It’s the most popular cosmetic treatment in the United States, but Botox continues to inspire fear and confusion in certain cautious corners. (And, OK, millions of dollars’ worth of admiration.) But is it right for you? That depends on your taste, pocketbook, and tolerance for needles. We explain all in 2 minutes.
Cosmetic botulinum toxin therapy, aka neurotoxin injectables, work to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by paralyzing the muscles underneath. Botox is an injectable neuromodulator that works to relax nerve-muscle imbalance, simply put, it blocks the nerve signals that make you wrinkle parts of your face and forehead. Specifically, Botox blocks the release of the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine telling the muscle to contract thereby producing wrinkles (rytids). Basically, wherever Botox is injected it temporally paralyzes the muscles underneath the skin.
In addition to relaxing frown lines in between the eyebrows, Botox can also lift the corners of the mouth and eyebrows that sag with age, smooth out the “pincushion” look in some chins, soften smoker’s lines around the mouth, and soften vertical neck cords.
Botox is not designed to remove facial expressions. In fact when done correctly the client should have 20% movement retained, The FDA approved dosing reduces and controls wrinkles by 80%. When it is used correctly, it can lift the brow to give an appealing and sincere look.
Like most injections, Botox can be slightly painful, however we offer topical anesthesia (aka numbing cream) 10 minutes before the procedure or ice the area to numb it when requested. In addition, we use the smallest specialized injection needles when administering Botox to our clients.
Every drug has side effects, and Botox is no exception. Luckily, Botox side effects are rare and temporary if you experience them. Potential side effects (in just 1 to 5% of cases) include mild droopiness of the eyelid or eyebrow, which usually goes away within two weeks. However, we take special precautions before, during and after treatments to avoid any such complications.
Everyone is different, so the answer varies from patient to patient. In general, the results can be seen within four to five days, and [they] last for three to six months with no downtime or surgery, and little to no discomfort. On average, the full on effect of Botox treatments take 10-14 days to realize and last 3-4 months respectively.
Patients taking (anti-inflammatories) medications that contain aspirin or NSAIDs, Fish oils or alcohol, the week of treatment can develop pinpoint blue bruising. Patients can wear makeup immediately but should avoid heavy workouts for 24 hours