1) What is Botox®? (Short for Botulinum Toxin)
Botox®is a protein found in nature. Botox® works by temporarily blocking the release of acetylcholine which is a nerve transmitter. When the nerve transmitter is blocked, the nearby muscle is then relaxed and the corresponding wrinkle is reduced or softened. Botox® is a brand name owned by Allergan. Over a million people have been safely treated with BOTOX® and other brands of botulinum toxin A.
2) Is Botox® only used to treat wrinkles?
Botox® has been used for multiple purposes by medical professionals since the 1980s. In fact, it has been used as early as the 1950′s. Botox® was first used for the treatment of Dystonia. Dystonia is a disorder characterized by involuntary sustained muscle contractions resulting in twisting and repetitive movements. It can also be used to improve severe spasm or involuntary blinking of the eyelid (blepharospasm) as well as for severe underarm sweating,
3) Can anyone have treatment with Botox®?
There are a few but important conditions that are considered unsafe for the use of Botox®. For example, Botox® may not be used if rare neurological conditions pre-exist and may not be given when a few medications are taken such as some unusual antibiotics. In addition, there have been no clinical studies on a pregnant or breastfeeding woman. As a result, we do not treat these patients at Flawless Skin Spa. Flawless will always treat on the cautious side to ensure patient safety. During your consultation, your practitioner will go through your medical history and any medications you may be taking to qualify whether it is safe to have a treatment.
4) How long do the results last?
Although each patient is different, treatments can last from three to six months. At Flawless Skin Spa, we always offer free of charge follow-up appointments to all patients, allowing patients to return anytime from 14-21 days post-treatment.
5) Can anyone inject Botox®?
Because Botox® is a medication, it should be administered by a qualified medical professional.
Medical practitioners have a firm understanding of both the facial muscles & how they work in relationship with each other. There are over 50 different muscles in the human face, should the wrong one be ‘relaxed’ the results could cause unwanted short-term effects such as asymmetry to the face.
At Flawless Skin Spa, our nurses have received extensive training in advanced injections and have years of experience behind them. We welcome you to call us today to schedule your appointment. We have affordable payment plans and are open on Saturdays!
Stay Flawless – Heather