Botox is a very popular cosmetic procedure, with millions of people receiving injections every year. But few people know the history of Botox and the full extent of the conditions it can treat.
In this article, we will provide a brief overview of the history of Botox and then discuss the typical treatment process.
History and Science of Botox
In 1989, Botox came on the scene as a solution to wrinkle reduction. Scientists had found that the substance, which is derived from the botulinum toxin, was able to cause temporary and reversible paralysis in muscles when applied in the proper dosage.
By injecting the substance into muscles that pull the face downward and cause wrinkles, dermatologists were able to relax these muscles and therefore, provide their patients with a more youthful appearance.
Furthermore, Botox has been recommended and used for conditions outside of dermatology. For instance, many people who suffer from neurological conditions and resultant spasticity, can benefit from Botox injections.
Additionally, those who suffer from TMJD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, can experience relief of symptoms through Botox injections.
Another common condition which can benefit from Botox injections is hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a disorder where the patient’s hands, underarms, or other body parts sweat excessively and without cause. This condition is both embarrassing and debilitating, as patients have to constantly adjust their daily lives to account for their sweating tendencies.
Who Can Perform Botox Injections?
At this point, many dermatologists and some other specialists perform Botox injections. However, it is advisable to seek out an experienced dermatologist who has a long history with Botox injections. Seasoned dermatologists know how to get the best possible results with the fewest amount of side effects.
Luckily, even if you do experience side effects from your Botox injections, they are typically very minor. Common side effects include discomfort and bruising at the injection site.
What Can I Expect from My First Botox Appointment?
When you call to make your first Botox appointment, the staff member will gather all of your information and inform you of any pre-treatment recommendations. Each dermatologist will have different preferences and recommendations, so be sure to inquire if they don’t offer the information upfront.
When you arrive at the office, you’ll want to get there a few minutes early to ensure you have ample time to fill out paperwork. Once you’ve completed the necessary documentation, you’ll be taken back to a treatment room.
From here, the dermatology team will explain the procedure and determine the best locations for your Botox treatment. Once you’ve been prepped and all of the necessary pre-treatment steps have been taken, the injections themselves take no more than 15 minutes.
After the treatment, you’ll be instructed to “take it easy” for a few hours. Generally, you can still work or do your normal activities, you’ll just want to avoid any heavy lifting or positions where your head hangs below your waist.
Are you ready to schedule your first Botox treatment? If so, call a skilled dermatologist today!