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Everything You Didn't Know About Botox®

Everything You Didn't Know About Botox®

Botox® gives you a way to defy aging, and it does so through a treatment that’s so convenient many people get it on their lunch break. It can be an excellent option for virtually anyone who wants to get rid of the wrinkles between their brows, on their foreheads, or at the corners of their eyes. 

Before you choose Botox, though, you should know all about it. Fortunately, as specialists in BotoxStephanie Sylvester, RN, and Craig Sylvester, MD, offer this convenient, appearance-transforming treatment option, and help educate you about it every step of the way. You can visit us at Revive Health and Wellness in Norwell, Massachusetts, to ask any questions you may have, or you can get started with this guide.

It doesn’t work by filling in wrinkles

People often think that Botox fills in the wrinkle in order to smooth it. Actually, though, that’s how another type of cosmetic injectables — dermal fillers — work.

Botox treats your wrinkle on a deeper level. It paralyzes the muscle underneath it, forcing the muscle to relax. Once that muscle is calm, the skin above it can smooth, making you look younger, less tired, and less stern. 

It doesn’t just treat wrinkles

While anti-aging leads in terms of Botox usage, this versatile treatment can help with a variety of issues. If you deal with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), for example, you can get Botox injections in your underarms or on your palms to stop the wetness.

Botox also works well to soothe migraines. If you live with chronic migraines, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about this treatment option. 

Botox is the name brand

The solution that makes Botox work is called botulinum toxin. Because the names are so similar, people often use Botox as the blanket term for all botulinum toxin-based solutions. But Botox is actually the brand name for the injectable from Allergan Aesthetics. There are several other brands of botulinum toxin-based cosmetic injectables, including:

Our team can help you identify the best option for your cosmetic goals. 

It only works for certain types of wrinkles

Botox isn’t the right option for all wrinkles. As we mentioned before, it works by freezing the targeted muscle. That makes it effective for dynamic wrinkles that develop because of repeated facial expressions.

For non-muscular wrinkles, though, you’ll need an alternative option. Dermal fillers give you a better way to smooth the lines that form on the lower half of your face as you lose volume through the years. 

More people get it than you might think

People often treat Botox as their little secret, which can lead to a misconception that it’s just for celebrities and a select few beyond that. Actually, though, nearly 4.5 million people opt for Botox every single year according to the annual report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 

In fact, if you’ve ever envied a friend or a coworker for their youthful complexion, the odds are good that they periodically get Botox or other cosmetic injectables. 

Now you know more about Botox. If you think it might be right for you, call us or request an appointment online today to get started. 

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