Botox is a well-known injectable treatment to smooth age-related lines and wrinkles, and in 2020, Botox injections became the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the U.S. What many people don’t know is that it also has several medical applications. It can help alleviate pain and discomfort caused by migraines, jaw disorders, involuntary muscle contractions, and hyperhidrosis.
There are many benefits of getting Botox, and Onsite Med Spa in Bel Air offers it and our other services in a location that works for you. Simply call, make an appointment, and our team will be there for you.
What is Botox?
Botox is a protein made from Botulinum toxin, which is produced by bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. While Botox is a toxin, trained medical staff in Bel Air can administer it in controlled doses and in the right spots to safely get its beneficial effects.
How does it work?
As a neurotoxin, Botox affects the nervous system. It disrupts the nerve signals that stimulate your muscles to contract, which causes those muscles to become temporarily paralyzed.
For your muscles to contract, your nerves release a chemical called acetylcholine, which attaches to the receptors on your muscles and tells your muscles to contract. Botox prevents your nerves from releasing acetylcholine, so your muscles don’t contract. With your muscles in a relaxed state, certain cosmetic and medical issues are temporarily resolved. Results usually last anywhere from 3 to 12 months.
The primary application for Botox is to reduce the look of lines and wrinkles due to aging. Botox is often used in certain areas of the face:
- Wrinkles around the eyes, also known as crow’s feet
- Deep horizontal creases in the forehead
- Lines around the corners of the mouth
- Wrinkles between the eyebrows, also known as frown lines
- Dimpled chin, also known as cobblestone chin, orange peel chin, or gold ball chin
- Injected in the massetters, to help create a slimmer facial texture
- Reduce the wrinkles on the neck
Even if you don’t have lines and wrinkles yet, some people use Botox as a preventative measure so you look younger for longer.
Botox is approved to treat a variety of medical conditions:
- Crossed eyes and lazy eye
- Extreme underarm sweating (hyperhidrosos)
- Chronic migraines
- Overactive bladder caused by a neurological condition
- Eyelid spasms
- Cervical dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes neck pain
It’s also used off-label to treat certain medical conditions:
- Temporomandibular joint disorders
- Raynaud’s disease
What to Expect During Treatment
Before getting Botox injections, you’ll have a consultation with your doctor to discuss your medical history, any medications you’re taking, and the risks involved in the procedure. During the procedure, you may be given a topical numbing agent to minimize any discomfort. The Botox will be injected at specific points, which might feel like a small pinch.
You can resume your normal activities after the procedure but you may be asked not to participate in exercise or strenuous activities for the next day. You can expect to see the full results up to 14 days after the procedure.
Who’s a good candidate for Botox?
A good candidate for Botox is at least 18 years old and in relatively good health. You are not a good candidate for Botox if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, have Eaton Lambert Syndrome, are allergic to components of the injection, are taking aminoglycoside antibiotics, or have existing muscle weakness in an area you want Botox injections.
Where to get Botox
You can get Botox anywhere in Bel Air. Onsite Med Spa is a mobile concierge medical spa service that offers treatments anywhere you need them including your home, office, etc. If you’re interested in getting Botox or any of their other services, contact Onsite Med Spa and book an appointment today.