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Choosing the Right Procedures

I have worked as a receptionist at a popular cosmetic surgery office for the past ten years, and I have seen every type of cosmetic surgery and recovery that you could imagine. Unfortunately, some patients are much better at choosing their procedures than others. For example, we had one patient that opted to have ten nose jobs in a row, which lead to a deformed bridge and a super tiny nose tip. Unfortunately, when she came back a few months later to have the problem corrected, the doctors didn't have enough tissue to work with. On my website, you will learn how to decide which procedures are right for you, so that you aren't left regretting your decisions down the road.


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4 Common Questions About Botox Injections

by Michelle Austin

Have you always been curious about Botox, but feeling overwhelmed by all the information out there about it? You will definitely want to know the following essential information before you consider your first treatment. 

What Exactly Is Botox? 

Botox is the name frequently used to refer to Botulinum Toxin. It's a medicine that will prevent muscles from relaxing and cause them to become temporarily paralyzed. The end result is that it can reduce how strong the wrinkles look on your face for a short period of time, and then the Botox injection wears off and the muscle returns to normal. 

How Does Botox Work?

Your muscles are controlled by motor nerves, which contract due to a chemical known as acetylcholine. When Botox is injected into a muscle, it blocks the release of acetylcholine and prevents the muscle from contracting. This can help cause muscles to give a smooth appearance, which is how it was discovered for use for cosmetic purposes. If the muscles cannot contract, they will be relaxed and provide a smooth appearance on your skin.  

How Is Botox Injected?

Botox can be inserted into the muscles with a syringe that goes under the skin to release the medicine. The procedure is actually quite quick since it can be done in a matter of minutes. This allows people to get Botox injections when they have the time to do so, and not have it interrupt their day

There is some discomfort while the fine needle is used to inject the Botox serum. A numbing cream can be applied to the area prior to the injection to ease the discomfort, but some people choose not to use it because the injection is so quick.

What Happens Afterward? 

There will be mild bruising, redness, or swelling in the injection site. However, this is a temporary side effect that will clear up within a few hours or a day. You'll want to avoid touching the injection site, since it may cause the Botox to flow toward other muscles that were not intended to be treated. This is especially important when Botox is injected around the eyes since you do not want it to travel to the eyelids.  

You won't see the full effects of the Botox injections for several days after the procedure. The wrinkles will slowly appear smoother as the Botox works its way into the muscles and acetylcholine is blocked. For more information on Botox fillers, contact a professional near you.