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Botox is a trade name for the toxin that Clostridium botulinum produces. Many people dwell on the fact that this toxin can cause botulism poisoning (which is true), but when used in very small, purified, controlled and reconstructed amounts, it has proven to be a safe yet powerful neurotoxin effective in treating wrinkles, by temporarily relaxing the muscle.
How does it work?
Botox works by standing in the way of the signals sent by certain muscles, not allowing them to reach the brain. Thus, the muscles do not contract, causing fewer wrinkles. Over time, the skinís memory fades as the muscle remains relaxed and the wrinkles reduce accordingly.
How long does Botox last?
This varies slightly among patients, but you can expect results to last approximately three to four months. After that, the effects gradually wear off. Some women are able to move the muscles gradually for a month or two before seeing signs of wrinkles returning.
Botox has been FDA approved in safely treating wrinkles for decades, among other conditions such as migraine headaches, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
Does Botox hurt?
This also varies among patients depending on their threshold for pain. Other factors, such as the injection site, number of injections and whether or not your doctor uses a numbing agent will make a difference. If you have a particularly low threshold for pain, speak with Dr. Peredo about this; however, most people report minimal discomfort from the procedure.
What should I Expect with My Treatment?
You may experience temporary redness and swelling at the injection site. You may also experience bruising at and around the treated area. Results should be visible in a few weeks. You will notice the difference in the muscleís ability to move before you see the actual lines in the skin soften and become less visible.
Will my insurance cover Botox?
Most insurance plans will not cover cosmetic procedures.
Botox, however, has been used since the 1980ís in medical capacities as well. If you are being treated for abnormalities of the eye muscles, migraines, muscle stiffness, hyperhidrosis or other conditions where Botox has potential to produce positive results, your insurance provider may cover the procedure.
How much does Botox in Smithtown cost?
The cost of a Botox procedure depends on how many units you receive. Dr. Peredo will discuss this in more detail with you during your consultation after determining how much Botox is necessary.
What can Botox do for me?
Its main use is to treat wrinkles. The severity of forehead lines, lines between the eyebrows and creases around the eyes can all be temporarily reduced. Botox can also be used to slightly lift the brow and reduce lines around the neck when the procedure is skillfully performed.
Is everyone a good candidate for Botox?
Although Botox is safe, not everyone is a great candidate for the procedure. Women who are breastfeeding or pregnant shouldnít receive Botox injections, and people with neurological conditions should refrain from Botox, as well.
Another important face to remember is that Botox isnít the right injectable for every patient and every wrinkle. Different types of wrinkles require different injectables or fillers, so even if you feel comfortable and safe with the procedure, be sure to schedule a full consultation with Dr. Peredo before deciding whether itís right for you.