Since receiving FDA-approval in 1998 for the treatment of frown lines, Botox has become a household name and one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world.
If you are contemplating neurotoxin injections, continue reading for everything you need to know about Botox, including treatment benefits, how it works, and how long it lasts.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a highly-purified form of botulinum toxin type A that is injected into overactive muscles and glands.
It is most commonly used to treat moderate to severe wrinkles, including forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet.
Botox has also been cleared to treat a number of medical conditions including chronic migraine headaches, overactive bladder, muscle spasticity, hyperhidrosis, and strabismus.
How Does Botox Work?
When precisely injected into targeted facial muscles, Botox blocks the release of acetylcholine and temporarily inhibits muscle contraction.
This paralytic effect relaxes unwanted lines and wrinkles and produces a more youthful and vibrant appearance.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox?
Botox is an excellent option for women and men who want to soften bothersome wrinkles and achieve smoother skin, without surgery, incisions, anesthesia, or downtime.
It has also become increasingly popular with younger patients who hope to prevent wrinkles and limit the need for more invasive procedures in the future.
How Quickly Does Botox Take Effect?
While patients can begin to see visible wrinkle reduction within three-to-five days, it can take up to 14 days to appreciate full Botox effects.
Is There Any Downtime with Botox?
One of the key benefits of Botox is that it doesn’t require any downtime.
Treatment takes just 15-30 minutes and, afterwards, patients are free to go about their day as they normally would.
How Long Does Botox Last?
Botox usually lasts for three-to-four months. As such, additional injections are needed to maintain antiaging benefits.
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If you are considering Botox, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified dermatologist and leading injector Dr. Johnathan L. Chappell.