Reverse the signs of aging in Salt Lake City
Much facial rejuvenation can be achieved without surgery. For patients in Salt Lake City 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, Botox 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 Botox 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 go away immediately. 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 smooth lines around the eyes or crow’s feet, forehead lines, frown lines, and skin bands on the neck. Wrinkles caused by gravity and sun damage don’t respond to Botox.
Who should not get Botox?
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. Dr Dunkley will suggest other options such as fillers if Botox 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 can I expect from my Botox treatment?
A Botox 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 effects can be seen within three to seven days.
How long will the results from my Botox injections last?
The effects 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 lines start to re-appear as muscle movement slowly returns. Consistent 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.
Contact Envision Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule your Botox treatment at (801) 268-2650.