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I had my first experience with Botox about 9 years ago when one of my nurse friends suggested that I try Botox to help with “your constant frown”.  I gave it a try and about 7-10 days later I had the most amazing comments from my then 18 year old daughter.  I did not tell anyone I had a Botox treatment and was actually quite skeptical that I would see any changes.  But as I was talking with my daughter one afternoon, she said, “Wow! Mom what’s new? You are always so happy these days.”  After I picked my chin up off the floor, I looked in the mirror myself and realized that my constant frown was gone and instead I had a nicely lifted eye area and much more relaxed look.

Some of the most common questions from my patients regarding Botox are:

1. What is Botox and is it Safe?

  • Botox Cosmetic is a purified protein prescription medication that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. Botox Cosmetic blocks nerve impulses to the muscles in the forehead reducing their movement, thus decreased activity helps lessen the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines.
  • Botox injections are relatively safe when performed by an experienced practitioner.  As with all medications there are side effects. The most common can include injection site swelling or bruising, headache or flu like symptoms.  All potential side effects should be reviewed with your practitioner during your visit.

2. Will Botox Make me look Frozen or Unnatural?

  • Botox cosmetic blocks nerve impulses to the muscles in the forehead reducing their movement, thus decreased activity helps lessen the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines.  We at LuminaSkin perform individualized consultations to make sure Botox cosmetic is the right treatment for you in order to have a soft, lifted, and natural look.

3.  How Long Will it Last?

  • Generally Botox cosmetic lasts anywhere between 3-6 months on average.  Over time your muscle movement will return as you draw closer to the 3-6 month window

 

My family and friends no longer perceive me as being “mad or angry.” I have been using Botox Cosmetic for approximately 9 years and have never been happier on the inside and outside.  We at LuminaSkin pride ourselves in our expertise in Botox Cosmetic treatments and encourage you to come in for a consultation so that we can develop an individualized treatment program just for your happiness!

 

Sources: Allergan BOTOX Cosmetic, Mayo Clinic.

 

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