Botox is the world’s most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment. It continues to increase in popularity due to regular mask-wearing at work and in public, and even more focus on the eyes. Here, we discuss what makes Botox such a popular and proven treatment and why you should be looking into this quick and effective wrinkle eraser.
What is Botox?
Botox is derived from the highly purified protein from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It’s FDA-approved for the treatment of moderate-to-severe frown lines (those “11” lines between the eyebrows), forehead lines and crow’s feet (lines and wrinkles around the eyes).
How does it work?
Botox is a neuromodulator that works by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles in the skin above them. It blocks the signal to the muscle to contract, eliminating or softening dynamic wrinkles.
What are dynamic wrinkles?
There are two types of wrinkles: Dynamic and static. Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that form in the skin when you make certain facial expressions such as frowning or squinting. Botox works only on dynamic wrinkles, whereas dermal fillers address static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are wrinkles that are constantly present. Dynamic wrinkles can become static wrinkles over time.
Where is Botox used?
Botox works best on frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines, drooping eyebrows and the horizontal bands on the neck. It can even be used to treat migraine headaches.
How long is treatment, and when do you see results?
Botox is administered through a series of injections in a treatment area. Treatment usually takes 10 minutes or less, depending on what areas are being treated. Results occur 5-7 days after treatment and can last 3-6 months. Many patients will start to see their results begin to fade at about four months. At this time, you’ll want to return for repeat treatment to extend results.
Botox is often injected in a single outpatient treatment or used in combination with other non-surgical and surgical treatments to maximize cosmetic results. If you are interested in learning more about Botox and other ways to turn back the hands of time on your face, call (508) 567-3202 today to set up a consultation.