The popularity of Botox injections has been on the rise for over a decade and is one of the most popular procedures performed in Utah. Even with its rise to fame, there are still many questions surrounding Botox and Dr. Jensen is here to answer them.
How Does Botox Work?
As we age, the muscles in our face that contract during smiling or laughing can cause our skin to fold and produces what some people know as ‘dynamic wrinkles.’ Botox injections block signals from the nerves to the muscle which results in a temporary paralysis of the muscle, and allows the wrinkles to relax and soften in appearance.
Where is the Most Common Place for Botox to be Injected?
Botox is used primarily where lines of expression are formed-specifically forehead lines, furrow lines between the eyebrows, and crows feet-soft lines formed on the sides of the eyelids.
How Long Does Botox last? When Will I notice Results?
Typically, results will be noticeable anywhere from one to two weeks after the injection, and will last for three to six months. At that time, the lines may begin to reappear as the muscle paralysis wears off, but will be less noticeable. To keep the lines at bay, we will schedule a follow up injection.
Can Botox be Used Other than for Cosmetic Procedures?
Botox has been found to be effective in treating muscle twitches, chronic migraines, crossed eyes, overactive or uncontrollable bladder symptoms, and excessive sweating from the underarms.
What are the Side Effects?
Minor side effects will fade after the first 24 hours post injection and can include headaches, bruising, pain at the injection site, and a rare case of dropping eyelids. If you are pregnant or nursing, we may need to discuss your goals further before performing the procedure.
Dr. Jensen is a board certified surgeon who has been performing cosmetic and advanced robotic procedures in Utah longer than any other surgeon in practice. For questions about Botox or other procedures he performs, contact his office today!
Postmarketing reports indicate that the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic and all botulinum toxin products may spread from the area of injection to produce symptoms consistent with botulinum toxin effects. These may include asthenia, generalized muscle weakness, diplopia, ptosis, dysphagia, dysphonia, dysarthria, urinary incontinence and breathing difficulties. These symptoms have been reported hours to weeks after injection. Swallowing and breathing difficulties can be life threatening and there have been reports of death. The risk of symptoms is probably greatest in children treated for spasticity but symptoms can also occur in adults treated for spasticity and other conditions, particularly in those patients who have an underlying condition that would predispose them to these symptoms. In unapproved uses, including spasticity in children, and in approved indications, cases of spread of effect have been reported at doses comparable to those used to treat cervical dystonia and upper limb spasticity and at lower doses.