Nov 8, 2016 Yahoo

14 Things You Should Know About Botox

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Botox is big. According to ASAPS, botulinum toxin (that includes Botox Cosmetic, Dysport and Xeomin) has been the number one nonsurgical procedure since 2000, and surpassed the 4-million mark for number of procedures performed last year. That’s a lot of Botox being done, but, chances are, whether you’re a beginner, seasoned pro or just a spectator, you probably have some pressing questions about it. So we posed it to the pros: Which ones are you asked the most? Is it really safe?

Is it really safe? After all, it is a poison…

Scottsdale, AZ, facial plastic surgeon Kelly Bomer, MD, says this is one big hurdle for some patients. “Occasionally, you have people who are committed to that concept. I explain to them that it’s a medication that has been FDA-approved since 2002 and it was used before that. It’s one of the safest cosmetic medications out there and that’s a pretty strong statement for any medication. It’s a VERY safe drug.”

Will it be in my body forever?

There’s a lot of biology and science behind it, but basically, Botox has a specific reaction with your neurotransmitters, which blocks the signal from the nerves to the muscle and causes that “relaxation.” But it’s not permanent, and it actually ends up being released and completely eliminated from the body. “Look at it like ‘creating a situation’ for a bit,” Dr. Bomer says. “The neurotransmitter recovers, and there’s never been an instance of Botox not wearing off. It doesn’t ‘hang out’ in your system; it is out in three weeks.”

Will insurance cover it?

Most likely not. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), although it varies by plan, when Botox is being used for anti-aging benefits, insurance won’t cover it, but something like excessive sweating could potentially be—at least partially.

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