Aging is a fact of life, but it can be put in its place with the help of Botox. Applied with a simple injection, Botox can reduce or even eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. The procedure has allowed many people to remain youthful looking into middle age and beyond.
What is Botox?
Botox is a shortened form of botulinum toxin, which comes from a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. It has been in use for cosmetic and medical purposes for 90 years, with official marketing started in 1997. After gaining FDA approval in 2002, Botox quickly became very popular in the United States with nearly five million procedures performed.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is injected directly into facial muscles in areas that have begun to show aging, such as around the eyes or on the forehead. This relaxes the muscles and leaves them unable to contract, which is the magic behind eliminating wrinkles. Botox works best on wrinkles and fine lines that are new and have not become deep and established. It has recently come to light that Botox may be an effective preventative measure against the signs of aging.
How Long Do Botox Results Last?
Botox is used to treat wrinkles around the eyes, on the forehead, around the mouth and on the neck. Most patients see changes within three days after a treatment, but it may take as long as a week to achieve full results, which typically last up to six months. In time, the muscles will begin to contract again, and wrinkles will return without another procedure. The more injections a person has, the longer the results will last. Our medical team will work with you to determine if repeated treatments are the right course of action.
What are the Risks of Botox?
While Botox is usually a simple procedure, it does carry some risks. If an injection is not done correctly, it can move into other tissues and cause droopy eyelids, crooked eyebrows, slanted smile and watery eyes. Although extremely rare, the toxin could spread to other parts of the body and cause botulism symptoms such as blurry vision, muscle weakness, breathing trouble and inability to speak, which require emergency care. That’s why it is so important to only receive treatment from a medical professional like the ones on staff here at Facial Aesthetic Concepts.
Those who would like to reduce or eliminate the appearance of wrinkles should contact Facial Aesthetic Concepts today to determine if Botox will be helpful in their cosmetic goals. During your consultation, we will customize a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs, so you get the best possible results.