Botox injections are noted primarily for the ability to reduce the appearance of facial dynamic wrinkles. They're also used to treat conditions such as neck spasms (cervical dystonia), excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), an overactive bladder and lazy eye. Botox injections may also help prevent chronic migraines. Botox injections are usually performed in a doctor's office. Doctor uses a thin needle to inject tiny amounts of botulinum toxin into your skin or muscles. The number of injections needed depends on many factors, including the extent of the area being treated.
What are dynamic wrinkles
There is a distinction between dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that are visible on the face during muscular contractions such as frowning and squinting. Once these muscles relax, dynamic wrinkles disappear as the skin springs back to its original position.
Common dynamic wrinkles include:
Frown lines between eyebrows
Smile lines around the mouth
BOTOX is an effective treatment for dynamic wrinkles as it has the ability to temporarily and partially relax facial muscles. As dynamic wrinkles fade away when the underlying muscle contractions are relaxed, it will result in a smoother and more youthful looking complexion all around.
On the other hand, as we age, the production of collagen declines, causing the skin to lose its elasticity. As a result, dynamic wrinkles will eventually become static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are wrinkles that are visible on the face even when facial muscles are relaxed and tend to deepen with age, therefore, BOTOX would not be an effective treatment. Instead, injectable dermal fillers are best for addressing static wrinkles.
Prepare for botox
Tell your doctor if you've had any type of Botox injection within the past four months. Also tell your doctor if you take muscle relaxants, sleeping aids or allergy medications. If you take blood thinners, you may need to stop taking them several days before your injection to reduce your risk of bleeding or bruising.
After the procedure
Do not rub or massage the treated areas for 24 hours. This may help prevent the toxin from spreading to a different area. You can return to your normal activities right after the procedure.
Botox injections usually begin working one to three days after treatment. Depending on the problem being treated, the effect may last three months or longer. To maintain the effect, you'll need regular follow-up injections.
Frequently asked questions
DO I NEED TO BE OVER 40 TO START USING BOTOX® COSMETIC?
It's not your age that determines when BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you, it's the severity of your lines. In fact, 64% of plastic surgeons report seeing a rise in cosmetic surgery or injectable treatments for patients in their early 20’s.
The truth is, everyone's lines form differently. The timing can be influenced by a combination of factors, from cellular changes that may occur over time, to reduction of collagen, to genetic factors, or damage caused by free radicals from the sun and the environment.
Whenever your lines start to bother you, go speak with your doctor. They can help you determine if treatment is right for you.
WILL MY FACE LOOK OVERDONE OR UNNATURAL?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a technique-sensitive treatment. You can trust BOTOX® Cosmetic to deliver subtle results when you are treated by someone who is licensed, trained, and a medical expert in facial anatomy. So you’ll look like yourself—only with less noticeable lines. No one should be able to tell you’ve had anything done.
WILL I SEE RESULTS QUICKLY? HOW LONG DO TREATMENT EFFECTS LAST?
You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours, with results lasting up to four months for moderate to severe frown lines. Remember that results vary from patient to patient though, so your physician will plan your next appointment based on your results and aesthetic goals.