Thanks to advances in modern science and medicine, men and women alike can now once again look young. By seeking out the best Botox Orange County, CA clinics, you too can regain your youthful look without having to have surgery.

Understanding Botox

Firstly, you need to know what Botox is. Simply put, it is a chemical derived from clostridium botulinum, a highly toxic substance. It has been filtered, purified, and diluted into Botox, however, which means it is safe to use – if done properly. The FDA approved Botox initially for specific medical conditions, but it was then found that it also helped in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

How Does it Work?

Botox stops facial muscles from contracting. A specialist will ensure it is the very facial muscles that cause the wrinkles that are relaxed so that the wrinkles no longer show up. Some people now even use Botox preventatively, having injections before they even start to develop wrinkles, in the hopes that they don’t show up at all. So far, this has seemed reasonably successful.

How Is it Administered?

Botox is administered through injections into the facial muscles. A very fine needle is used, which is virtually painless. Hence, anesthetic is not required for the procedure. Some results are visible straight away, but the full effect can be seen around a week after the treatment.

Is it Permanent?

Unfortunately not. Botox generally lasts between four and six months, after which the treatment has to be repeated. However, once the lines do reappear, they tend to be a lot softer. Hence, it is possible to repeat the treatment with ever-increasing intervals.

What about Side Effects?

Generally speaking, there are no dangerous side effects associated with Botox. That being said, it is a highly toxic product that must be administered properly. Most people have heard of the horror stories of people having a frozen face, or a drooping face, but this is generally only if they have attended Botox parties, or found an unscrupulous physician happy to administer more Botox than is safe.

There are a few common side effects associated with Botox as well, namely bruising and redness around the injection points. However, those usually last for no more than a few hours. You can also help minimize the chance of side effects occurring by properly following the instructions of your physician. This may include, for instance, not lying down for a few hours after the procedure, and not taking part in strenuous activities for around 24 hours.

At the same time, the so-called “horror stories” should not be dismissed. Some research is being done into the psychological effect of botched Botox treatments, of which there are many. It is suggested that people are more likely to suffer from depression in those cases, due to the fact that they can no longer make proper facial expressions. This, again, demonstrates just how important it is to find a registered clinician.