How Does Botox Work?
Botox works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles, when the nerves are blocked, the muscles are unable to contract. This helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and even deep creases. Botox is made from sources found in nature and includes very small amounts of a purified form of botulinum toxin protein.
Where Is Botox Used on the Face?
Cosmetic Botox treatments are most often used to treat lines around the eyes (crow’s feet), frown lines between the eyebrows, and forehead lines. They’re also used to treat lines around the lips, the chin, the corner of the mouth, and even the neck.
How Does a Botox Procedure Work?
Botox is a non-surgical treatment. The procedure usually takes just a few minutes, and there’s no anesthesia involved. Our expert cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Do, uses a fine needle to inject Botox into problem facial areas. The needle is not painful and causes only minor discomfort.
How Long Does Botox Last?
The effects of Botox generally last for three to four months. Lines and wrinkles will gradually begin to reappear and will require additional treatments. But, Botox helps train the muscles to relax over time, so lines and wrinkles may actually begin to fade with repeated injections. This means you may need fewer injections over time.
Does Botox Treat All Lines and Wrinkles?
There are two types of wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles, and very fine lines and wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles develop from repeated muscle contractions when you laugh, smile, and squint. They’re most common around the lips, between the eyes, at the outer corners of the eyes (crow’s feet), and on the forehead. Everyone has these wrinkles, but they become more noticeable as you age. Botox effectively treats these wrinkles by making them less noticeable.
Very fine lines and wrinkles are a bit different. They develop when collagen protein fibers just beneath the surface of the skin start to become thin due to aging and sun damage. When collagen fibers thin out, facial skin begins to sag and stretch, which leads to fine lines and wrinkles. Botox doesn’t erase these fine lines, but there are other ways to treat them. Dr. Do will discuss all your treatment options with you.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Botox?
Botox is an appropriate anti-aging treatment for people aged 18 to 65 who are not pregnant or breastfeeding, and who do not have a neurological disease (e.g. epilepsy, multiple sclerosis).
What Are the Side Effects?
The most common side effect is temporary bruising. A headache is also possible, but much less common. Some patients may develop temporary eyelid drooping, which happens when the product moves around. Patients can help prevent this by avoiding rubbing the treated area for at least 12 hours after the injection. Allergic reactions (e.g. itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, dizziness or feeling faint) have been reported, but are rare.
How Much Do Botox Treatments Cost?
Cosmetic Botox treatments aren’t usually covered by insurance, but the Aesthetic Surgery Institute offers financing. We’ll work with you to create a payment plan that works within your budget.
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