Spring into action. Fight wrinkles with Botox!

Spring into action. Fight wrinkles with Botox!

Whether you hear the word Botox and wince, or you have been getting it for years and consider yourself a Botox pro, its important to be informed about the truth behind Botox. The stigma that has surrounded Botox for years comes from many things including celebrity accounts, social media, or just pure lack of education about what it really is. Its often confused with a poorly done face lift, or other surgical procedures done to the face that we often look at and think, “Oh, that is Botox gone wrong.” The truth is that Botox isn’t surgical, and in fact, it has been used on men and women for medical treatments for over 28 years and cosmetically now for 15 years.
 So what is Botox exactly?
 
Well to be clear, it is in fact, a toxin. Doesn’t sound so reassuring, but it is actually a purified protein called botulinum toxin. Botox temporarily relaxes muscle areas by blocking nerve impulses that trigger contractions, which has the effect of softening wrinkles and changing the expression. It is used in low doses through injections to cause local targeted muscle paralysis to reduce wrinkles temporarily. The treatment lasts for 3 to 4 months. Both men and women tend to start with Botox treatments in their 20’s, however, there is no such thing as too early for an adult. The earlier you start, the less chance you have of facial expressions making irreversible etches in your skin, and the longer you can maintain a youthful and vibrant look.
 
The Results:

The results are not immediate, they appear gradually to a maximum result after 3 weeks. After about 2 weeks, squinting will become less frequent, consequently, as you squint less, the creases fade. With full treatment, the eyebrows can slightly lift, making the eyes appear more open and the brow more arched. Crows feet soften and slowly disappear, yet everything seems very natural. In fact, most patients claim unless they reveal their secret, people around them don’t seem to notice . The results are not final because the injected muscles recover. It is recommended to return approximately every 3-6 months depending on the reappearance of wrinkles.

What are my risks?

Let’s say you try Botox and then decide to stop, what will happen? Several rumors suggest that once you have used Botox, you will have to do injections for the rest of your life and that if you stop, your face will look wrinkled and your features will sag worse than they had before. Well I have good news! This is not true at all. If you stop, your face comes back as before, and facial muscles regain their normal strength. However, the fact of not doing some movements with your face for a certain period of time will result in less pronounced wrinkles over time, than would have been under normal circumstances. You’ve probably seen stars who don’t look so natural and you say: “You can see that she has had Botox done.” In fact, it is probably more than Botox in these cases, such as several cosmetic surgeries, but what is important for Botox, is dosage. Patients usually want a natural result. The reality is that it is not your forehead creases that show your emotions or expressions, it is your voice, your eyes, your smile etc. In addition, Botox applies only to the upper part of the face. Botox side effects are very rare and always reversible, and nothing is final if you don’t like the result.

Overall, Botox can have some very amazing results for someone who is looking for youthful and more radiant looking skin. In the end, it helps prevent future wrinkles, smooths the appearance of current wrinkles, and has the ability to lift the brow and open the eyes. The ideal result can be communicated to your injector and combined with his or her recommendation. It is important for you to create a trusting relationship with the injector, and to have a full consultation to ensure you understand the treatment and how it may work for you, and to see if other treatments can be combined or offered as an alternative.
If you would like to learn more about Botox, or are interested in setting up a Free Consultation,
Please call Florida Aesthetics & Wellness today at
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Men can get rid of wrinkles too!

Men can get rid of wrinkles too!

 

The ever-popular Botox used to treat wrinkles, frown lines, and various medical conditions is now attracting more diverse groups of people.  Whereas its been known to target middle-aged and older women, it is now focusing more on men, and even those younger folks who have only just begun to develop wrinkles.  More and more men are turning to Botox to treat their visible signs of aging.  Why?

  1. Its easy
  2. No visible signs of treatment
  3. Works effectively
  4. Can be done quickly

Regardless of how busy you are with work, Botox treatment is something you can fit into your schedule.  And it works almost automatically!  The injection, which contains botulinum toxin A, a compound that paralyzes muscles that move, effectively preventing your face from showing wrinkles when you smile, frown, or show surprise.  Within 24-72 hours of treatment, you will notice a change in visible wrinkles, and the effect lasts for some time. Results may vary for each person, depending on the severity of wrinkles and the strength of muscles treated.

Botox injections for wrinkles have complete FDA approval since 2002, and have been used successfully on countless patients across the world.  Side effects depend on the individual, and may include headaches, swelling, and redness around the site of injection.  Choosing someone skilled in the process helps to ensure that the treatment is done correctly and with no problems.  Our aestheticians are properly trained in Botox injections, and can perform your treatment effectively and in a short amount of time.  If youre interested in learning more about Botox injections for yourself or male friends or relatives, talk to our consultants at Florida Aesthetics today!

Can Botox Relieve Depression?

Can Botox Relieve Depression?

Some time ago, researchers suggested that exposure to sunlight could help treat a certain type of depression.  At the time, it was considered absurd.  Today, that depression is known as seasonal affective disorder and is treated with sunlight.      Now, researchers believe that Botox injections, which treat wrinkles and frowns quite effectively, can actually relieve depression.  Yes, you read that right.  The same injection that gives a youthful appearance is now suggested as a treatment for depression.  Three studies, done by different researchers, found that patients experienced a decrease in depression symptoms after one injection of Botox.  In the latest study, by Finzi and Rosenthal, seventeen of thirty three reported improvement in depression, and some found their depression disappeared.  Though the studies are small, they do provide some evidence that Botox may indeed be useful in treating depression.

More studies are needed, but researchers believe that they will find more proof of the link between Botox and depression.  Botox injections, which do not enter the bloodstream and have no side effects, may serve as a good alternative to anti-depressants, which sometimes have major side effects.

In the meanwhile, Botox remains a wonderful and effective way to treat wrinkles and lines!  Call Florida Aesthetics to talk to one of licensed medical staff to answer any questions you may have. Results may vary for each person, depending on the severity of wrinkles and the strength of muscles treated.

Cited Study:
Finzi, E., & Rosenthal, N. E. (2014). Treatment of depression with onabotulinumtoxinA: A randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial. Journal of Psychiatric Research,52, 1-6.

What’s The Difference Between Botox And Fillers?

So youve realized that your facial wrinkles are starting to show and that your frown lines are deepening.  Youre not alone! At some point in our lives, we all start to notice it.  Lines and wrinkles are a part of aging, but they dont have to be permanent.  Various treatments exist for this aspect of aging, and their use depends on individual cases.  Two types that are offered at Florida Aesthetics and that are FDA-approved are fillers and Botox injections.  Whats the difference?

Botox is an injection that is made from botulin, which works to paralyze the muscles surrounding the lines/wrinkles being treated.  This in turn relaxes the muscles and reduces the appearance of lines or wrinkles.  It is a minimally-invasive procedure that is very effective and efficient.  Botox injections are repeated periodically to maintain the effect.

Fillers are also injections that reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.  However, unlike Botox, they are composed of calcium hydroxylapitite.  This material works to add volume to the area being treated, thus reducing/eliminating wrinkles and lines.  Results last for up to fifteen months, depending on the area being treated and its severity.  Juvederm fillers, like Botox, are also minimally-invasive and highly effective.

Whats the difference?  Using Botox or Juvederm fillers for best results depends on the individual.  Each person is unique.  Juvederm fillers may work best for one person while Botox works best for another.  Determining the best fit for treatment requires a consultation with a licensed aesthetician.  If youre interested in learning about what works best for your anti-aging treatments, talk to one of our licensed medical practitioners at Florida Aesthetics today!

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