Botox treatment has become increasingly popular as an option that improves the look of the skin and reduces the aging lines on the face without the need to undergo more invasive surgical procedures. It costs much less than invasive surgical procedures and is generally much safer than surgery.
While cosmetic Botox injections are generally safe and effective, it is also important to understand what it can and cannot do, along with any risks involved. Having the right expectations and finding the right cosmetic dermatologist to perform the procedure is key to patient satisfaction.
What can Botox do for your face?
Botox/Dysport/Xeomin, also known as injectable neuromodulators, are injected into the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. With increasing age, the lines associated with facial expressions become deeper, more numerous, and more permanent. Given enough time, the wrinkles persist even at rest.
Botox minimizes unwanted and excessive movement of specific muscles on the face, thereby minimizing severity and number of wrinkles. When injected correctly, the appearance is subtle and natural. Wrinkles are reduced, but important facial expressions remain intact. One’s overall appearance becomes relaxed and refreshed. Botox is also injected as a preventative procedure to prevent the onset of wrinkles associated with aging.
Sometimes, Botox injections can also be used to slim the lower face by reducing the bulk of the jaw muscles. This results in a softer, more feminine facial contour.
What are common Botox treatment areas?
Botox/Dysport/Xeomin injections require a combination of surgical skill and aesthetic talent. The injector should have a profound understanding of the three dimensional anatomy of the face, including critical structures such as blood vessels, nerves, muscles, and other tissue layers. The best outcomes come from precise injections at the correct points along specific targeted muscles. Optimal aesthetic outcomes reduce wrinkles but still allow natural movement of the face. Common areas for treatment include the forehead, brows, crow’s feet, upper lip, jaws, and the neck. When these muscles are relaxed, the patient appears refreshed and rejuvenated.
How long does a Botox treatment last?
Neuromodulators work by relaxing the muscles to prevent movement of the overlying skin. With time, the relaxation flattens out existing wrinkles. Because neuromodulators are broken down naturally in the body, regular injections every three months may be needed to prevent wrinkles from returning. The exact interval needed for reinjection depends on several factors, including quantity of Botox used, area of treatment, and how the patient’s body responds to the Botox. Patient should work closely with their cosmetic dermatologist to develop the right dosing schedule that achieves their individual aesthetic needs.
How long does it take for Botox to work?
Patients should expect the effects of Botox to begin anywhere between three days to two weeks, at which time patients may begin noticing a weakening of the injected muscles. Peak results may not occur until one month after treatment and may plateau for the next two months. If more muscular weakening is need, more botox can be injected on a subsequent visit. It is important for patients to work closely with their cosmetic dermatologist to achieve the right outcome for their individual needs and expectations.
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