If you do not want to undergo surgery to turn back the hands of time on your face, you may want to consider injectable treatments such as the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure, Botox. In just a few minutes every few months, you can relax wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes caused by facial expressions over time. Read on to learn more about Botox and why you should consider this popular treatment.
Botox is safe. FDA-approved for the treatment of facial wrinkles on the upper third of the face, Botox is a protein made from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Also called a neurotoxin, this protein is cultured and purified for medical and cosmetic use. In small doses, Botox can help reverse the signs of aging.
Botox treats dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles form when the muscle under the skin contracts. These wrinkles form from repeated facial expressions such as smiling, laughing, squinting or frowning. Botox blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscles, inhibiting muscle contraction. Static wrinkles are wrinkles such as smile lines, lip lines and marionette lines that are present all the time and don’t respond to Botox. They are best treated by dermal fillers.
Botox is best for lines and wrinkles on the upper third of the face. This includes the lines around the eyes known as crow’s feet, forehead lines and frown lines between the eyebrows. It’s even effective on skin bands on the neck.
Botox treatment is quick and virtually pain-free. Known as a “lunchtime procedure,” Botox treatment only takes about 15-20 minutes with no anesthesia. Patients report minimal discomfort during treatment as the needle used to inject Botox is so fine. There is no downtime.
The results last up to 6 months. Botox results aren’t immediate but will last for several months, and it will take about 3-7 days to see the full effects of treatment. After a few months, wrinkles and facial lines will start to re-appear as muscle movement gradually returns. To maintain results, you’ll need regular treatments.
To learn more about Botox and other ways to achieve a more youthful appearance without having to go under the knife, call (801) 203-4341 and set up a consultation.