Botox is a purified protein that temporarily relaxes wrinkles to provide a smoother look. They can be injected in many areas: between the brows (for treatment of frown lines), around the eyes (for treatment of crow's feet) & the forehead. There are other areas that can be treated such as the root of the nose (for bunny lines) & under the eyes (to refresh a "tired" look). With the right amount placed in the proper areas, you will still have natural movement while maintaining a youthful look.
How It Works
Botox blocks the communication between the nervous system and the injected muscles. Without this interaction, muscles lay dormant and therefore do not make active expressions, leading to softening of wrinkles from facial expressions. After a couple months, the blockage slowly begins to fade so that the muscles regain their normal activity.
What To Expect
After an analysis of your muscle movement and strength, a series of small shots are injected into the muscles. A precise amount of product is carefully placed into each site for maximum, lasting results. The entire procedure takes 10-15 minutes.
Length Of Results
You will begin to see the effects 1 to 5 days after the treatment. The longevity of the product depends on three main things: your metabolism, your muscle strength, and how active those muscles are. Some people’s bodies will metabolize the product very quickly and will therefore need injections more often. Similarly, the stronger the muscles are, the more product you will need. Muscles we use frequently such as around the mouth and eyes will need to be injected more often since they are more active. Typically, results last around 3 months.
Number Of Treatments
Because Botox is temporary, it is best to come in every 3-4 months to maintain optimal results. Please do not wait until Botox completely wears off since there is a synergistic effect.
By Jennifer Misuraca, RN of Skin Care by Skin/Envy MD — www.skinenvy-md.com — (615) 727-7333