What Is BOTOX®?
BOTOX is a popular injectable that has been safely used therapeutically for over 17 years. Its most common use is as a cosmetic treatment to reduce and prevent facial wrinkling. BOTOX is a purified protein derived from the botulinum toxin. It’s FDA-approved for the treatment of moderate to severe wrinkles between the eyebrows for patients between the ages of 18 to 65.
What Causes Frown Lines Between the Eyebrows?
The frown lines between the eyebrows are as common as they are unwanted. Overactive muscles in the face that form our expressions (like frowning) continuously crease our skin over time, making the lines deeper and more noticeable. These lines eventually begin to form what looks like a permanent “11” between the eyebrows. As we lose elasticity with age, this process becomes more exaggerated.
How Does BOTOX Work?
BOTOX, a neuromuscular inhibitor, blocks the signals to the targeted muscles and prevents them from fully articulating to the degree that leads to wrinkles. To achieve this, very low doses of the solution are injected under the skin, thus allowing the muscles to relax. Keep in mind, BOTOX patients are still fully capable of articulating expressions on their face, because the effects are highly localized using the precise dosage.
Potential Side Effects
Side effects are uncommon, and when they do occur, they are generally minimal and mild. Potential side effects include temporary drooping of the eyelid, some minor discomfort in the injection site, inflammation, and tenderness. Sometimes there can be minor discoloration like bruising that will go away on its own fairly quickly.
BOTOX Treatment Process
The treatment process is incredibly quick and convenient and can be performed almost anywhere. The procedure is so fast that it can be done during your lunch break at work.
Once the initial consultation is complete, the practitioner can determine the exact dose and locations of the treatment. No anesthesia is required, but a topical numbing agent can be applied beforehand per the patient’s request. The practitioner then carefully administers the BOTOX with a tiny syringe into the targeted muscles. The entire process takes about 15 minutes and the patient is free to carry on normal activities without the need for recovery or downtime.
The reduction of your wrinkles becomes visible within a few days after the injections. However, you can see instantly how the injections will prevent the face from creating the lines that caused the wrinkling in the first place.
The BOTOX solution remains effective for up to three months but becomes more effective and can last longer when the treatment is done routinely as maintenance. Some patients return for refresher injections every three months, which is ideal for long-lasting and effective wrinkle prevention.