What are BOTOX® Injections??
Also known as botulinum toxin type A, BOTOX® is an FDA-approved injectable substance that has been proven to treat wrinkles. By blocking the release of acetylcholine – a wrinkle-causing chemical released by our nerve cells – BOTOX® is able to paralyze the muscle, stop the contraction and, in effect, erase the wrinkle.
How are BOTOX® Injections Performed?
The BOTOX® procedure is generally short and painless. It is performed in your doctor's office by a trained technician, and should only take a few minutes. Your BOTOX® technician will use a very fine needle to inject the diluted botulinum toxin type A solution into the targeted facial muscles. Once the BOTOX® takes effect, your facial muscles will be relaxed and wrinkle-free, leaving you with a fresh, rejuvenated appearance.
Am I a Good Candidate for BOTOX® Injections?
If you're unhappy with the look of your facial wrinkles but you're not yet ready to go under the knife, BOTOX® may be the perfect solution for you. BOTOX® is helpful in reducing the appearance of forehead creases, crow's feet and laugh lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth. In addition, BOTOX® has been approved to treat the following disorders:
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Dystonia (muscle spasms)
- Jaw tension
- Chronic pain
- Lazy eye
- Uncontrolled blinking
If you're still unsure of whether or not BOTOX® is right for you, call our offices to set up a personal, one-on-one consultation at 518-587-5219.
What Kind of Post-Operative BOTOX® Injection Care Can I Expect?
Often referred to as a “lunchtime procedure,” BOTOX® patients experience very little down time. Once you've had your injection, you're able to resume normal daily activities immediately. There are no incisions, bandages or anything of the like, and side effects are typically limited to some minor bruising and headaches.
Your doctor may advise you to refrain from laying down for four hours or rubbing the treated area for at least 12 hours after the procedure, as this could cause the solution to migrate to other areas of the body.
What are the Typical Results of BOTOX® Injections?
Most of our BOTOX® patients report phenomenal results, with their skin looking younger and more supple following the injection. BOTOX® is not a permanent fix, however. While results last between four and six months, the treated muscles will eventually regain their ability to contract and the wrinkles will reappear. So you may need to have a follow-up injection at this point.
We suggest browsing through some BOTOX® before and after photos before making any decisions, so you can become familiar with the results you should likely expect.
What are BOTOX® Injection Costs?
Because each patient has different needs when it comes to treatment areas, BOTOX® prices may vary. We recommend calling our offices to set up your initial consultation, where one of our staff can assess your specific needs. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure, and we are happy to serve BOTOX® patients throughout the Albany area.
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