August 14, 2013

Thinking About Getting Botox?


Millions of Botox cosmetic procedures are done each year.  This is what  you need to know before getting into it... 

What is Botox?  A poison.  It is a purified protein called botulinum toxin type A derived from bacteria.  It temporarily relaxes muscle areas by blocking nerve impulses that trigger contractions, softening wrinkles and modifying expression.  The idea is to use it to not look angry, sad or tired.  A smoothed brow makes it harder to scowl.  Reducing forehead wrinkles and crow's feet make you look younger.  When the injection wears off, the facial muscles return to normal strength, and your face returns to its normal animation. 

Side Effect

Common side effects  are short term bruising and swelling.  Rarely, there is a "serum sickness" with flu like symptoms which last a few hours.  Other complications are more rare and go away within two weeks.  The idea of looking three to five years younger can be compelling!  On average, people who regularly get these injections do so two or three times per year. 

As with any delicate facial procedure, before doing so get a sense of how long the doctor has been administering Botox.

Source:  Best Health Magazine   

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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