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Myths About Botox

Botox is dangerous.
The kind of Botox which is used for cosmetic purposes is actually very safe and can be injected multiple times over the course of several years without harming your skin or organs. Being the most popular type of cosmetic procedure on the market today, Botox has been highly refined and is designed to be safe. Moreover, it has also been approved by the FDA. With that said, it is important to point out that Botox, like any other cosmetic procedure, must be administered by an experienced cosmetic dermatologist. Improper amount of Botox can produce harmful effects in the body. The toxin present in Botox is extremely dangerous to the body if injected in large amounts.

It is easy to get addicted to Botox.
Botox is not permanent and will usually last for about three to six months. Therefore, to maintain its effects over a long period of time, one will be required to have periodic treatments. Doctors do not consider one to three treatments a year as an addiction because this amount is generally needed to preserve the youthful look. However, Botox does produce very desirable results and this may lead some people to seek multiple treatments in a short span of time which is not recommended. Nevertheless, there isn’t any ingredient in Botox itself that can make one addicted to it.

Botox, Restylane, and Juvederm are all the same.
Botox has a very significant difference when compared to Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, and other dermal fillers. While it is true that all of these have a similar function, the way they work is not the same. Botox, unlike dermal fillers, is a toxin which temporarily paralyzes muscle contraction. This prevents the muscles from forming wrinkles on the surface of the face. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are substances which are injected to provide more volume and fullness to the facial features.

Botox requires a complex surgical procedure.
A Botox treatment can safely and effectively be administered in as little as fifteen to thirty minutes. Botox is a non-surgical procedure which is accomplished by injecting a substance with the use of a syringe in particular regions of the face. There are absolutely no incisions, profound bleeding, or severe swelling if administered correctly. Additionally, even though it may take up to a week for full results to become apparent, there is no real downtime after a Botox procedure. At most, one might experience some redness, small bruising, or discomfort at the injection area.

Botox can treat every kind of facial wrinkles and folds.
It is true that Botox produces great results. No doubt this has made it the most popular choice when it comes to cosmetic procedures and is a major reason why people keep coming back to it. However, Botox has its limitations and cannot achieve every form of facial rejuvenation. There are a lot of factors which come into play with regards to the type of results you will see from Botox and how long they will last. These include your age, amount of exposure to the sun, facial composition, and diet.

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Fillers vs Neuromodulators

There comes a time in a person’s life when their skin begins to show their age with wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines becoming permanently etched on their face. But are they really all that permanent? Thankfully, not anymore. Ever since the advancements in cosmetic surgery, not only are these signs of aging reversible, but now you even have a choice as to which method you would like to use to treat them. Two of the most common treatments available today are fillers and Neuromodulators.

So, what are fillers? Fillers are substances that are injected directly into the affected area of the skin, thereby filling the lines, spots, and creases to make one’s face look “full” and plump once again. They are quick-acting and the effects last anywhere from four months to one year depending on the type of filler used. These fillers are eventually absorbed by the body. Thus, they require refilling once the creases and wrinkles have started to return.

Care should be taken to ensure that these injections are only given by trained professionals because, if done incorrectly, they can result in serious complications. These fillers carry the risk of allergic reactions ranging from bumps under the skin (which can become permanent) to bluish discoloration of the skin. When it comes to fillers, there are various types. Some of the most commonly used fillers are:

  • Juvederm/Restylane: These are popular hyaluronic acid based products and are used to soften the folds on the face and enhance the lips. Moreover, it is also used to remove nasolabial folds (also known as smile lines) which run from the sides of the mouth to the nose.
  • Radiesse: This consists of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHa) which is injected into the face. Not only does it fill the region, but it also causes the body’s own natural regenerating abilities to kick in, thereby producing the collagen required to keep the face more smooth and flexible.
  • Sculptra: The active ingredient in this filler is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). This product is mainly used to fight facial lipoatrophy which is the loss of fat tissues on a person’s face.

Now, let’s move on to the other treatment method – neuromodulators. Much like their counterpart, neuromodulators are also injected directly into the face. The difference between neuromodulators and fillers is that neuromodulators affect wrinkles by relaxing the muscle of the injection site which causes the wrinkle. The neuromodulator will soften and relax the muscle in the particular area that is contracting and causing a wrinkle to appear.

Unlike fillers, these neuromodulators may take a few days and require multiple injections in order to treat stubborn muscles before you see any results. If any negative side effects, such as swelling or redness, become apparent, they will soon disappear. The effects of the treatments can last up to four months. Lastly, just like fillers, neuromodulators also carry very dangerous side effects if administered incorrectly. So, please see a certified cosmetic dermatologic surgeon before you proceed.

Below you will find some common neuromodulators used by cosmetic dermatologists:

  • Botox: This is by far the most popular of them all. Its active ingredient is onabotulinumtoxinA and is used to treat crow’s feet as well as frown lines.
  • Dysport: The active ingredient of Dysport is abobotulinumtoxin (from the same botulinum family which Botox belongs to).
  • Xeomin: IncobotulinumtoxinA is its active ingredient and it too is used for wrinkles on the face. All three of these products are from the same botulinum source. Therefore, they all hold the same risks and side effects.

This is a basic outline of these products. Please consult Dr. Frank to get an expert opinion on which treatment will best meet your needs.

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Botox- Once You Start, Can You Stop?

What Is Botox?

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Botox is an injectable treatment that can help reverse the signs of aging, as well as treat some other medical conditions.  In addition to anti-aging, Botox can also be used to help treat severe migraines, hyperhidrosis, and even disorders such as TMD. Although there is a lot of conflicting information on Botox out there, the truth is that the procedure is actually quite safe and there are large amounts of people that have had Botox performed multiple times.

Should I Consider Botox?

“Whether or not Botox is for you will depend on a few different factors,” says Horizon Laser‘s Botox specialist. Generally, Botox is recommended to those who would like to make their face look younger without having plastic surgery. The ideal candidate for Botox would be in good health and have moderate to severe skin wrinkling in the face.

Results are typically seen directly after the treatment. The treatment results will typically last around 4-6 months. After this time frame, it is ordinarily necessary to have some additional work in order to maintain the results.

However, there are some potential dangers and downsides to injecting. Potential side effects of Botox include swelling, bruising and redness. Typically if any of these side effects occur they will disappear after a few days, but you should always consult your Doctor.  There is a potential for some additional more severe side effects, which is something you would want to discuss with your Doctor as well.

The largest potential danger to using Botox is the possibility of Botox addiction.  Unfortunately, Botox addiction is something that is real and must be noted. Since it is possible to become addicted to Botox, the best thing you can do is work with a professional and honest Doctor. A reputable Doctor would never permit their patients to allow their Botox use to get to a dangerous level. Working with a true professional and responsible Doctor will ensure that your Botox use remains at a normal level.

Getting Started with Botox

To get started with your Botox treatment, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank in Manhattan can meet all of your needs. Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank has extensive experience in the field and has helped countless patients. Dr. Frank ensures that his patients are taken care of while remaining objective, never allowing someone to become addicted to Botox. Dr. Frank’s strong feelings about dermatology and his overall philosophy promise that you’ll be taken care of in a responsible way. To get started with Dr. Frank, visit him online at http://www.pfrankmd.com or call 212-327-2919.

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