We live in a society that is more obsessed with youth and appearance than in any other time in modern history. This has led to the development of a multi-billion dollar cosmetic industry that includes invasive procedures like plastic surgery.
Many individuals want to maintain their youthful appearance, but at the same time shy away from more invasive procedures. For this segment of the population, BOTOX® injections have been their solution.
What are BOTOX® Injections?
BOTOX® injections temporarily paralyze muscle activity. While it is used in the medical community to help individuals with muscle spasms, crossed eyes, and profuse sweating, it is primarily used as a cosmetic agent to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine facial lines.
It works because it temporarily blocks nerve signals to the muscles in the injected area, thereby preventing dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are the wrinkles that are formed when we move our facial muscles to do things like smile and squint.
BOTOX® works well on forehead lines, crows feet’s, and frown lines.
How is the BOTOX® Procedure Performed?
The BOTOX® procedure only takes a few minutes, and most patients can have it done without anesthesia. A very fine needle is used to inject BOTOX® into predetermined muscles in the face.
A patient will start to see results within 3 to 7 days after the procedure is done. It is recommended that a person avoids alcohol for at least one week before treatment.
How Long Will the Injections Last?
BOTOX® injections are not permanent. In most cases, they will last for between 4 to 6 months. As the muscles begin to regain their movement, dynamic wrinkles will reappear.
Additional treatments will be needed for the effects of BOTOX® to be seen. After multiple treatments, the facial muscles will begin to be trained to relax. So treatments will become less frequent and less severe.
Side Effects of BOTOX®
The most common side effect of BOTOX® is bruising, which will usually resolve itself within a few days. It is recommended that a person not rub the treated area or lay down on the treated area for at least 12 hours after the injection.
BOTOX® has been used for more than a decade as a safe and effective way of helping people reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The result is that people have a younger appearance and an increased sense of vitality, confidence, and self-esteem. Contact Pristine Med Spa and Laser Center today to make an appointment.