Wrinkles and creases appear as we age due to the repeated contraction of the underlying facial muscles when you smile, frown or squint. As normal as they can be, such signs of aging can be bothersome for some people.
If you’re one of those people and are looking for something more effective than topical products (yet are less drastic than surgery), then a wrinkle relaxer such as Botox® might be a great option for you.
Read on to find out more!
What Is Botox®?
Botox® is an FDA-approved neurotoxin called Botulinum toxin, which is derived from the bacterium Bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botox® is currently one of the safest, most effective, and most popular treatment options to address the appearance of dynamic wrinkles.
How Does Botox® Work?
Botox® is a neurotoxin that works by blocking the nerve signals to the muscles in the treated area. As a result, it temporarily paralyzes or prevents the muscles from contracting and softens the look of moderate to severe dynamic wrinkles.
What Is Botox® Used For?
Botox® injections were approved by the FDA in 2002 to treat and reduce the appearance of moderate to severe facial wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines.
Crow’s feet – the lines that spread outwards from the corner of your eyes when you laugh or smile.
Forehead lines – horizontal lines on your forehead that appear when you raise your eyebrows.
Frown lines – AKA glabellar lines or eleven lines, they appear between your brows when you squint.
What Are Some Of The Benefits Of Botox®?
Botox® is the first neurotoxin to ever hit the market and is still considered the gold standard among wrinkle relaxers. Here’s why:
- It is especially effective for treating dynamic wrinkles.
- The treatment is quick and rather painless.
- The results are not permanent so, if you don’t like them, they will subside over time.
- It doesn’t require any downtime.
- The risk of side effects is little to none.
Is It Safe?
Botox® injections are safe and non-invasive. Some people might experience mild bruising and swelling at the injection site, but these usually subside within a day or two.
How Soon Can I See Results?
It can take some time for the toxin to fully take effect. Typically, you can see noticeable improvements within a day or two, however, full results can take up to a week to kick in.
Is Botox® Permanent?
No, the results of Botox® are not permanent due to two reasons.
First, your body keeps making new nerve connections and since the amount of Botox® is finite, it becomes less effective over time. Second, your body metabolizes the product over time gradually and naturally.
However, the results can last as long as 3 to 4 months, which is why you need to schedule follow-up appointments to maintain your desired results.
Want to restore your youthful and smooth skin without having to undergo surgery? Botox® might be the best solution for you!
However, be mindful that only an expert injector can help you achieve your desired aesthetic goals naturally and safely.
At Uplift Aesthetics, North Oakdale, MN, we aim to provide a world-class Botox® experience to all our clients so that they can regain their self-confidence and youthful skin in no time.
Book a consultation today.