Botox and Other Similar Alternative Treatments

Botox is the brand name for a neurotoxic protein used in cosmetic injections. The process is performed at an aesthetic clinic by a trained aesthetic doctor. It is one of the most popular dermal fillers available.
The filler injections create a controlled weakening of the muscles. The substance blocks the nerve impulses, relaxing the contracted muscles. As a result, the appearance of lines and wrinkles are diminished. Botox is the only treatment of its kind approved by the FDA. The treatments take about ten minutes and results are typically visible in two to four days.

People with a desire to fix cosmetic issues of the face are candidates for these treatments. Some people want only subtle changes instead of a dramatic differences in their appearance. Botox offers a variety of other medical uses as well. Doctors have also used the injections to treat writer’s cramp, excessive sweating, migraine headaches, overactive bladder and enlarged prostate.

One of the main benefits of dermal fillers for cosmetic purposes is the fact they are less invasive than a traditional facelift. The results are immediate and there is no need to spend days or weeks bandaged during recovery, as one would be the case with surgical cosmetic procedures. The swelling from the injections is usually gone within a day or two.

The positive results of the injection typically last for four to six months. Some find that over time the appearance of the wrinkles become less severe. Some find these options offer better results than a traditional facelift. Patients in their 30s usually enjoy the best results. Some cosmetic surgery experts recommend a combination of filler and surgical treatment for patients in their 40s and older.

Risks of dermal fillers are minimal. Those using antibiotics or women who are pregnant or nursing are advised to postpone injections. Antibiotics can interfere with the injection and cause an allergic reaction. Minor side effects of injections include droopy eyelids, difficulty swallowing, pain, nausea, muscle weakness, indigestion or heartburn, tooth pain, and hypertension. Serious side effects sometimes occur. Patients should contact their physician immediately should there be any signs of chest pain, dry eyes, speech problems, or double vision.

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Dr. Raj Acquilla of Cheshire Cosmetic demonstrates lifting the lower face using Botox and Juvederm.