Botox injections are a popular and very effective non-surgical technique for facial rejuvenation.
Many facial lines and wrinkles the products of decades of muscle contractions, such as forehead lines and crow’s feet. These lines and wrinkles can become permanent, and often contribute to an older appearance.
Botox —purified botulinum toxin type A— corrects lines and wrinkles. Precisely targeted muscles are treated through a tiny needle. It’s vital that patients choose a reputable and expert plastic surgeon with a thorough knowledge of facial anatomy, as there are 43 muscles in the face alone. The target muscles must be carefully chosen to achieve your aesthetic goals. Muscles which do not cause wrinkles are left alone.
This treatment blocks chemical signals from the nerves, thus relaxing the muscles. Furthermore, effects are visible within 2 or 3 days, and you will appear younger and vital as if you have just been on a relaxing vacation!
What areas does Botox treat?
Botox treats many areas on the face, but these are the most common:
- Forehead furrows and frown lines between the eyebrows (also known as glabellar lines)
- Crow’s feet beside the eyes, and lines around the lower lids
- Lines beside the nose and mouth (also known as smoker’s lines)
- Horizontal wrinkles and lines in the neck (the neck accessory muscles)
Botox can treat other conditions, such as hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating of the hands or underarms. It can also succesfully treat migraines.
There is no down time after Botox injections. In fact, many people have this skin rejuvenation treatment during their lunch hours as the injection only takes around 15 minutes. The amount of injections you’ll need depends on the target muscles, and the depth of your wrinkles. Deeper wrinkles require more injections.
Botox is temporary
Botox provides temporary correction of lines and wrinkles. The injections last from 3 to 6 months, after which your body safely absorbs them and the targeted muscles can again contract. However, it is safe to make appointment for repeat injections.
Many people choose to have additional rejuvenation treatments to correct those facial lines and wrinkles, even the ones that are not the result of muscle contractions. Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments include dermal fillers to remove wrinkles and laser treatments to firm and rejuvenate the skin.