You have undoubtedly heard of Botox by now; it is often referred to in discussions of anti-aging procedures. Maybe you don’t know just how far-reaching the benefits of Botox can be. In addition to the cosmetic benefits, this prescription is also used to treat a host of medical conditions. Before you schedule your Botox treatment check out the many benefits you can look forward to enjoying.

Botox is not a new treatment; in fact, it has been used in both the medical and cosmetic realms for decades. Some people shy away from the medication when they learn it contains trace amounts of the botulinum toxin. However, the concentration is very weak and when the solution is used properly, it is safe and effective.

Botox injections are relatively painless since they are administered using a very fine needle. A topical anesthetic is almost never needed for this procedure. Injections are quick, taking just a few minutes to perform, and you can return to your regular activities as soon as they are completed. There should not be any telltale side effects to indicate you just had a cosmetic procedure performed.

In some cases, you can see preliminary results of your Botox injections right away. Those improvements will continue to progress in the days following your treatment, and by the end of the first week, they should be completely apparent. You can plan your procedure shortly ahead of a special event and hit the occasion with a more youthful appearance. Cosmetic results of Botox usually last three to four months, while medical results might last even longer.

When used as a cosmetic treatment, Botox reduces the appearance of wrinkles that form when you make certain facial expressions. These lines, known as dynamic wrinkles, are located across the forehead, between the eyebrows and in the outer corners of the eyes. The medication works by relaxing the muscles that lead to the formation of the wrinkles, without inhibiting your ability to make natural facial expressions.

In 2010, the FDA approved Botox for the treatment of chronic migraines, which are migraines that occur 15 or more times each month. When these debilitating headaches do not respond to other forms of treatment, Botox injections in strategic locations of the neck and head can minimize their frequency and severity. Treatment is typically repeated every 12 weeks or so to maintain the positive results.

Botox has also found to be an effective treatment for hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. While this problem is rarely serious from a medical standpoint, it can significantly impact your life personally, professionally and socially. Botox injections affect the sweat glands in the armpits to limit the amount of sweat they can produce. Because the sweat glands in this area only make up a small percentage of the total glands in your body, treatment does not affect your body’s ability to regulate temperature.

Botox offers a myriad of benefits to our patients at Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery, which is why it is one of the most popular non-surgical procedures we perform. To learn more about this versatile treatment, contact Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery today at 201-751-9490.