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Botox 101: Everything You Need To Know About Botox

What is Botox?

Also known as Botulinum toxic, Botox is made from bacteria called “Clostridium Botulinum”. It is referred to as a toxin because, when it is administered in large amounts, it acts as a neurotoxin and hinders the reaction of certain nerves. In small doses, it is used to reduce and prevent wrinkles and fine lines on the face by relaxing your muscles. Most popular areas for injecting Botox are between the eyebrows, foreheads, around the eyes, lips, and less common on the nose and masseter muscles. Botox is also used to treat migraines. 

Who can use Botox?

It is advisable that only people in their late twenties and above use Botox, but it does help to prevent wrinkles for people in their early 20’s.. Although Botox has been proven to be a safe treatment, there are certain groups of people who are not advised to use it. This includes people with neurological conditions, myasthenia gravis, and pregnant women. If you don’t have any of these conditions, then you can use Botox.

What is the general cost of Botox in the US?

Botox treatments normally cost between $100 to $1200 dollars, depending on the patient’s needs and the expert. When administered by a nurse, the Botox treatment is often around 9 to 12 dollars per unit. With 20 to 30 units, it cost about $200 to $300 dollars per area. Botox is administered by beauty therapists, doctors, nurses, and dentists. It’s not covered by your health insurance since it’s a cosmetic treatment. There are cheaper alternatives to botox such as dysport and Xeomin. 

How long does Botox last?

After treatment it takes about 5-7 days to see results. On an average, it lasts for about 4 to 6 months, since that is the time required for the body to produce new receptors within a muscle.

What is the procedure like?

The procedure is often performed in a doctor’s office. The administrator uses a needle to inject small doses of botox into your muscles. The number of injections used depends on the extent of the treatment, patient’s age and conditions. Botox injections are not painful, it can be likened to pricking yourself with a small needle very quickly. It’s less painful than micro-blading and fillers. It typically does not cause any swelling or bruising. People with very sensitive skin might experience slight redness around the area. 

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