Aging gracefully is a universal desire, but not everyone wants to go under the knife to turn back the hands of time. If you've been contemplating non-invasive ways to refresh your appearance, Botox treatments are likely on your radar.
Botox treatments offer a less intimidating approach to anti-aging than surgical procedures. However, medical professionals must administer them. For Dr. Sashidhar Ganta and his team at NuSelf Bariatrics in Austin and Cedar Park, Texas, expertly delivering Botox is just another Tuesday.
This article breaks down what Botox is and what to expect from the procedure.
What is Botox and how does it work?
Botox is an abbreviation for Botulinum toxin, a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. While the term 'toxin' might initially raise your eyebrows, Botulinum toxin has been researched and approved by the FDA for medical and cosmetic applications.
When injected in precise quantities into specific muscles, Botox effectively "freezes" them. This injection blocks the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that triggers muscle contractions, causing the muscles to relax and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
The benefits of Botox
Botox is effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, predominantly on the forehead and around the eyes.
The area around your eyes is particularly susceptible to aging, and Botox offers a non-surgical solution to reduce crow's feet.
Over time, your brow may drop or lower. Botox can also lift the brow, making your face look less tired.
Beyond its cosmetic advantages, Botox has been effective in treating chronic migraines. The injections are placed in specific points on the head and neck to relieve muscle tension and block pain signals.
Botox can also temporarily relieve people who suffer from excessive sweating by blocking the chemical signals that stimulate sweat glands.
Procedure and aftercare
A Botox procedure at NuSelf Bariatrics typically starts with an in-depth consultation to understand your specific needs and assess if you're a candidate for the treatment. Then, one of our qualified medical professionals administers Botox injections into the targeted areas.
The actual procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes. After the treatment, it's critical to avoid rubbing or massaging the injected areas for at least 24 hours to prevent the Botox from spreading to unintended muscles. Also, you should avoid strenuous physical activity for a couple of days.
Side effects and risks
While Botox is a generally safe procedure with minimal downtime, it is crucial to be aware of potential side effects. These may include discomfort or bruising at the injection site, headaches, or temporary eyelid drooping.
Severe side effects are rare but could include difficulty breathing or swallowing, so it is vital to have the procedure done by a qualified medical professional.
As a non-invasive, scientifically-backed treatment, Botox stands out as an effective, minimally-invasive solution for those seeking to rejuvenate their appearance.
If you've been considering Botox, there's no better place to entrust your care than NuSelf Bariatrics. We have the expertise and technology to ensure your Botox treatment is effective and safe. Schedule a consultation with us online or call one of our offices today.