Botox® injections are commonly used for aesthetic and medical purposes. They use a purified form of botulinum toxin, which works to block certain chemical signals from nerves and temporarily relaxes certain facial muscles. Due to the reduced muscle activity, Botox® can press pause on moderate to severe wrinkles, giving skin a more smooth, youthful appearance.
What Can Botox® Address?
As previously mentioned, Botox® is most associated with smoothing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It has also been shown to help fine lines and wrinkles from forming or worsening when administered in smaller doses.
Patients most often request injections to treat the following areas of the face:
- Wrinkles between the eyebrows (frown lines or “elevens”)
- Horizontal wrinkles in the forehead
- Lines at the corners of the mouth (marionette lines)
- Wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet)
Botox® can also be used to treat various medical concerns as well, including:
- Excessive sweating
- Chronic migraines
- Overactive bladders
- Muscle contractions (for example, those caused by neurological conditions)
- Lazy eyes
- Eye twitching
What Can Be Expected from the Procedure?
Before the procedure, you will meet with one of our medical professionals to determine if you are a good candidate for the injectable. At this time, you will be asked a series of medical questions to ensure that Botox® is a suitable option for you and to get a further sense of the aesthetic goals you would like to achieve. By the end of the appointment, there will be a concrete understanding of the amount of Botox® you will be getting and where you will be getting it.
During the procedure, your skin may be numbed before administering the treatment to make it more comfortable. Then, a thin needle will be used to inject small amounts of Botox® into your skin and/or muscles. The number of injections needed will vary based on the severity of your issue as well as the area or areas treated. Overall, the procedure is relatively quick, with minimal pain stemming from the injection sites themselves. Ice and pressure may be applied to the affected area(s) at this time to reduce discomfort and swelling.
Botox® does not require significant downtime or recovery. However, following the procedure, your specialist will give you aftercare instructions to ensure the best results and avoid any possible side effects or harm. For example, patients should avoid lying down, rubbing any treated areas, or engaging in strenuous activity directly after their procedure. Patients can expect to see results within the first week of treatment and reap the effects for about 3 months thereafter. For continuous results, it’s best to schedule regular intervals of administration.
Unlike regular botulinum toxin, Botox® is safe when administered properly and does not cause any illnesses commonly associated with the toxin, such as botulism. People should avoid using Botox® during pregnancy or breastfeeding, as well as if they have had allergies to Botox® or any of its ingredients.
We are happy to answer your questions regarding Botox® injections or any of our other aesthetic procedures. Call us today at (832) 460-6468 to set up a free consultation and launch the next steps toward a more youthful, confident you.