Botox®, having been around for decades, has slowly become not only the most popular injectable facial treatment, but one of the most effective – especially when it comes to the treatment of wrinkles and expression lines!
Even still, over these past years of success, Botox® has garnered its fair share of fans as well as a number of detractors, who will warn users against the possibility of losing their smile, and appearing expression-less for years to come. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth, and not only Botox® effective, but when used properly, and under the care of a medical professional, Botox® is by far one of the safest and commonly requested aesthetic enhancement treatments around today, with nearly 50% of all aesthetic medicine treatments utilizing Botox® in some way!
Botox® injections were made popular as a treatment for facial wrinkles and expression lines. They work as a temporary nerve blocker to weaken the contraction of muscles and smooth away fine lines & wrinkles.
Botox® is classified as a neuromodulator – using the active ingredient Botulinum toxin-A. This neurotoxic protein is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Once injected, this compound will prevent the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from within the endings of our muscles – causing temporary paralysis, similar to the condition of botulism. This might sound scary, but in the hands of a trained professional, Botox® is one of the safest and most effective treatment methods around today.
How Are Wrinkles Caused?
The main source of wrinkles is aging. Considering this, the degeneration of the dermal/subdermal tissue will often occur over time. Our brain will generally direct nerve impulses to the muscles in our face, causing them to contract and make different facial expressions. When these contractions are repeated over and over, they cause the skin to thin out in certain places and cause wrinkles and expression lines to appear. Similar to folding a paper over and over, and it leaving behind creases.
How Does Botox® Work?
Botox® is a relatively simple process, as we previously mention specially when it comes to the treatment of age-related wrinkles and fine lines. Considering that Botox® is an injectable neuromodulator, that works by causing temporary paralysis to the muscles in the face. Temporarily stopping the contractions within the face that cause these expression lines, the skin is allowed to flatten out, with time.
What Does Botox® Treat?
- Fine Lines In & Around the Eyes
- Forehead Wrinkles & Lines
- Crow’s Feet & Under-Eye Depressions
- Neck Lines
- Smile Lines Along the Mouth
- Nasolabial Folds
Is Botox® Painful?
Botox® is non-invasive and is simply administered in a small shot. Patients complain of minimal discomfort, aside from the slight pinch of the needle entering the skin. In some instances, we are able to numb the area beforehand.
Side Effects & Downtime
Side effects are minimal and can vary patient to patient. In some instances, some patients will experience light redness and minor swelling – but these issues will usually subside within a few hours or so.
What Kind of Results Should be Expected?
Often, with Botox® patients can see some results almost instantly, and they will progressively improve around 24-48 hours after administration. Depending upon the level of correction and your dosage, Botox® must be repeated anywhere from 4-12 months to maintain similar results. Over time, after repeated sessions patients will generally experience more permanent results. For more information on Botox®, contact us today.
For more information on Botox® treatment, and how it might be able to help you to achieve your best skin, be sure to contact Miami Wellness & Aesthetics today.