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Botox Facial Treatments

Recently botox facial treatments have gained popularity as a safe, non-surgical way to improve facial skin for a more youthful, less tired appearance. Botox is actually a form of botulinum toxin that can be safely used for cosmetic purposes in most people between the ages of 18 and 65. It works by lessening the activity of facial muscles and so will reduce frown lines, forehead creases, crows feet, and thick bands in the neck.

Botox is only available by prescription. A small amount of it (about 1/10 of a teaspoon) is injected into the desired facial area. The effects of the botox treatment last up to 4 months. Treatments can be repeated when the botox wears off. There is no chance of contracting botulism from a safely administered injection, and there is virtually no recovery time required by the procedure.

If you are thinking of having a botox treatment, consider the following:

  • Botox should only be administered by a qualified doctor who is trained in cosmetic surgery. Procedures should take place using sterile techniques and in sterile conditions. Vials of botox and the needles used to inject it should never be shared.
  • Anyone taking botox should be properly informed of the risks. For example, too large a dose can cause the eyelids to droop, and njections in the wrong part of the face can also cause undesirable effects.
  • No anesthetic is needed to inject botox, but those who are nervous or apprehensive may benefit from a mild sedative or numbing agent prior to the injection. Alcohol should be avoided when receiving botox, and the patient should sit upright for several hours after the procedure.

Botox parties, where a number of people receive botox injections at the same time, have become

a popular way of reducing the cost of the treatments, but they are still controversial in some medical circles. Even though it may be a group of your friends, you should still follow the above recommendations and make sure the person administering the injection is a qualified doctor.

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