Considering BOTOX injections to diminish wrinkles? You are not alone. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, botulinum toxin, brands such as BOTOX, Xeomin and Dysport, has become the most commonly performed non-surgical cosmetic procedure, with over 6 million treatments performed annually in the United States. BOTOX injections are most often used for reducing the appearance of frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, and forehead lines. Less common uses of BOTOX are for reducing the appearance of upper lip lines, a.k.a. “smoker’s lines,” bunny lines across the nose and gummy smile, the showing of the upper gums when smiling.
While BOTOX treatments target specific muscles based on their functions, it actually works in the nerves. BOTOX works by blocking nerve impulses telling the muscles to contract. Every time the muscles of the face contract the skin is pinched. Over time those little pinches lead to lines or wrinkles which can be noticeable even when the muscle is at rest. By relaxing the muscles and reducing their use, especially habitual or unintentional use, the skin is allowed to relax resulting in a smoother, younger looking appearance.
BOTOX procedures typically take only 10-20 minutes, although the calm and nurturing environment at De Luz Medical Aesthetics may tempt you to linger. Injecting BOTOX involves a small number of tiny injections and requires no downtime or recovery. In about 7 days, you will see the maximal effect with results lasting from 3-4 months.