Frown lines, laugh lines, forehead wrinkles – these can all be treated with Botox.
Botox is an excellent non-surgical cosmetic treatment that can provide very satisfying results. It is safest and most effective when applied by a trained physician.
How does Botox work?
Botox (Botulinum type A) is an anti-aging treatment to block the nerve impulses that form wrinkles due to the over-used facial muscles.
Repetitive or habitual movements of the tiny facial muscles used in frowning, pursing lips, smiling or squinting, create expression lines on the face. Over time these muscles, operating automatically below your conscious control, develop habit patterns that result in unattractive furrows, creases and wrinkles. Diminishing the actions of these muscles with Botox can reduce or eliminate the unwanted surface effects and restore a more attractive, happier and rejuvenated appearance.
Is Botox safe?
Botox has a better safety record than aspirin. The first use for Botox on patients was over 30 years ago, for children with strabismus or “crossed eyes”. Since then, it has been used medically for treatment of nerve disorders, in children with certain medical disorders, muscular spasms, and even migraines, using much higher doses than those used for cosmetic purposes.
Some side-effects have been noted such as a mild headache following treatment and mild flu-like symptoms – but these are extremely rare.
The Botox procedure is safe for most people. Ask your physician today if Botox is safe and right for you.
How long does it last?
This varies from person to person, but most patients find that Botox lasts approximately 2-4 months. Some patients only require Botox injections once or twice per year.
What results can I expect?
There are two main types of wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are a result of the contraction of muscles that are attached to the overlying skin. These wrinkles most often occur between the eyebrows, on the forehead, and on the cheeks near the outer corners of the eyes. Static wrinkles are due to lack of elasticity of the skin caused from sun damage, smoking, genetics, poor nutrition, or from prolonged dynamic wrinkling. Static facial wrinkles are visible regardless of muscle contraction.
Botox is used for dynamic wrinkles. It can produce a less tired or angry look to your face; dynamic lines and wrinkles smoothed away, and a relaxed, more youthful appearance can be achieved.
Botox is often combined with other cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers and laser skin resurfacing to achieve the optimal results. You can discuss these possibilities with our physicians and they will provide the best treatment plan for you
How long before I can see results?
Botox results can often be seen after several days, but the full effect is generally noticed after one week. Women usually see the results sooner than men. Results for a man with thicker skin and stronger muscles may take up to 10 days.
There is no limit to the number of times that you can have Botox, but to ensure the best results seek out a trained medical professional who has a thorough understanding of facial anatomy, the muscles involved, and how they function, especially around the eyes.