Botox Guide: What are It, Benefits, and Results
Botox is a cosmetic procedure used to fix wrinkles caused by muscle contraction, and it will relax the muscle and increase facial volume.
What is Botox?
Botox is a cosmetic procedure to improve the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows in adults for a short period (temporary).
Botulinum toxin type-A (Botox) has been one of the best-selling wrinkle treatments since its FDA approval in 2002. Botox is a highly purified neurotoxin that blocks nerve impulses to the injected muscles to temporarily relax them and prevent uncontrolled muscle movements such as squinting.
Botulinum toxin is also injected into the shoulder muscles for a short period to improve upper limb function in adult patients with weak or paralyzed shoulder muscles caused by cervical spinal cord injury.
These injections have been used to treat excessive sweating of the palms, armpits, face, and scalp during exercise or in hot weather for patients 18 years of age and older.
How Is Botox Done?
Botox injections are administered through fine needles. The injections of Botox are used primarily to treat wrinkles and fine lines in the face. Botox injections work to relax muscles and reduce the severity of wrinkles for up to 4 months after it is injected.
What Are the Benefits of Botox? Bot
Getting Botox treatment near you offers benefits. Botox can reduce or eliminate the appearance of moderate frown lines and vertical lines between the eyebrows (glabella) in people who are 21 to 65 years of age.
Botox injections sites on the face also treat crow’s feet, horizontal forehead lines, and other facial wrinkles.
Botox can also be used in treating migraines and spasticity (excessive muscle tone) caused by certain medical conditions like stroke or multiple sclerosis.
How Long Does it Take to See Results After Botox Injections?
The results of Botox take a few days to appear– it can take one to two weeks for them to become visible.
How Long Does Botox Last?
Botox is the most popular cosmetic treatment in the U.S.— Botox Cosmetic [ Botulinum Toxin Type A ] injections will smooth out lines and wrinkles for three to six months.
Botox Vs. Dermal Fillers; How Do They Compare?
Botox and dermal fillers each have their own set of benefits, and they can be used together in combination with one another. Botox is most commonly known to treat wrinkles, while dermal fillers are more often associated with treating folds and fine lines. Botox treatments are best suited for areas on the face where the skin is still relatively elastic, while dermal fillers are usually used in areas that have been weakened by aging and the natural decline of skin elasticity.
Botox is also much more economical, and the procedures tend to cost less than similar treatments involving dermal fillers. Botox is considered a type of neuromodulator- which means that Botox paralyzes the nerves to relax muscle contractions and help prevent wrinkles from forming.
Dermal fillers, by contrast, work to replace volume and give shape to the face. Botox gives shape to the face too, but Botox injections tend to be more temporary than dermal fillers.
Botox injections typically last for around three or four months before another treatment is necessary, whereas dermal fillers can last anywhere from six months to one year.
Botox has also been used in mitigating migraine symptoms.
What Are the Side Effects of Botox Injections?
Botox and Botulinum toxin injections are generally very safe, and most patients tolerate the treatment well. However, the following possible side effects may occur:
- Pain or bruising at the injection site
- Infection, flu-like symptoms, or redness in the area of injections
- Dry mouth
- Eye drogues (rarely) Botox is a toxin and can spread from the site of injection.
Also, Botox has not been tested for use during pregnancy, and there have been no reports of Botox being associated with birth defects when used by pregnant women.
Schedule an Appointment
Botox takes effect within days and lasts approximately 3-6 months, depending on what area of the face it is injected in and what muscle. Visit MI Health Dermatology for more information on the Botox before and after and what you can expect.