What are The Benefits of Botox?

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What Are the Benefits of Botox?

Botox is a highly safe and effective treatment for several different conditions. Although it is only available by prescription, the process is quick and easy. There is no prolonged recovery period and each injection area receives benefits for about three months. Although you will need periodic booster treatments to continue seeing benefits, this is the preferred option rather than surgery.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Botox?

A good candidate for Botox is someone who is in generally good overall health. Patients must be at least 18 years old. You should review your medical history and current medications with your doctor before you undergo Botox. Although Botox is not known for reactions with particular medications, some combinations of medications and conditions may require you to make temporary changes. For example, you may be asked to discontinue a medication in the days before treatment.

What Can Botox Be Used For?

Patients suffering from several different conditions have found benefits from Botox:

  • Cosmetic Treatment: Botox helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles It does not change the surface of skin. Instead, it will paralyze the muscles responsible for “micro-movements” that make wrinkles more prominent.
  • Anti-Migraine Protection: In the last few years, Botox rose to prominence as a way of preventing certain forms of migraine. FDA Approval is limited to situations of chronic migraine – that is, when headaches occur on 15 or more days monthly. Patients with fewer headaches generally see less benefit from Botox.
  • Care for Muscle Spasms: People with muscle spasms can enjoy relief through Botox treatment. Botox injection into the muscle will reduce all forms of activity in that muscle. This may lead to less frequent spasm episodes and those that do occur may be less severe.

There are several other conditions for which Botox is used as a treatment. These are more rare and may require a referral by a specialist. Excessive sweat, enlarged prostate, and Bell’s palsy are all conditions that may respond to Botox. Some patients have reported relief lasting up to a year.

What is Recovery Like for Botox?

Botox treatment can take as little as 20 minutes for a single injection. People using it for specific conditions such as migraine can begin to experience results the same day. Patients who use it for cosmetic purposes should expect to wait about 7-14 days for optimal results.

There is no extended recovery period for Botox. There may be slight redness at the injection site. If significant swelling or discomfort occurs, contact your doctor right away.

If you’re interested in choosing Botox, it’s vital you have your procedure performed by an experienced expert. To find out more about Botox and what it can do for you, contact Dr. Katayoun Motlagh. Dr. Motlagh specializes in cosmetic services in her offices in Palmdale and Encino.

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