Botox is an injectable treatment made up of botulinum toxin type A. Throughout the day, we make many different facial expressions. The repeated use of these facial muscles to make these expressions can eventually lead to lines and creases in the face. Botox works by relaxing these muscles, so that your facial expressions soften and these lines are greatly reduced.
Botox is commonly used to treat the following:
- Forehead creases
- Crow’s feet
- Glabellar lines (frown lines)
- The corners of the mouth
- A “cobblestoned” appearance to the chin
Botox injections are non-surgical, and they can be completed during an office visit. Treatment will first begin with a consultation with one of our dermatologists, during which you can discuss your aesthetic goals. On the day of treatment, a topical anesthetic numbing cream will be offered to ensure that you are comfortable. Many patients, however, do not need this as the injections are not very deep. The Botox will be injected using a small syringe into strategic points to gain the desired results.
No downtime is needed following the treatment. However, you will need to take the rest of the day off from strenuous exercise or activity to ensure the best possible results. Common side effects include mild redness, bruising, and swelling at the injection site, which will dissipate with time. Botox results typically last anywhere from 3-6 months.
Adults who would like to soften the look of lines and wrinkles in their face can often benefit from Botox injections. Those who have deep lines between their eyes that make them look angry, sad, or tired, or those who are unhappy with the appearance of wrinkles in and around their eyes and forehead are examples of good candidates. However, those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological disease should not receive Botox injections. The best way to determine if this treatment is right for you is to schedule a consultation appointment at our office. During this appointment, one of our skilled dermatologists will assess your face to determine if Botox is a good match for you.