The Unwrinkled Truth About Botox
What you really need to know about the cosmetic procedure
“Did she or didn’t she?” you may have asked when admiring your youthful, wrinkle free friend’s face. Is she naturally smooth and without lines, or is it…botox?
Botox injections are the fastest-growing cosmetic procedure in the industry, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. We chatted with New York based Dr. Michael T. Goldstein, who has been administering the procedure for thirteen years, to find out what exactly is the truth about this magic injection, and what are just nasty rumors…
- Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox Cosmetic) is a protein complex produced by the bacterium Clostridiu and small doses block the release of a chemical called acetylcholine by nerve cells that signal muscle contraction. By selectively interfering with the underlying muscles’ ability to contract, lines are smoothed out.
- Botox is not a one shot deal. it needs to be repeated every three to six months.
- Most botox users are women. Accoring to the ASPS 88% of p eople receiving the procedure are women.
- Botox is also approved for the treatment of migraine headaches
- Botox is most often administered by dermatologists, opthamologists, and plastic surgeons
- Yes, there are possible side effects. Rare complications of Botox injections include ‘drooping’ or muscle weakness.This problem is mostly caused if an injection was too great.
- Botox can also leave you feeling sore and bruised in the days following the procedure
Ready to give botox a shot? Some guidelines when getting botox include:
- Be sure a qualified doctor performs a procedure
- Do not get botox while you are sick “It can make you not feel well afterwards,” Dr. Goldstein informs us
- Avoid alcohol before the procedure
- Be informed! Ask questions and have a discussion with your doctor before the procedure. Talk to friends who have had the injections before you make a final decision.
Libby Keatinge is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.