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Society seems addicted to looking and staying youthful. Almost everywhere you look, there are ads and articles suggesting that treatments such as Botox should be done. Botox is a very popular treatment option to help get rid of fine lines and wrinkles on your face. It can smooth out the appearance of your skin and offer you a more youthful appearance. The treatment has its own set of pros and cons like any other procedures.

What Exactly Is Botox?

Botox is a drug that is approved by the FDA to treat a multitude of cosmetic problems. The injections can help issues such as wrinkles or excessive sweating in patients. The way the treatment works is by injecting a type of neurotoxin into your skin that will help to block the signals between your muscles and nerves. This blockage will temporary stop the muscles from being able to contract. The result is the relaxation of your wrinkles for a smoother appearance. These treatments are temporary and would need to be continued for the results to remain.

What Are The Side Effects?

As with any procedure, there are possible side effects to take into consideration. Some of the minor side effects of receiving Botox treatments include redness, swelling and bruising of the treatment area. These will usually subside within a couple days. Some of the more serious complications include neck pain, eye issues such as double vision and blurriness, dry mouth and paralysis. During the treatment, you will most likely feel a pinch when the needle is inserted. You may opt to have a numbing cream or ice applied before the injections to ease any discomfort.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Botox Treatments?

Botox is considered a cosmetic procedure. No one will ever medically require it. Therefore, it is truly a personal decision on whether or not to get the treatments. Botox can be great for anyone looking to tackle wrinkles and fine lines around their eyes, between their eyebrows and on their foreheads. If you are wanting to know if it is the best course of action for you personally, it is best to consult with a dermatologist who is board-certified.

There is a new type of Preventative Botox that is gaining a lot of popularity. It is supposed to be effective at preventing dynamic wrinkles by stopping any underlying muscle movements. This is not the only factor that contributes to wrinkles, though, and all factors need to be addressed.