The choice of the acupuncture points is individually chosen according to your specific symptoms and can vary in location to local (at the site of issue) to distal points on various parts of the body. Acupuncture is essentially painless with some experiencing a slight pinch as the needle is inserted while others feel nothing. When the needles are in place many patients report a deep sense of relaxation which can continue after the session is over. The effects last in varying degrees. Many people ask when will the effects kick in and the answer is it varies, most getting some sort of relief within the first few visits or sooner. The visit is similar to a traditional office visit in that your history and symptoms are taken as well as the evaluation of your tongue and pulse which can reveal more about your case from the Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective.
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How BOTOX® Cosmetic Works
BOTOX® is the brand name for Botulinum toxic A, a therapeutic muscle relaxing agent derived from the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum. Originally approved for the treatment of eye muscle spasms, it was quickly recognized for its cosmetic value.
Physicians have been using BOTOX® for years to correct the visible signs of stress and aging. The medication relaxes the muscles in the face that cause wrinkles that may make you look tired or angry.
The BOTOX® Procedure
The procedure only takes a few minutes and requires no anesthetic or downtime. The doctor will inject the muscles causing the lines and wrinkles with a very fine tipped needle. Ice is applied to the area to be injected both pre and post procedure to minimize both swelling and bruising; the procedure is only mildly uncomfortable and proven very safe and effective.
Results and Risks of BOTOX®
Side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are rare and usually mild and temporary. The most common side effects are redness, mild bruising and headaches. In rare cases, eyelid drooping and asymmetry may occur, but are also temporary and can be corrected. Most patients begin to see their lines smoothing out within 24 hours, however it can take up to 7 days to see the full effects. BOTOX® typically lasts between 3-5 months, with prolonged results after several treatments.
Other side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic include: dry mouth, discomfort or pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, neck pain, and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes.
For more information refer to the Medication Guide or talk with your doctor.