Is Botox The Choice For You?
Perhaps you have seen the commercials for botox. The advertisements promise you less wrinkles in one visit. You probably don’t know anyone who gets this treatment, or if you do, they aren’t talking about it. Cheating at the aging game isn’t something most like to chat about over coffee. So where does someone get the information that is lacking in the ads?
So you have tried all the anti-wrinkle creams and eye creams you could get your hands on. You have tried the healthy diet of many fruits and vegetables. While it helps your weight and has some other benefits, it can’t stop what has already happened. You find yourself looking into these injections. These injections can be pricey, and they will need to be repeated every three to six months.
How is botox different from other options you have heard about? These injections relax the muscles between your eyes. The result of the treatment is that your muscles will no longer be furrowed, creating that wrinkled look. Other options are fillers, and they actually fill in the wrinkles. It is important to see a surgeon who is trained specifically in these procedures. Your surgeon can even help you decide on the right treatment for you.
So what are the risks? We know the primary benefit of this procedure is that you will look less wrinkled. We know that it only takes one visit to achieve a less wrinkled appearance. We also know that it works. What no one really wants to discuss are the risks. Risks are actually minimal, but they include itching, pain and bruising at the site of the injection, redness, nausea, and temporary muscle weakness. Some other more serious side effects that require you to call your doctor include eye pain, blistering, chest pain, face or neck pain, seizures, or flu like symptoms.
As with any medical procedure, you should be sure the benefits are greater than the risks. Talk with your surgeon about any concerns. They will want to discuss your expectations. To prepare for the treatment, you will want to plan your schedule accordingly. For instance, schedule your first treatment so that you can avoid explaining any bruising or redness from injections. Most of all, be sure you have discussed any concerns with your surgeon. In general, botox is a safe treatment and it works. If you are using a reputable and experienced surgeon you will enjoy your results. If you take the time to prepare before your first appointment, you too will avoid talking about how you’re battling wrinkles.