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What is Botox? | How does Botox work? | Uses of Botox and Possible side effects.

Aging is a part of the course of life and changes that occur in overall health and facial profile with every declining year are inexorable. Thanks to the latest technologies and innovations in the field of aesthetic sciences that have brought revolutionary changes in the expression of getting older and also have brought improvement in the aesthetic rejuvenation of body, hair, and face. This is not only about the age that cause you get wrinkles, fine lines but excessive use of expressions may also cause to develop wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, frown lines, marionette lines, and forehead creases. The solution to the problems lies in a single, non-surgical, and harmless treatment that is Botox Cosmetic.

Botox is an injectable drug that aestheticians have been using for years to treat wrinkles, facials creases, and other aging concerns. The brand name Botox is a toxin obtained from the bacterium clostridium botulinum. Botox the neurotoxin protein works at the axon endings of neuromuscular junctions and prevents the release of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter responsible for muscular contractions and its inhibition causes temporary paralysis of muscles and thus inhibiting the formation of facial creases, wrinkles, and expression lines.

What are the Uses of Botox and How Botox Procedure is Done?

The most common uses of Botox may include to treat the signs of aging, but the Botox injections may also help to treat hyperhidrosis (Severe underarm sweating), Blepharospasm (Uncontrollable blinking), strabismus, chronic migraine, overactive bladder, and cervical dystonia. The aesthetic uses may include the treatment of


  • Fine lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown’s lines
  • Forehead creases
  • Marionette lines
  • Aesthetic rejuvenation of neck, chin, and jawline

Getting aesthetic treatment with Botox is considered a lunch break protocol and you will not need to take a break from your everyday routine activities. You will experience only minor discomfort; the Botox treatment will not require any anesthesia; however, a local numbing agent helps to ease the discomfort that occurs during the injection procedure.

The procedure also doesn’t require any specific preparations, it is best to avoid alcohol a week before the treatment. Patients should also stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before treatment to avoid getting the risk of complications.

A person in good physical health with realistic expectations from the procedure outcomes and who wants to delay the process and appearance of aging can be an ideal candidate for Botox injectables. During the procedure, the aesthetician uses a small needle to inject the medication into specific areas of concern.

Botox usually takes seven to fourteen days to show its complete effect which will last up to three to six months. The repeated doses of Botox are important to restore the effects. After three to six months, muscles return to their normal activity, and the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear with lesser severity due to muscles shrinkage.

For permanently maintained results, treatment should be repeated after every three to six months. Eventually, muscles train themselves for lesser contractions and the treatments can be spaced over a longer period.

It is vital to have Botox injectable treatment by a certified aesthetic practitioner to avoid the risks and complications associated with the procedure. The common side effects might include pain, redness, swelling, headache, indigestion, eye irritation, drooping eyelids, and flu-like symptoms.

The world-class facility of BEYOND Med Spa and Wellness Center in Newport Beach provides you an ultimate beyond beauty and beyond age experience. The Med Spa under the expert supervision of Dr. Allyson Berkey provides innovative and regenerative techniques to improve aesthetic health and overall wellness. For more information on possibilities that BEYOND Med Spa and Wellness Center offers, book your initial appointment or call (949) 270-6789.

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