Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses myths about Botox
Botox is the most common cosmetic procedure for reducing the appearance of certain signs of aging. With its wide use, there are also a number of misconceptions that surround the procedure. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently dispelled these myths in an article titled “5 Myths about Botox, banished!” for S.O.S Mujer.
Botox delays the need for cosmetic surgery but does not replace it, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger
For decades, Botox has been used to treat conditions such as chronic migraines and excessive sweating. More recently, it has been used as an effective treatment for addressing fine lines and wrinkles.
“It works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles in the face,” explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “The muscles can no longer contract, so wrinkles relax and soften, giving an overall smoother appearance.”
The treatment is often used to target wrinkles that result from repetitious movement such as forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet.
Unlike cosmetic surgery, Botox typically lasts three to four months. As time passes, the muscles relax and return to their pre-injection appearance, causing many patients to opt for Botox maintenance treatments. The results of Botox treatments can also be prolonged with the right anti-aging skin care regimen.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the Botox procedure
If you are interested in Botox, consult with a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon to discuss your goals for treatment. A staff member will likely take your photo to identify the areas where wrinkles may be improved and to serve as your “before” shot to note visible improvements once the procedure has taken place.
When you are ready for Botox injections, you will relax in a chair as the injection sites are cleaned. A topical numbing solution will be applied to make injections quick and painless.
“Most patients describe the sensation as a tiny sting,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
The procedure takes no more than 15 minutes, and you may resume your normal activities once the treatment is complete.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends seeing a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon for the best results
It is rare to experience side effects with Botox. Minor swelling and bruising may occur, but in the majority of cases this does not last long and may be easily covered with makeup. Drooping eyelids may occur in rare cases but can be avoided by seeking the care of an experienced dermatologist. Many salons, day spas and similar establishments are offering Botox injections but may not be up to standard in terms of technique and cleanliness. Dr. Joel Schlessinger advises, “the best way to avoid poor or uneven placement and serious side effects is to see a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon for Botox and any other cosmetic procedures.”
Do you have questions about Botox? Ask Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the comment section.