New to Botox®️? Here's What You Need to Know

Botox®️ is currently the top nonsurgical cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. Millions of people are interested in reversing the effects of age and regaining their youthful appearance. Is it something you’ve been considering and want to know more about?

At Dadeland Dermatology Group in Kendall, Florida Dr. David Rodriguez has years of experience administering Botox to patients with excellent results. Here’s what you need to know about this procedure sought by so many people.

What is Botox?

Ready for this? Botox is actually a diluted form of botulinum toxin produced by a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. As a neurotoxin, Botox blocks neurotransmitters, causing muscle paralysis for several months — that’s how it tackles the wrinkling around your eyes and in your forehead.

While it sounds dangerous to inject a neurotoxin into your face with a needle, the procedure is safe — and FDA-approved. The needles are tiny, and you don’t feel more than a pinch during each injection.

You might be concerned about your face becoming frozen in a certain way, but you can rest easy. Some facial movement may seem somewhat restricted, but you can still express yourself in a normal way.

Botox doesn’t completely eradicate all of your wrinkles, but it reduces the wrinkles caused by certain expressions — think crow’s feet and frown lines. Here are some other things you should know about Botox.

Be patient

Botox injections take three to five days for you to notice the full effects, so don’t expect a huge difference when you get home from your appointment — you might feel like you have duct tape on your forehead at first. The treatment should become fully effective within about two weeks.

It’s temporary

Because Botox is only meant to relax your muscles temporarily, it wears off over time. If you want to continue to reduce your wrinkles, you can undergo renewal injections every three to six months.

Have a plan

Once you decide you want Botox, don’t just walk into the first office you see or grab the deal of the day from your favorite coupon site. You want to look like a better, smoother version of yourself, but you don’t want to end up looking plastic-y.

Make sure you do your research and choose a medical professional such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to perform your injections. Ask to see photos of their previous work so you can get an idea of their style, and check their online reviews.

Dr. Rodriguez works together with you to develop a plan you’re comfortable with. You can discuss your goals for the treatment and your budget. When you’re ready for Botox injections with a natural, beautiful result, contact Dr. Rodriguez by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.

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