Has your doctor given a recommendation for botox injections? Are you nervous or uneasy about what botox is exactly and what results you may receive from it? Maybe you have heard rumors that it is harmful or even dangerous to your body. By doing your research, you can calm your fears and find out just how effective botox can be. It is commonly used for cosmetic reasons, but medical studies have proven just how effective botox is for treating chronic issues with pain and muscular conditions.

What is Botox?

Botox is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It produces flaccid paralysis by preventing the release of neurotransmitters, resulting in paralyzed muscles. Botox is produced from the same bacterium that causes botulism, a life-threatening illness. While this may sound scary, the amounts that are used for treatment are so small and contained to a certain area that you are not at risk of contracting botulism.

What is Botox Used For?

You may be wondering why people would choose to put “poison” in their bodies. The reason is that the benefits far outweigh the minor risks. Botox has been found to be extremely effective in treating chronic migraine headaches, muscular issues, bowel and bladder disorders. It can treat muscle stiffness, muscle spasms, and excessive sweating. Botox has also proven itself beneficial to recovery for stroke patients and spinal cord injuries or disorders. People with irregular eye movements have been treated with botox to paralyze the stronger eye to allow the weaker eye to strengthen.

As a cosmetic treatment, botox has proven to not only reduce the appearance of existing wrinkles but actually prevent future wrinkles from occurring. By relaxing the underlying muscles of the face and neck, it prevents the repetitive movements that caused the wrinkles in the first place. In a very short time, you will notice your skin has a much smoother appearance. The effects can last up to four months before another set of injections.

How is Botox Administered?

Botox comes in powder form and is diluted with saline in order to inject it. The needle is inserted through the dermis and into the underlying muscle. After it is administered, it tells the nerves to ignore any messages to contract or use that muscle. Botox will not spread throughout the body when injected correctly by a professional. If administered incorrectly, it can cause side effects including botulism-like symptoms, muscle weakness, breathing difficulty, ineffective speaking or swallowing, bladder control problems, and vision issues. This is why you want to make sure to see a professional that you trust and know is experienced and knowledgable.

Dr. Dallas Homas at New Image Plastic Surgery strives to provide superior results in a warm and inviting practice for every one of his patients. Set up a consultation with Dr. Homas today to receive more information on botox injections and have all your questions answered.

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Botox and fillers are capable of leading to amazing results with your appearance. Many know of the injectables for their wrinkle reducing results, however, they can also help reshape your features. When the cosmetic injection has been performed by an expert injector at New Image Plastic Surgery, you will be able to achieve the facial contour you want, correct, or even shape the look of your face. The following are the results to look out for with Botox and fillers.

Liquid Facelift

Dermal fillers can be used as a noninvasive method that the patient uses to soften or get rid of the unwanted wrinkles, age lines, and facial folds. Other injectables used like Restylane, Radiesse, and Juvederm can help in contouring facial shape to the preference of the patient. Hyaluronic acid is the key ingredient in these fillers, which is found in your body naturally. It helps to add hydration and volume into the skin. As people grow older, the skin becomes less elastic and begins to thin. With the aid of such fillers, sagging skin gets plumped up and it makes the face and other body parts to look youthful and fuller.

Botox Softens the Jawline

Patients may wish to have a narrow jaw if they have a wide jaw. Botox can get injected into the masseter muscle and under the cheekbones. It can weaken the muscle in a few minutes. The size of the jaw starts to decrease, and it will reach the size you want after some time. As time passes, the muscle will go through muscle hypertrophy since it will lose strength and volume, decreasing in size.

Sculptra Filler

The Sculptra filler is the dermal filler which can be placed under the skin and it can add volume and fill into the deep folds of your face. It is unique as it will fill up the folds like the nasolabial folds after stimulating collagen production in the body. Since your own collagen is smoothing the lines and wrinkles, results will be long-lasting, which leads to the best skin volume you can achieve.

To learn more about how you can contour and reshape your facial features with fillers or Botox, contact our office. We can schedule your consultation at New Image Plastic Surgery to begin developing your treatment plan.

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With years of facial expression, exposure to the sun, and the effects of gravity, your skin can begin to weaken and show lines and wrinkles. But you don’t have to live with your signs of aging. A nonsurgical treatment like Botox or dermal fillers can smooth out your facial lines and wrinkles to restore your youthful appearance! The two treatments have similar purposes, but they actually treat different types of wrinkles. Keep reading to find out which one you might choose.

What can Botox do?

Botox is a highly popular cosmetic treatment that can smooth out some of the most common facial lines such as crow’s feet in the outer corners of the eyes, frown lines between the brows, and forehead lines. Botox is generally used for the upper face and is effective on lines that are caused by facial expression. Are your wrinkles worse when you smile or laugh? Botox can target your facial muscles to reduce contractions, preventing your wrinkles from showing. Botox typically lasts four to six months before a touch up session is needed.

What can fillers do?

There are many filler formulas on the market that allow you to customize your treatment based on your concerns. Fillers literally fill in your lines, wrinkles, and folds with a clear gel formula. Common treatment areas are lines around the mouth and nose. Most formulas contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that provides your skin hydration. The filler can also add subtle volume to your lips, cheeks, or under the eyes. If you have deep lines or wrinkles that are present even when your face is relaxed, you could benefit from facial fillers to smooth your skin. Depending on the formula you choose, fillers can last for six to twelve months before a maintenance session is needed.

Both Botox and fillers can effectively smooth out your wrinkles for a rejuvenated appearance. If you’re experiencing both types of wrinkles, they can even be combined for optimal results! To get started with your injectable treatment, contact our office today and we’ll schedule your consultation with Dr. Homas.

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