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Botox is one of the top non-surgical cosmetic treatments used to reduce, reverse, and even prevent common signs of aging. The injections can smooth or reverse fine lines and wrinkles that are associated with facial expressions.
If you’re looking for smooth skin and an overall younger-looking appearance without the need for expensive and invasive medical procedures, Botox injections may be your answer.
What Is Botox?
The minimally invasive and essentially pain-free injectable treatment is manufactured using botulinum toxin type A, which was approved by the FDA in 2002.
When considering Botox, it’s important to understand why these stubborn lines and creases appear. Over time, the underlying facial muscles become stiff and have more and more trouble returning to an at-rest state. This causes the overlying skin to bunch and form wrinkles.
Botox is administered through a syringe and injected beneath the skin to create nerve signal blockage to our muscles. This makes the facial muscles unable to contract in the areas causing the aging signs, allowing the muscles to relax back into an at-rest state.
It’s important to keep in mind that Botox treats expression lines and creases, meaning the wrinkles that appear when you show signs of happiness, anger, or sadness on your face. Botox does not treat permanent lines that appear when the face is at rest.
Common Botox Treatment Areas
Botox is commonly injected into these specific areas of the body to produce the best results for patients:
- In the forehead to treat horizontal forehead lines
- Between the eyebrows to treat glabellar lines
- At the sides of the eyes to treat crow’s feet
- At the top of the nose to treat bunny lines
- In the chin to treat chin dimples
- In the upper lip to treat gummy smile
- In the underarms to treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
What to Consider Before Botox
It’s important to keep in mind that aging is a natural process that everybody undergoes. This inevitable change can take a toll on many men and women. Botox is a great option for those looking to both slow and prevent signs of aging.
There are things to consider before receiving treatment. Know your skincare goals and your expectations regarding treatment results, remember that Botox isn’t guaranteed (since everyone’s skin is different), and be realistic with your goals and how they align financially with the investment needed to maintain results.
What to Expect
You will have a consultation with your skincare professional prior to treatment to ensure that your aesthetic goals can be achieved using Botox. Once your treatment starts, it takes just minutes to administer, and you will see results in as little as 3 to 4 days after treatment.
Botox is not permanent, and everyone’s body reacts differently to injections. Lasting results vary depending on multiple factors, such as age, metabolism, and the area of injection. Younger patients with high metabolism will need to receive treatment more often than those who are older. Over time, patients may see a lasting decrease in the depth of lines and wrinkles.
Typically, Botox will need to be administered every 3-4 months to maintain results and prevent aging.
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It’s important to maintain aftercare protocols as directed, such as avoiding massaging the injection sites and not drinking alcohol for 24 hours. Most patients see little to no side effects. Potential side effects include redness, swelling, and bruising at the injection sites.
The cost of Botox varies depending on factors like the number of injections being performed and the number of units being used. Price will be discussed during your consultation.
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