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Botox® : Frequently Asked Questions

botoxEver since Botox® was approved by the FDA in 2002 as a cosmetic dermatology anti-aging treatment, it has continued to dominate globally as the treatment of choice for millions of people. However, many new patients are still unaware about various aspects of Botox® treatment.

Dr. Steven Zimmet, an experienced dermatologist in Austin, TX, explains the pros and cons of Botox® to his patients during the initial consultation. Here is a set of FAQ that should address some of the common concerns that new patients may have about skin care with Botox® .

What is Botox® treatment?

Botox® is an injectable treatment made from botulinum toxin that is designed to reduce moderate to severe wrinkles and fine lines on the forehead, around the eyes and a few other facial areas. Among various non-surgical anti-aging treatments, Botox® is considered to be the most popular for people in the age group of 18 to 65.

How does Botox® work?

Botulinum toxin is one of the most powerful biological agents known to man. This toxin is a part of the Botox® prescription medication that is injected in controlled quantities directly into the shrunken muscle that is causing a wrinkle on the face. The toxin immediately blocks the communication between the nerve and the muscle, which causes the muscle to relax. As soon as the muscle is relaxed, the wrinkle becomes lighter or fades away completely.

What type of wrinkles can be treated with Botox® ?

Botox® dermatology treatment was originally approved by the FDA for the treatment of frown lines between the brows. In 2013, the FDA also approved Botox® for the cosmetic treatment of crow’s feet, which are fine lines around the eyes. Botox® providers have also been using Botox® with safe and predictable results for moderate to severe wrinkles on various other parts of the face.

Who is a marvelous candidate for Botox® ?

Any adult who is bothered by the signs of aging on the face, but is keen to avoid plastic surgery, may consider Botox® treatment. An experienced dermatologist such as Dr. Zimmet will examine various aspects before deciding whether a patient is a suitable candidate for Botox® . Patients in Austin, TX and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive Botox® and other treatments at Dr. Zimmet’s practice.

What is the downtime involved in this treatment?

Botox® skin care treatment does not involve any downtime. Patients are usually ready to resume their regular daily activities immediately after the treatment. Working people may even receive a Botox® treatment during lunch hour, and go back to work after the treatment session.

How soon will the results become apparent?

A significant improvement in the appearance of the skin can be seen almost immediately after a Botox® treatment. The condition of the skin will continue to improve for up to a month. The results with Botox® can last for anywhere from three to six months in most cases.

How painful is Botox® treatment?

Botox® treatment involves only brief and minimal discomfort for most patients. The Botox® provider may numb the local area with an anesthetic cream. The entire procedure can be completed in about 15 minutes.


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