BOTOX is the patented, FDA-approved form of Botulinum Toxin A, which is used to treat the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the face and neck. The procedure is virtually painless and generally side effect-free. The benefits of a BOTOX procedure include smoother, more wrinkle-free skin and last for up to 4 months. BOTOX works excellently in conjunction with other procedures, such as chemical peels, laser light treatments, and dermal fillers. And, BOTOX is quick and painless enough that you can get it done on your lunch break and return to work immediately.
So how does BOTOX accomplish all of this? What does it actually do? Let’s find out!
The chemical in BOTOX, botulinum toxin A, is a bacteria that affects the human body by effectively blocking the function of certain nerves. These nerves are responsible for muscular movements in the face, such as frowning, squinting, or crinkling the bridge of your nose, that create both deep and fine lines in your face and can even make you look like you’re always frowning, squinting, furrowing, or crinkling. Who wants that?!
By eliminating the action of these nerves and stopping the problematic movements, the skin in your face is allowed to finally heal itself of the unsightly lines. What’s more, after multiple BOTOX injections, the overactive muscles in your face that caused the exaggerated, chronic frown, squint, et cetera, will begin to relax and atrophy (get smaller).
The effect of this atrophying is the disappearance of your chronic frown! Pairing BOTOX with other procedures such as those mentioned earlier can accelerate and enhance this process. Your doctor will work with you to create a personalized schedule to obtain the maximum effect.
BOTOX does its precise muscular work without removing your face’s ability to react naturally, such as raising your eyebrows when something surprising happens. It is an extremely safe and targeted procedure that simply removes the problematic facial expression causing the deep lines.
The effects of BOTOX first appear within three days and are most pronounced after one week. BOTOX allows for the relaxation of the muscles underlying the injection site, and how long this relaxation effect lasts varies from patient to patient. Usually, a pronounced visual effect is maintained for at least three months, sometimes up to four months.
The side effects of BOTOX are minimal and often rare. Some minor bruising or soreness at the injection site is a possibility. Some people experience drooping in an eyelid or eyebrow, which is the result of weakness in musculature that is nearby the injection site. All of these side effects generally pass after one day, but care should be taken to avoid pressing or massaging the area. It is okay to wear makeup after receiving a BOTOX treatment.
To learn more about BOTOX and whether it is the next step in your fight against lines and wrinkles, call us now.