Botox, offered by Dr. Hoffman in Minneapolis – St. Paul, works by blocking impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles. As a result, the muscle stops contracting and relaxes, leaving the overlying skin smooth and unwrinkled. It acts as a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent. Cosmetically it has been used for years to treat the facial wrinkles caused by muscle hyperactivity. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced in April 2002 that Botox is approved for use to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate-to-severe frown lines.
What is Botox?
Botox is a popular form of wrinkle treatment especially in patients in St. Paul, Minneapolis and is best known for its ability to temporarily paralyze muscle activity in order to smooth out wrinkles in trouble areas. It is synthesized as a derivative of the botulinum toxin that is the microbe that causes botulism. When injected directly into the muscles directly underlying wrinkles, Botox is able to block nerve signals that trigger muscle contractions, thereby relaxing the facial muscles temporarily to reduce the intensity of the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles.
Why should I consider getting Botox?
Dr. James Hoffman emphasizes that the importance of Botox in the field of cosmetic medicine lies mainly in its ability to improve the appearance of frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, and forehead furrows. Relieving these conditions will take years off of the patient’s face and reveal a smoother, more youthful look.
Are there risks involved with Botox?
The Botox procedure has been used many times because of its high level of safety and effectiveness. However, as with any type of procedure, there are risks that are involved, mainly with the injection sites where swelling or bruising may occur. Other less common side effects include drooping eyelids, crooked smiles, cocked eyebrows, or excessive tearing, which are all attributed to the unintentional migration of the drug to adjacent areas in the face.
What should I expect from a Botox procedure?
Depending on the preference of the patient and on doctor’s recommendation, local anesthesia—in the form of injection, cream, or cold spray—may be administered prior to the procedure to numb the indicated areas beforehand. The doctor will then use a thin needle to administer tiny amounts of Botox into the underlying muscles. The amount of the drug injected will depend upon the extent of the area to be treated. The entire procedure will take less than an hour to complete and the patient will be able to resume normal activities right after.
What happens after the procedure?
Immediately after the procedure, patients can go back to their usual activities, but will be advised to take extra care not to rub the treated areas or exert any unnecessary pressure in order to prevent the migration of the toxins into other areas in the face. The results will usually become evident a few days following the procedure when the swelling and bruising at the injection sites have begun to fade. The results obtained with Botox can last between 3 to 12 months, with follow-up injections recommended if the initial effects are to be maintained.
To learn more about Botox Cosmetic in Minneapolis – St. Paul, contact Dr. Hoffman today to schedule your personal consultation.