What is Botox?
Botox is the number one cosmetic procedure in the United States. In 2005, almost 3.3 million procedures were performed with Botox. To Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, Botox is almost a miracle drug. “I’m not going to say that my practice is devoted to saving lives, but the fact is we helping improve and change lives everyday. I’ve devoted my practice to helping people look better and feel better about themselves but I also administer Botox to patients that suffer from medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis, TMJ and migraine headaches. Both of those conditions are debilitating and using Botox I can help eliminate the mental anguish associated with hyperhidrosis and the physical pain of TMJ or migraines.”
How Botox Works
Wrinkles are created when the nerve cells contained within muscles release acetylcholine that, in turn, cause the muscle to contract. Eventually these contractions lead to dynamic wrinkles. Botox, medically known as OnabotulinumtoxinA, disrupts the release of acetylcholine, effectively paralyzing the muscle and preventing the contractions.
Results are typically evident within one week after treatment and should remain for a minimum of three months. Results vary among individual cases, and the results are temporary. You will need to plan for additional injections, depending on your long-term treatment goals.“In my practice we offer free touch-ups 14–21 days after the initial treatment, “ says Dr. Ourian. “I want my patients to be fully satisfied with their treatments. We’ve also set up a very successful discount program that rewards patients for returning to our office in three months for their next treatment.”
The Botox Procedure and Aftercare
Botox is administered in a doctor’s office with a series of injections. Typically the injections are done without anesthetic but, upon request, a numbing cream may be applied to the treatment area. The procedure is quick and relatively painless, though some patients may experience some discomfort. It’s important that you follow your doctor’s instructions for after care.
After Botox Treatment Instructions
- Avoid lying down or massaging the treated area for 4 hours after treatment.
- Do not exercise for 24 hours.
- Exercise the treated muscles for a few hours after the treatment.
- If you get a headache (as some people do for few hours after the treatment) you may take a Tylenol, unless otherwise advised by your physician.
- You may take Arnica tablets if there is any bruising in the site of injections, or if you are prone to bruising.
Botox Side Effects
The most common side effects of Botox are soreness and /or bruising at the injections site, headache, and flu-like symptoms. These can often be resolved with ice packs or acetaminophen. Infrequently, a temporary condition known as ptosis can develop. This is when the eyelid droops and may last 4 to 6 weeks. Report to your doctor immediately any unmanageable pain or symptoms that is progressive or abnormal.