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Is Botox Cosmetic Right for You?

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Unless you have been living under a rock in the Arizona desert, you know that Botox cosmetic is used by millions of women and men.  This cosmetic has become a staple in the cosmetic bag of tricks to reverse the hands of time, especially when those hands leave lines on your forehead or brow. If you are noticing lines and wrinkles forming on your face, you may be wondering if Botox is right for you. Here are a few facts to help you decide.


What Exactly Is Botox?

The cosmetic injection Botox is created from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum called botulinum toxin. This injectable cosmetic uses the botulinum toxin type A, one of the subsets of this bacteria. Although this bacterium is also the same that can cause botulism, it is safe in small doses and has been approved by the FDA for treating over twenty medical conditions. Specifically, this includes reducing the appearance on lines and wrinkles on the face.


Botox works by disrupting the signals from the nerve cells to the muscles where it is injected. This stops the contraction of the muscles that cause lines in the forehead, brow or around the eyes. This injectable cosmetic is most commonly used to diminish the “frown lines” between the brows. Crow’s feet can be diminished, and forehead lines can be softened for a more youthful appearance.


What Results Can I Expect from Botox?

If you have lines forming in the corners of your eyes or on your forehead, Botox can give you an almost immediate softening of wrinkles in these areas. The injection is placed directly into the areas you want to treat, with no downtime after the procedure. The effects can take up to five days to completely emerge, but most people see results within 24 hours.  You can have results that can last for up to six months before another set of injections is needed.


Botox can soften the lines on your face, making you look years younger. Also, there are minimal side effects; some people have a slight amount of redness or tenderness at the injection site. Many consider it a safe, effective option that gives them a younger appearance without the need for invasive cosmetic surgery.


Would you like to learn more about Botox or other injectable cosmetics to enhance your appearance? Call to make an appointment for a consultation at Arcadia Wellness Center. We offer Botox, as well as Juvéderm™, Kybella and ViPeel to help our patients in the Phoenix area achieve a younger, healthier looking appearance.