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Learning About the Effects of Botox

Botox is actually the product of a toxin derived form a strain of bacteria. When used correctly, researchers find it is a safe application, but it should be used carefully because it has the ability to paralyze muscles. But how long does Botox last?

The Use of Botox

While it may sound a bit scary, paralyzing muscles can achieve a number of things for a human. These applications range from therapeutic to cosmetic. Botox can help:

  • Eyelid spasms
  • Shoulder and neck muscle spasms
  • Chronic migraines
  • Excessive sweating
  • Crossed eyes
  • Post-stroke upper limb spasticity
  • Overactive bladder
  • Some urinary incontinence problems
  • Frown lines (between eyebrows)
  • Crow’s feet
  • Hemifacial spasms

This is just a small number of things it is approved for. There are currently a number of studies dedicated to unearthing further applications.

Do You Qualify for Botox?

Botox treatments can be administered without any parental consent once you are 18. If you are underaged, you can still receive treatment, but only with written permission from parents. While there is no law establishing a minimum age use for Botox, there are many doctors who will refuse to perform the procedure on minors.

Typically, those who want to use it for cosmetic treatments fall between the ages of 30 and 60. There are some specific medical problems (including having weakness in the facial muscles or difficulty swallowing) which may make it risky for you to undergo the procedure.

It is important that you talk to your medical physician and discuss potential complications before undergoing the procedure.

The Length of Botox Effects

Botox is in no way permanent. After the initial procedure, the effects of the Botox will wear off gradually.

While there some individual differences, Botox is expected to last anywhere between three and six months. At this point, you will need to book another appointment to maintain the desired appearance. What is good is that the duration of effectiveness is often expected to increase with the frequency of treatments received.

In other words, initial doses typically need to be repeated during earlier treatments. However, as you keep going in for regular procedures, the Botox normally lasts longer and longer. Even with many repeated procedures, the effects will never last forever. The longest duration expected for Botox to work is not much longer than six months.

What to Expect After Receiving Botox

The recovery time for Botox is minimal. Some people experience no pain or side effects at all, but at most, some patients may experience minor bruising. Those who suffer from minor side effects generally receive relief within days of the procedure.

In order to minimize the side effects of Botox, consider the following:

  • Avoid laying on the treated area for at least four hours after the treatment.
  • For the first couple of days following treatment, do not apply extensive force to the treated area (no massages or rubbing).
  • Forgo extensive workouts or stretching for the first day of the treatment.

Normally, you will not need any pain medication. If you are having any problems, it is a good idea to talk with your physician.

The Cost of Botox

It is priced differently among health care providers. Some physicians charge according to the spatial area of the procedure, while others charge you per amount of Botox used. The more Botox used, or the higher the area covered, the more expensive it is.

When they charge you per amount used, they will charge you per “unit.” Typically, one unit is about $20 and an average treatment will use no less than 25 units. This brings the cost of a single treatment to about $500 minimum. A standard procedure normally does not cost more than $800.

A main factor to consider in this price is that Botox is not a one-time procedure. The effects of a single treatment begin to wear off after somewhere between three and six months.

How to Make Botox Last

In order to maintain the desired appearance, you will need to perform the procedure regularly. This means you will have to pay this price several times to maintain your look for a long duration.

It is important that you prioritize quality in your search for treatments. Although it can be tempting to undergo a cheaper treatment, you pay for what you get.

Before you undergo any medical treatment, make sure it is being performed by a licensed physician. This will reduce the chances of suffering from unwanted complications or undergoing less effective treatments. A specialist will always be able to offer photos from previous clients.