Lesser-Known Facts About Botox For Interested Patients

Dermatologists, estheticians, and cosmetic surgeons can provide highly effective cosmetic treatments that can achieve things that over-the-counter creams cannot. One such treatment is Botox. Botox injections are minimally invasive, providing long-lasting results for people with numerous cosmetic complaints. Here are four lesser-known facts about Botox that can help people decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for them:

1. Botox blocks nerve signals.

Botox is derived from botulism toxin, a substance that is safe for cosmetic use when administered correctly. It creates the desired effect by stopping nerve signals from traveling to the brain, which results in an inability to contract the targeted muscles. This can be desirable in cosmetic treatment since it prevents people from forming facial expressions that lead to fine wrinkles and expression lines. However, Botox will not damage or permanently change the muscles themselves. 

2. Botox can be used on many different parts of the body.

Botox can help patients achieve many different cosmetic outcomes, depending on its placement. People who are concerned with lines on their foreheads or between their eyebrows will benefit from Botox injections administered in those areas. People who would like a slimmer jawline can take advantage of Botox injected into their masseter muscles, the muscles that allow a person to open and close their mouth. Botox can even be used to reduce excessive sweating when administered into the sweat glands in a person's hands, feet, or underarms.

3. Botox can be administered with analgesic treatments to manage discomfort.

The needle used to administer Botox are very thin, and many patients find that Botox injections are not particularly painful. However, some people are understandably nervous about the idea of facial injections. If you're sensitive to pain or have a fear of needles, you may want to ask your Botox provider about analgesic treatments. Numbing creams and sprays can minimize the sensation of the needle entering your skin. A small, vibrating tool can also be used to distract you from the sensation of each Botox injection. This device is placed on the skin next to the intended injection site and gently vibrated against the skin to confuse pain receptors and reduce overall discomfort.

4. Botox may cause temporary bruising.

Botox is minimally invasive and typically doesn't require any downtime. However, you may experience some temporary bruising at the injection sites, depending on your body's individual reaction to the treatment. Any bruising can be treated with ice, warm compresses, and gentle massage until it abates.