Botox injections are the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure used to reduce or eliminate the appearance of facial wrinkles through minimally invasive injections. These injections are made from botulinum toxin A, a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent approved by the FDA for several different uses. When injected into the skin, it can block the nerve muscles that are responsible for the repetitive actions that cause fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing them away for a younger and more refreshed appearance.
What can Botox be used for?
Botox has a myriad of uses that fall into the categories of both medical and cosmetic. The service’s medical uses include the soothing of migraines, and the correction of bladder dysfunction and esophageal sphincter dysfunction. Its cosmetic uses include the chemodenervation of facial expression muscles to prevent facial wrinkles and the relaxation of wrinkles in the neck. When you chemically denervate a muscle, the action of said muscle is impeded. Being that it is the action of the muscle that causes wrinkles, its deactivation will prevent them. In short, if you do Botox or any chemical denervating agent 3 times per year, your face and neck will keep looking the same age as when you started. If you start at 36 years of age, you will look 36 forever.
Are Botox injections safe?
Botox has been used effectively and safely for over 3 decades. In the beginning, Botox was used to treat spastic paralysis of the face. The cosmetic use of Botox was discovered soon after doctors noticed that the area into which it had been injected did not show wrinkles. In the years since, we have used Botox for the treatment of frown lines, elevens, crow’s feet, forehead lines, marionette lines, and neck lines.
Can Botox help with migraines?
Among the most popular uses of medical Botox is the treatment of migraine headaches. However, is not a panacea. It is not 100% effective, and it is not for everyone. Since it is for medical use, it is administered by your neurologist.
How long do the results of Botox last?
Depending on the number of units injected during your procedure, the results should last between 3 and 4 months. If you perform Botox every 4 months for 2 years, your need for Botox treatments will be reduced to twice a year.
Can you combine Botox with other procedures?
It is very popular to combine Botox with fillers and laser procedures. That being said, you should receive Botox first, wait to see its results, and add other procedures to your treatment plan as needed. Being that multiple procedures tend to work positively with each other, their results will be seen as exponential rather than additive.
What can I expect receiving botox treatment for my first time?
Depending on which muscles are injected with Botox, you can expect to see the relaxation of the wrinkles on the glabella, crow’s feet, marionette lines, perioral region, and neck. It will take 5 days to see the effect, and the effect will be addictive.