Twelve Things To Know About Botox®

You’ve undoubtedly heard of Botox®, but you may not know how it works.
Here are 12 things to know about the most popular aesthetic cosmetic procedure in the world:

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  1. Botox® was approved by the FDA for eye spasms in 1989.
  2. Botox® was approved for wrinkles, fine lines, creases and frown lines in 2002.
  3. Botox® is made from botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxic protein produced by bacteria. This is the same bacteria that causes botulism.
  4. Scientists found that injecting tiny amounts of botulinum toxin type A into a muscle temporarily paralyzed that muscle. This is important for your face because muscles are the cause of wrinkles around the forehead and eyes.
  5. Wrinkles form because you make repeated muscle contractions when you laugh, frown and squint. When injected into the muscle, Botox® blocks nerve signals to that muscle, stopping its contraction. Without the contraction, the wrinkle above the muscle either disappears or dramatically lessens.
  6. The results of Botox® are not immediate. Botox® takes about a week to fully relax the targeted muscle.
  7. The full results of a Botox® treatment last three to four months and may be combined with other treatments such as dermal fillers.
  8. The frown area between the eyes is the most common area to be treated and usually requires five small pokes with a fine needle.
  9. The degree of improvement depends on how deep the creases are when you begin treatment. Everyone sees some improvement.
  10. Botox® does wear off. Most of Dr. Silverman’s patients love it, however, and return for repeat injections.
  11. If you do happen to experience a very rare side effect, Botox® will wear off and everything will go back to normal.
  12. Why should you consider a Botox® cosmetic treatment?
    • For Facial Relaxation: Botox® eases that “angry” look.
    • For A Lift: Depending on which way certain muscles pull, Botox® can give a lift to your eyes and mouth corners helping you look more rested.
    • For Prevention: Botox® slows down the creation of lines and creases.

Curious? Want to know more? Call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Silverman to discuss the amazing benefits of Botox® Cosmetic: (617) 965-9500.

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