botox BASICS

have you caught yourself looking in the mirror and finding that those wrinkles that once didn’t bother you all of a sudden look deeper? Well, you’re not alone.

As millions of Americans age, they find themselves looking for that proverbial fountain of youth. Well, it might be as close as your nearest plastic surgeon’s office.

Various drug companies, along with physicians, have developed products to help diminish signs of aging. One of those products has made its way into our everyday vocabulary: Botox.

Botox is a purified protein made from a toxin produced by the bacteria, Clostridium botulinum. By blocking the nerve signals to the muscles of your face, Botox works to weaken those same muscles that cause frown lines and wrinkles. The procedure consists of a series of small injections of the toxin into the problem muscles.

Botox is commonly used on the forehead, the brows, and the crow’s feet around the eyes. It has become a common procedure as it can be done in a short period of time on an outpatient basis. The effects of a Botox injection generally last three to four months, therefore repeat injections are required as maintenance.

With its popularity increasing, the misuse of Botox has also risen. Many patients go in for the procedure with misconceptions about what Botox can do for them. Botox is very useful for early signs of aging; Botox is not useful for filling in wrinkles, improving skin quality, or tightening loose skin.

It is essential that anyone considering Botox should at least have a full facial evaluation by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, a simple step that can save significant financial and emotional burden. Only you and your plastic surgeon can together formulate a comprehensive plan to help keep you looking your best. Go in and see your doctor today to determine if Botox is right for you.

Contributed by: Navinderdeep Nijher, MD for the group; James Rogers, MD; Leonik Ahumada, MD; R. Asokan, MD

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Ocala, FL 34474
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