In the age of selfies, everyone wants to put their best face forward. Social media is a 24/7 visual party — YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and more. In a visual society, there’s no longer a stigma associated with looking your best in those videos and photos.
Botox®, once used mainly by women over 45 to smooth out crow’s feet and frown lines, is gaining in popularity among all sectors of the population — men and millennials included. Millennials look at the effects of Botox and want to prevent those lines from appearing in the first place.
Botox is the No. 1 treatment of its kind to remove wrinkles. Over 95 countries have approved it for use, and since 2002, 13 million vials have been sold in the United States alone. It’s the subject of almost 500 peer-reviewed articles in medical journals.
If you’re seeking Botox treatment, why should you care who administers it? Following are several good reasons, courtesy of John R. Fleming, Jr., MD, FAAFP at Palmetto Aesthetics and Wellness in Sumter, South Carolina.
Botox is a medical procedure
Even though it’s for cosmetic purposes, Botox is a medical procedure. It should only be performed under the supervision of a physician or by a physician.
Administering Botox requires specialized training
Dr. Fleming has received classroom instruction and hands-on training in Botox treatment. We’re certified and licensed to perform the procedure.
We understand what we’re injecting, exactly where to inject it, its benefits, side effects, and risks. If you have a rare reaction from the treatment, we know what to do to ease that reaction.
Injecting Botox requires knowledge of the face
Physicians and other medical professionals spend years studying anatomy and physiology. They understand facial structure. Botox is injected into specific muscles on your face, including near your eyes and brows. If Botox reaches areas other than those specific muscles, it can cause any of the following problems:
Difficulty opening your mouth
In rare instances, it can cause difficulty breathing or swallowing or muscle weakness in your body. Who administers your Botox does matter, and Dr.Fleming, has extensive experience administering Botox with great results.
Ask to see results
Dr. Fleming can show you before-and-after photos of the facial areas of patients treated with Botox. Be wary of any practice that doesn’t show photos of successful results or refuses to coordinate contact information for satisfied patients.
Stay away from mall kiosks or spas offering Botox
You may see spas advertising Botox treatments. Unless there is a bona fide medical professional in the facility, move on. Yes, Botox is a cosmetic treatment, but at the same time, it’s a medical treatment and should be performed under a physician’s supervision.
Botox is not recommended for everyone
Botox isn’t safe for everyone. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should put Botox on hold. If you’re taking certain medications, have a neuromuscular disease, or are allergic to the ingredients in Botox, you’re not a good candidate.
At Palmetto Aesthetics and Wellness, we review your complete medical history and all medications you take to determine if Botox is a good option for you. Don’t rely on an aesthetician who has taken a one-day course in Botox administration and who may not take into account specific medical conditions that could affect treatment.
If you’re looking into Botox, call the office at Palmetto Aesthetics and Wellness or book an appointment online. Our experienced health professionals provide the necessary expertise in administering Botox safely for wonderful results.