Reverse the signs of aging in Salt Lake City, Utah
Are the facial lines staring back at you when you look in the mirror? Tired of seeing aging skin, but don’t want to undergo surgery? Don’t worry! Facial rejuvenation can be achieved without surgery with Botox. For patients in Salt Lake City, Utah who want to turn back the clock without going through a surgical procedure, we recommend Botox injections at Envision Cosmetic Surgery.
What is Botox?
Botox is a protein made from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. This protein is called a neurotoxin. When the protein is cultured and purified, it has many medical uses. When given in small doses by qualified injectors, cosmetic Botox treatment can help reverse the signs of aging on the face Botox is actually a brand name. Other companies make neurotoxins as well. Two other neurotoxins are Dysport and Xeomin.
How does a Botox treatment work?
Botox inhibits muscle contraction by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. Muscle contractions bunch the skin causing wrinkles. When the muscle does not contract, over time the skin relaxes and softens. It will not make your wrinkles and lines go away immediately. The skin has memory and thus, even though the muscles which create the wrinkles are no longer moving, the wrinkles persist. Over time the skin’s memory decreases and wrinkles fade.
Botox is commonly used to cosmetically smooth facial lines, including:
- lines around the eyes or crow’s feet
- forehead lines
- frown lines
- skin bands on the neck
Wrinkles caused by gravity and sun damage don’t respond to Botox.
Who should not get Botox treatment?
Pregnant and breastfeeding women and people with certain neurological diseases should not get Botox. Newer information on aging finds many changes in the face come from a loss of supportive fat. Utah cosmetic surgeon Dr. Dunkley will suggest other options such as fillers if Botox treatment won’t be beneficial.
How do I prepare for my Botox appointment?
Getting Botox injections require little preparation. To minimize the risk of bruising, stop taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or motrin and aspirin one week before your Botox appointment.
What results can I expect from my Botox treatment?
A Botox facial rejuvination session only takes a few minutes and requires no anesthesia. Dr. Dunkley personally performs all treatments. Botox is injected into specific muscles using a fine needle. Patients report minimal discomfort during the injections. The number of injections needed depends on the patient’s facial features and the severity of the wrinkles. The full cosmetic effects can be seen within three to seven days.
How long will the results from my Botox injections last?
The results of your Botox treatment will last between three to six months. However, everybody overcomes the effects at a different rate. In addition, every facility injects varying amounts of Botox which affects how long it lasts as well. Wrinkles and facial lines start to re-appear as muscle movement slowly returns. Consistent cosmetic treatments reverse signs of aging, maintaining a much more youthful look.
What are the side effects of Botox?
Temporary bruising is possible after injections. Headaches may also occur but are uncommon and normally resolve in one to two hours. Rarely patients experience eyelid drooping, which typically goes away in three weeks. Some minor asymmetries are possible. Slight differences are easy to resolve with a minor additional injection.
What is a Botox unit?
A unit is simply a standardized amount designed to be readily reproducible. Every area treated takes a certain number of units to effectively stop or decrease the muscle movement. Usually, around 6 units are used on each side to treat the eyes and about 20 units are used to treat the forehead.