Botox What is It?

July 16th, 2016 by Dr. Farokh Zhand

If you are considering Botox injections, you may want to know more about Botox.

Botox is actually constructed of a toxin. This toxin is made by something called Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium. Bacterium are small, single-celled microorganisms. The bacterium exists in groups of millions and a portion as small as a gram of dirt may actually hold 40 million cells of bacteria. Botox was actually discovered in the 1820s when a scientist was studying food poisoning and in todays modern world Botox has many amazing uses.


The Procedure Described

Millions of patients receive Botox yearly. You will receive the necessary injections in the needed area. These injections will work to paralyze area muscles or designated nerves. The results of your Botox injections can last anywhere from three months to a full year.

The cost will depend on how many injections you need. The injections are given in units, and they can vary in price from $9.00 to over $20.00 per unit. An example of units needed would be 2 to 10 for treating crow’s feet around the eye area. Traditionally, men require more units that women for the exact same procedure correction. Some doctors do charge by area, and not by unit quantities. Make sure to ask how you will be charged for the injections of Botox.

Botox has many varied uses. The uses can be related to patient health issues or to patient cosmetic needs. Doctors inject the doses for a number of reasons. After the injection, you should remain in an upright position for at least 2-4 hours. This upright position discourages Botox migration to un-wanted or un-needed areas.


Possible Side Effects

There may be some temporary side effects from receiving Botox injections. Not everyone has them and we can discuss them with you. Some of those temporary effects may be bruising or pain at the injection site, possible swelling at the site, and symptoms similar to a bad cold or the flu.

Studies have shown that if you cease taking ibuprofen and fish oils two weeks prior to the injection, you will have less swelling and less bruising. The flu-like symptoms may be an upset stomach, headaches, or a slight fever. Additionally, your facial Botox injections may cause temporary droopy eyelids. A quick injection in a nearby area can cure the droopy eye problem. Women who are breastfeeding or pregnant should not get Botox injections.


Reasons for Botox

Some of the many reasons for getting Botox injections could be:

  • Bladder control remedy
  • Migraine headache relief
  • Temporary (anywhere from three months to a year) smoothing of wrinkles on your face such as around your eyes or mouth area
  • Help with misaligned eyes (Strabismus)
  • Relief for pain for a condition called Cervical dystonia (shoulder and neck muscle contractions)
  • Profuse sweating under your arms
  • Uncontrollable blinking of the eyes (Blepharospasms)
  • Depression treatment
  • Chronic pain issues

Do you want to book an appointment to see about Botox injections? Our consultation sessions can answer all of your questions concerning Botox injection. We can explain the criteria for the injections, the cost, side effects, and the procedure format. We offer some of the best Botox injections in the country. If you want to get an appointment as quickly as possible, then you should get in touch with us now!


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