Botox is a treatment that utilizes the botulinum toxin, which is the same toxin that causes botulism. However, for the purpose of Botox treatment, this toxin is carefully controlled to safely treat cosmetic issues, such as wrinkles. Botox may also be used to prevent migraines, which are severe headaches that significantly impair the patient's ability to function.
Botox reduces the appearance of wrinkles and folds in the skin by relaxing the muscles that cause these problems. Dr. Sedaghat typically prescribes Botox to treat the wrinkles that develop near the mouth, on the brow line, and along the forehead. However, Botox may be effective in treating other types of wrinkles as well. It is a less invasive alternative to other types of procedures that may be used to improve wrinkles, including facelifts.
Dr. Sedaghat performs Botox treatment on an outpatient basis. The treatment takes only a few minutes to complete. Following the procedure, patients may experience bruising and swelling. Results of Botox typically appear after a few days after these initial side effects disappear.
The cosmetic results of Botox can last for up to 6 months. When facial wrinkles begin to reappear, patients may decide to have repeat injections.
Dr. Sedaghat uses Botox to block some of the nerves responsible for migraine headaches. During this procedure, the doctor injects Botox into several locations in the head and neck in order to reduce future migraine symptoms.
Treatment with Botox can cause side effects, such as neck pain and difficulty swallowing. For this reason, doctors use Botox to treat migraines only in cases where the patient is experiencing migraines frequently. In general, Botox may be recommended if the patient reports experiencing migraine symptoms for 14 days or more each month.
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