Dr. Ben Marcus Talks About Botox
Botox® is an injectable agent used to temporarily diminish or eliminate lines and wrinkles on the face by relaxing underlying facial muscles. Botox® contains a highly diluted form of the botulinum toxin and has been proven safe. For this reason, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Botox® botulinum toxin treatment for alleviating eye-muscle disorders and smoothing frown lines.
Ideal Botox® cosmetic candidates for skin treatment are those who wish to see an improvement in their facial lines and wrinkles. The main potential benefit of Botox® injectable skin treatments is the chance to take years off your facial appearance by eliminating frown lines, crow's feet and other minor facial wrinkles.
There have been very few potential risks of Botox® that have come to light thus far - though pregnant women, patients suffering from neurological disorders and people taking certain medications and antibiotics are not considered good candidates for the procedure.
After your physician discusses with you which of your facial muscles will need injection, your Botox® cosmetic treatment will consist of your doctor injecting very small amounts into the areas to be treated. Botox® can take up to 3-7 days to take effect. The effects last for about 3-4 months on average.
Recovery following Botox® treatment is usually very brief, and you will be able to resume most normal activities immediately. It is recommended that you do not lie down for several hours after the procedure, and that you refrain from massaging the treated area or participating in particularly strenuous activities for 24 hours.