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What is Botox?

Botox is the commercial name for Botulism Toxin A, a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum that prevents muscles from contracting.  Although Botox is the most popular neurotoxin due to its time in the market, it is important to know that there are four different injectables on the market: Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau, and all of these use botulinum toxin to smooth out wrinkles and lessen the signs of aging in the same way

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How does Botox work?

Botox, Botulism Toxin A, works by blocking the signal from the nerves to the muscles causing paralysis of the injected muscle which makes the muscle unable to contract and cause wrinkles. Although, Botox doesn’t make wrinkles disappear, it softens the appearance of wrinkles and makes them less visible and slows down the progression of the wrinkles.

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How old do I have to be to use Botox?

Most people believe that Botox is for the old, Botox is approved for patients who are 18 years and older. Truth is the Botox works best as a preventative therapy. When started early, Botox can help prevent the formation of static lines and reduce the visibility and depth of wrinkles and most experts agree that starting in your mid to late 20s and early 30s is good age for preventative Botox treatment.

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What areas can be treated?

The most common treatment areas are:

  • Forehead Wrinkles. ...

  • Crow's Feet. ...

  • Frown Lines. ...

  • Bunny Lines. ...

  • Smoker's Lines. ...

  • Marionette Lines and Mouth Corners. ...

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Is Botox safe?

In the proper hands, Botox is relatively safe and has an excellent safety track record. It has been used in medical applications for more than 50 years and has been thoroughly studied for over 15 years with numerous clinical studies published in clinical journals

If you have questions or concerns about Botox, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cardona to learn more and to determine Botox is right for you. Call Fit Life MD or book an appointment online today.

How Long does Botox Last?

The effects of Botulism Toxin usually take about 1 – 2 days to start working with the full effects taking up to 2 weeks to take hold. It is important to know that these effects are temporary, usually lasting 3-4 months depending on how long a person has been using neurotoxins. The longer a person has been using Botox, the longer the effects last.

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