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Treat Fine Lines and Wrinkles With Botox Injections

Published on October 4, 2014

Many people who are interested in treating fine lines or wrinkles are seeking information on Botox, a popular treatment for many facial imperfections. Botox has been used successfully for decades now and new applications for the medication are discovered on a routine basis.

What are the dermatological uses of Botox?

Currently, Botox has a number of clinical applications. One of the most common is the use of Botox injections to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles, especially in the face and neck. The result is a healthier and younger appearance, which in turn offers increased self-confidence and satisfaction with one’s appearance. Other clinical applications can include the reduction of excessive sweating and the treatment of cervical dystonia and chronic migraine.

Botox injections are a relatively simple and non-invasive procedure.

Essentially Botox is injected into the muscles in the face. The procedure is generally well-tolerated and involve little pain or discomfort in the short- or long-term. Most often, Botox can be administered in a simple office visit by a qualified medical professional, such as a dermatologist.

What is the expected recovery time for Botox injections?

Thanks to its non-invasive nature, the recovery time for Botox treatment is generally short. Many people return to work or other activities the same day or certainly by the next morning. Bruising and swelling are potential side effects, but many clinicians can offer advice regarding how to avoid these reactions to the injections. Bruises will generally lighten and go away within one week. Redness and swelling are short-lived as well. Many patients can expect to experience no downtime following Botox therapy.

Physicians often provide detailed instructions for after care following treatment. These directives are often tailored to the needs of the individual patient. In general, patients are encouraged not to rub, scrub, chaff or poke the area for at least twenty-four hours to reduce likelihood of bruising. Aspirin and other blood-thinning medications should only be used if the doctor indicates it as these can lead to bruising as well. Any discomfort should be dealt with by taking non-NSAID pain relievers. If possible avoid lying down for four to five hours after treatment.