Botox injections have quickly become the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment for deep-set frown lines, crow’s feet, furrowed brows, and other signs of aging. The low-cost, convenient, long-lasting results have led over 4 million Americans to choose Botox treatments each year.
What is Botox?
The active ingredient in Botox is a sterile form of botulinum toxin. It is injected under the skin to deaden the nerve endings that cause some wrinkles. The toxin inhibits the release of acetylcholine – the chemical that causes facial muscles to contract. Once those muscles are “paralyzed” by Botox, they relax the skin so wrinkles seem to disappear.
Botox injections are FDA-approved and very safe. The toxin itself is extracted from live bacteria, but since no live bacteria are injected into the skin, there is no chance of contracting botulism.
Botox is not the best treatment for some types of wrinkles. Sun-damaged skin and other wrinkles not caused by neuromuscular contraction may be better treated with other procedures.
How Much Botox Will I Need?
The number of injections you need depends on the size of the area being treated. Crow’s feet may only take two to five injections, while a furrowed brow (glabellar lines) could take eight to ten. Treatment sessions typically take only ten to fifteen minutes.
There is no down time after a Botox treatment. You can resume normal activities as soon as you leave our office. You should not rub or massage the treated area, as this could cause the injected material to spread to other areas. Complete results are seen after a few days, and last up to six months. Re-injections will be necessary to maintain your new fresh appearance. Cosmetic Botox injections should be given no more than once every three months.
Like all medical treatment, Botox does have potential side effects. Some of these may include pain, redness, bruising, headache, nausea, and ptosis (drooping of upper eyelid). All of these side effects will pass in time.
If you think you may be a good candidate for Botox injections, or have further questions about the procedure, please contact us today to arrange a consultation.