Botox by Dr Sarah Hagarty
Botox injections are known mainly for the ability to decrease the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. However, they are also effective in treating conditions such as overactive bladder, excessive sweating, lazy eye and even migraines.
Botox injections utilize a toxin that temporarily prevents muscle tissue from moving. The injections accomplish this by blocking specific nerve signals that cause contraction of the muscles. The most common application is to relax facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles to form on the forehead.
If you’d like to learn more about Botox and if you’re a good candidate for Botox injections, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hagarty.
Before a Botox Procedure
Most patients do not experience much discomfort during a Botox procedure. Although, you might want your skin to be numbed first if you’re receiving treatment for excessive sweating. Your surgeon might utilize various applications available to numb the appropriate area such as a topical anesthesia.
During the Botox Procedure
Botox injections usually occur in your surgeon’s office. Your surgeon uses a needle to inject small amounts of Botox into your skin tissue. The amount of injections depends upon a few different factors such as the extent of the treatable area.
Following the Procedure
It’s important to avoid rubbing or massaging the injection site for at least 24 hours. This helps prevent the Botox from spreading into different areas. You’ll be able to return to your daily activities following the procedure.
Results of Botox Injections
Botox injections typically start taking effect within just 24 to 72 hours following the treatment. Depending upon the problem for which you’re receiving the treatment, the results can last up to three months or even longer. To maintain the positive results of Botox, you’ll need to receive regularly scheduled follow-up treatments.