The Basics of BOTOX® - Part 2

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How is a Botox procedure done?

Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes seven to fourteen days to take full effect, and it is best to avoid alcohol starting at least one week before the procedure.

You should also stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before treatment to reduce bruising. Be sure to tell your physician about any medications Botox Tampa, Botox New Port Richey, Botox cost in Flyou are taking prior to receiving a Botox injection.

What are the side effects of Botox?

Temporary bruising is the most common side effect of Botox. In rare occasions, headaches can happen, which end in 24 to 48 hours. A small percentage of patients may develop eyelid drooping. This usually ends within three weeks. Drooping usually happens when the Botox moves around, so don't rub the treated area for 12 hours after injection or lie down for one hour after the procedure.

How long does Botox last?

The effects from Botox will last three to six months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and need to be treated again. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are being trained to relax.

Are there other medical uses for Botox?

There are other approved therapeutic uses for botulinum toxin, some of which you may have heard of in the past, and some that may surprise you.

Some of them include:

  • Blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids)
  • Idiopathic Rotational Cervical Dystonia (severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms)
  • Chronic Migraine
  • Severe Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Strabismus (crossed eyes)
  • Post-Stroke Upper Limb Spasticity
  • Detrusor Overactivity Urinary Incontinence
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Hemifacial Spasm

As far back as the 1950's, scientists discovered that muscle spasms could be reduced with botulinum toxin and in the 1960's and 1970's studies were conducted in using it as a treatment for crossed eyes (strabismus).

If you have been diagnosed with any of the medical issues on the list above, consider finding out if Botox may help you.

To learn more or to get Botox in the Tampa, FL or New Port Richey, FL area, contact the Renuvia Medical Center at 727-847-1825. All Botox injections are done by anti-aging specialist Dr. A. Schlyer.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.