Every day we make a variety of facial expressions through laughing, smiling, frowning, and more. Our skin’s elasticity helps it to stay smooth from these repeated movements. However, over time, elasticity diminishes, and wrinkles and lines begin to form from these expressions. Expressions lines are found most prominently in the forehead, around the eyes, and around the mouth. Botox is the leading cosmetic injection procedure to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines in the face.
What is Botox?
Botox is a prescription medication formulated from botulinum toxin Type A. This injection treatment was created by Allergan, a world-renowned cosmetic company. Botox injections are used cosmetically for the temporary improvement of moderate-to-severe wrinkles and lines. When injected, Botox blocks nerve signals from the brain from reaching muscles, causing a reduction in muscle contraction in the area. This smooths out wrinkles and lines. This technique is called neuromodulation, it immobilizes the muscles in the treatment areas to reduce skin creasing that contributes to an aged appearance. With an expert, experienced injector, patients can enjoy natural-appearing results that won’t lead to a “frozen” look. Botox is most used around the eyes and on the forehead or brows.
Who is a Candidate for Botox Injections?
Patients who are looking for a non-surgical solution to their aging signs can greatly benefit from Botox. Lines and wrinkles that form around the eyes and forehead can cause patients to look angry, sad, or tired. Botox can help to reduce wrinkles for a fresh appearance. Most patients can safely undergo this treatment. During a consultation with one of our team members at Eterna MD, they will discuss your rejuvenation options with you.
What Happens During a Botox Treatment?
Botox injections are tolerated well by most patients. A topical numbing cream can be applied if needed. The injector will place the Botox treatment into predetermined points in the skin to treat specific muscles. This requires extensive knowledge of the facial structures, so it is important to receive Botox injections from a licensed and experienced injector. Botox treatment can take as little as 15 minutes to perform.
How Long Does Botox Last?
After the Botox treatment, there may be some minor swelling, bruising, and redness at the injection site. It can take up to a week for the injection to take effect, so patients should be patient when looking for results. The results from Botox typically last anywhere from 3-4 months. The treatment can be repeated at this point to maintain the results.
Can Botox age you?
Unwanted side effects are always possible if you receive your Botox treatments from an inexperienced injector. Thats why its important to always receive your injections from a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.
Can Botox cause weight gain?
The chances of your Botox treatments causing weight gain are extremely low-- most often, it can be attributed to other factors. Youll discuss the possible side effects of Botox during your cosmetic consultation with our team.
Can Botox help sinuses?
Some studies have shown that Botox can be an effective treatment option for conditions of the sinuses including headaches or sinusitis. Our team can discuss your best options for treatment during your consultation.
Can Botox lift eyebrows?
The Botox brow lift is an excellent way to rejuvenate the upper face and reduce the look of hooded eyes without surgery. Your expert injector can create the right treatment plan for you and your goals.
Does Botox make you look older after it wears off?
Once your Botox injections wear off, youll return to looking like you did before your treatment-- it can seem like you look older because youve adjusted to seeing your excellent results. At this point, you can opt for re-treatment as needed.
Can I go for a walk after Botox?
Yes, although it is recommended you avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours to allow the filler to settle correctly within the treatment area.
Can I have wine after Botox?
You should not have alcohol for 24 hours after Botox or other injectable treatment to prevent excess bruising due to an increase in blood flow.
Can you drink coffee after Botox?
Yes. Caffeine is safe to ingest before and after Botox injections.
Does Botox affect the brain?
A few studies have drawn a weak connection between Botox use and decreased sensitivity in the hand, although these findings are minimal and not fully proven.
Is Botox a poison?
The active ingredient in Botox is botulinum toxin a, which is a paralyzing compound. It prevents nerve signals from the brain from communicating with muscles in the area where its injected, making it a neurotoxin. The amount of toxin used in cosmetic treatments is tiny and is completely safe.
Does Botox make you shiny?
No, Botox should have no effect on your overall complexion, just the appearance of wrinkles in the treatment area.
Is 50 too old for Botox?
Not at all! People of any age can benefit from Botox. However, for people with more severe aging signs, a more significant improvement might be had with surgery as opposed to injectable treatments.
What age should I start Botox?
The aging process begins in earnest around the age of 30 for many people. This is when collagen and hyaluronic acid levels begin to decline, setting your skin up for increased laxity and creases that will appear in the years to come.
Is Botox good for under-eye wrinkles?
Yes! Botox does work to reduce the appearance of under-eye wrinkles
Should I move my face after Botox?
Yes. It’s recommended that you move your face after Botox. It helps Botox work more effectively.
How long does Botox last?
Botox typically lasts for three to four months but can last up to six months.
Is Botox painful?
Botox injections are relatively painless. You can have a numbing agent put on the injection site, but even without it, the pain is very minimal.
Should I do anything to prepare for Botox treatment?
To prepare for your Botox treatment, avoid taking blood thinner medication, drinking alcohol, smoking, and having a chemical peel or facial done prior to your treatment.
How does Botox work?
Botox works by blocking the signals from the nerves to the muscles. This causes the muscles to relax and in the face, when the muscles relax, it can rescue the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
At what age should I start getting Botox?
You must be at least 18 years old to get Botox, but people typically start using it as a preventative measure in their mid-late 20s to early 30s.
How often should I get Botox?
It’s recommended you get Botox every 3-4 months to keep up the results.
How many Botox treatments will I need?
To maintain the results of Botox treatment, you’ll need approximately 3-4 treatment sessions per year. How many injections you need depends on the area being treated.
Are there any side effects of Botox?
There are very few side effects with Botox. Some of the most common include swelling, redness, and bruising.
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To learn more about Botox injections such as what they cost, how botulinum toxin works, and what kind of benefits to expect, meet with our Eterna MD team for a consultation. Call us today for a complimentary consultation or fill out our online form.