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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Botox

Perhaps due to the immoble foreheads of one too many reality stars out there, Botox gets somewhat of a bad rap, but for those in the real world who have tried out the treatment, it’s unlikely that you’ll notice they got anything done. “I say this all the timeif they would have named it something other than ‘Botox,’ it would have gotten a better acceptance, and it got a bad twist early on,” says Dr. Stafford Broumand of 740 Park Avenue Plastic Surgery in New York City. “It’s all about moderation, and should be viewed more as maintenance, to look the same, rather than a way to look dramatically different. You don’t drive your car into the ground and get it fixed every 10 yearsyou do regular maintenance to keep it running like new.”

The impacts are more than just aesthetics, especially for those who have excessive sweating and use Botox to deactivate their sweat glands. It seems like people talk about Botox all the time, and whether you’re into the idea or not, even just talking about it draws up negative connotations. Of course, it’s not for everybody, and if you don’t feel the need for it, then you can obviously feel free to pass, but to clear up any misconceptions, we asked Dr. Broumand to give us a crash-course on the treatment, and how to tell if it’s right for you. Read on to get all the info you’ll ever need on Botox, whether you’re considering it (no judgment!) or if you’re the slightest bit curious about the treatment.

What Is Botox, and What Does It Do?

“Botox is a compound made by bacteria, which is a botulism toxin,” Broumand explains. Though the concept sounds scary, when used in very controlled doses, the practice is safe. The compound is injected into a specific area, and once inside, it binds itself to receptors in your muscle, affecting the nerves within. “So as a result, when your nerve releases a chemical to make that particular muscle fire or trigger, it can’t,” he adds. “The function decreases, and the wrinkle that forms when the muscle contracts will diminish, or go away completely. It’s not a static thing, though. Your body regenerates those receptors over time.”

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