Botox injections are the most popular cosmetic procedure in the world today! The recent reports of a Florida couple who got paralyzed through an injection of a fake and illegal Botox did nothing to stem the huge popularity of this procedure. However, patients are now asking to know the source of the Botox. There are two legitimate sources: the Botox from Allergan a company in Irvine California and the second is Desport, a British company. A less reliable and potentially dangerous source is a cheap Botox from China and one from Korea.
The actual procedure takes only about five minutes, it is done on an outpatient basis, is relatively inexpensive. It is no more painful than a momentary sting. After your Botox treatments you may resume all normal activities.
Some people use a topical anesthetic cream to lessen the pain. I find that practice unnecessary provided the surgeon is gentle, knows how to use talk-asthesia (distracting the patient by making them talk during the procedure) and uses fine 30 gage needles for the procedure. It is important not to stick the needle so deep that it touches the bone which could result in a bad headache lasting two or three days.
At Clero Clinic we have done thousand of patients who keep coming back every six month for treatment. Botox is a toxic botulinum that interferes with nerve impulses. In small doses Botox, is completely safe as it temporarily weakens the muscles that cause frown lines in the face such as frown lines, horizontal lines of the forehead and crow's feet around the eyes. As the muscle is weakened, the skin is smoothed and the wrinkles disappear. Many of our physicians using Botox are reporting that their patients are seeing dramatic results. Some patients feel that they are able to postpone planned cosmetic surgery.
Botox is especially effective in reducing or eliminating the frown lines and the crow's feet around the eyes. When we weaken the muscle that causes frowning, we end up also lifting the brows giving it a more feminine look. Too much elevation can give a "surprised look" and can easily be corrected by injecting Botox in the forehead muscle which has the additional benefit of reducing the forehead horizontal wrinkles.
Botox under the lower eyelid can reduce the lines under the eyelid provided the skin is not too lax. Botox can also be injected to lift the corners of the mouth or what we call the marionette lines which give a sad look. Smokers purse their lips on average seven times per cigarette (over one million times over ten years of smoking one pack per day). The repeated pursing creates vertical lines which create bleeding lipsticks.
Botox can improve these wrinkles. Botox can also be used to reduce horizontal wrinkles of the neck and dcollet lines. Complications occur in one out of every hundred patient even in experienced hands and resolve in 1-3 weeks. The most common being a droopy eye from injections of the forehead lines or frown lines, or inability to suck on a straw of pronounce the letter "P" when injecting the lines around the lips. The injections do not usually leave any marks, swelling or bruising.
The effects start in about four days and peak at two weeks and last for 4-6 months. Botox has been used safely and effectively now for many years to treat a variety of disorders. Today, it has become the most popular treatment for reversing the visible signs of Aging. If those expression lines and lines derived from squinting as a result of sun glare are making you look older than your years, or are giving you the appearance of a frown or scowl, then discover.
Botox and put on a happy face! Botox .. Not Just for Wrinkles Migraine: Botox can be used to treat migraine headaches by injecting the area around the forehead muscle. It is effective in about four out of ten patients. Excessive sweating: (Hyperhidrosis) can have profound effects socially and professionally for those individuals unlucky to suffer from it. Botox is being used in treating patients suffering from chronic sweating under their armpits or of their palms and foreheads. Those who suffer from axillary hyperhidrosis sweat profusely from their underarms causing them to stain their clothes shortly after they dress. Most patients with palmar hyperhidrosis (excessive seating of the hands) consider it a difficult social problem since every time they shake hands, they leave the other person's palm very moist, a sensation most people find unpleasant.
The procedure is done using a topical local anaesthetic cream such as Emla for the armpit which should be applied for a full hour before the injection while we use intravenous sedation for the hands or the feet. Botox for excessive sweating under the armpit requires a full bottle of Botox and hence is a bit more expensive than the cost of Botox used for the face. Imagine the freedom to now wear the clothing of your choice without the constant fear and stigma that has been attached to this condition for so long. Results last for about nine months and the procedure is approved by the FDA Health Authority.