and a few other details you should know if you’re considering this sort of treatment.

Botulinum and Botox History

Botox is simply the popular brand name given to a toxin, which is produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. This toxin, injected in very small and diluted amounts, can enter specific muscles and cause what’s called “controlled weakening.” This leads to  a refreshed look that  most patients are going for.

In the late 1980s, it was discovered that this toxin could help with conditions like lazy eye and uncontrolled blinking. From there, doctors began using it for wrinkles and facial creases, and it was approved by the FDA for frown lines and other facial lines in 2002.

How It’s Done

Botox blocks signals from nerves to muscles, stopping the muscle from being able to contract. This will soften and relax wrinkles. It takes just a few minutes, requiring no anesthesia. It’s injected with very minor discomfort – do know that it will take three to seven days for Botox treatments to take full effect. In most cases, avoid alcohol or anti-inflammatory medications for two weeks before receiving Botox treatment.

Side Effects

In some cases, you’ll see temporary bruising from Botox. In very rare situations, some patients have headaches that resolve in a day or two, or brief eyelid drooping. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a neurological disease, you should not use Botox.

Length of Effects

Botox injections have effects that generally last three to four months. After this point, lines and wrinkles will generally need to be re-treated, but these muscles tend to become less and less severe over time ad muscles are “trained” to relax.

For more on Botox, or to learn about any of our other services, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Jepson, MD today.