Considering BOTOX® injections to diminish wrinkles? You are not alone. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, botulinum toxin, such as BOTOX® has become the most commonly performed non-surgical cosmetic procedure, with over 7.5 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 a gummy smile, the showing of the upper gums when smiling.
How does BOTOX® work?
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.
When will I see results?
BOTOX® procedures typically take only 10-15 minutes. 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 approximately 3 months*.
How many units do I need?
A common question for many people who are new to Botox® is how many units they will need during treatment. Everyone is different, however, so it is impossible to give an exact answer. The number of Botox® units needed depends on many factors, like age, gender, muscle strength, metabolism, and treatment goals. We will help you determine the amount needed for optimal results.
How long does it last?
The results can last up to 6 months but for best results retreating every 3 – 4 months. Over time the body grows new nerve connections to the muscles, leading to the slow return of muscle movement in the treatment area.
Are there any side effects?
Most side effects from Botox® are minor and temporary. Much of these issue stems from the process of injection rather than the neurotoxin itself. Short-lived side effects associated with Botox® can include the following, pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site.