Botox for the Win!

If you are unhappy with the appearance of fine lines, frown lines, or any other type of facial line, Botox can help to smooth their appearance! It only takes a few minutes and is non-invasive and FDA approved for treatment. There is no downtime when it comes to treatment, so you can leave the office and go about your normal daily routine. You can even head to the office for treatment on your lunch break!

As we get older, the muscles both above and between the eyebrows repeatedly contract and tighten. This causes wrinkles. Botox does the work to improve the appearance of their line and wrinkles from under the skin’s surface. Typically, when we squint, frown, or make other facial expressions, the nerves release a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter then bonds to the receptors within the muscle in order to make it contract. Botox binds to the acetylcholine receptors and blocks the signals of the nerves. After a muscle has been injected with botox, the nerves still send the signal to the muscle and the acetylcholine is released, but is can’t bind to the muscle. The binding process usually begins around 48 hours after treatment and results are noticeable within 7 to 10 days.

Botox treatment involves a very fine needle that injects Botox into the facial muscles that are responsible for the appearance of those wrinkles. It relaxes the muscles, and takes away their ability to contract. The contraction is what causes the wrinkle to appear noticeable.

Botox is the only FDA approved prescription product available that temporarily reduces the appearance of fine line and wrinkles. It is a great alternative to a face lift or other invasive rejuvenation option, as it really won’t affect your daily routine. The ingredients in the treatment block the signal from the nerve to the muscle, which allows for an improved appearance.

For most people, the effects of Botox treatment can last between 3-6 months. There are many difference factors to consider that contribute to how long the effects of Botox will be visible. As Botox begins to wear off, the muscle is able to start moving gradually. Previously treated lines and wrinkles may begin to reappear, and will need to be treated again for the desired result. With repeated Botox treatment sessions, the line and wrinkles usually appear less harsh than before, as they are being trained to relax.

Factors that contribute to how long the effects of Botox will last include, but are not limited to:

  • Your Age
  • Sun Damage
  • Skin Condition
  • Your Diet
  • Past Experience
  • Facial Structure
  • Facial Expressions

Most people between the ages of 18-65 are great candidates for Botox treatments. Most choose this option over other treatments available because it is simple, and requires no time off of work and very little time out of your day for a treatment session. While the results aren’t permanent, it also doesn’t become a hassle to get treatment since the procedure is so quick! However, if any of the following relate to you, you should not use Botox to treat your fine lines and wrinkles:

  • Weak forehead muscles
  • Have difficulty swallowing
  • Have had facial surgery
  • Have a skin infection
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Are allergic to any ingredients in Botox.

If you have any questions when it comes to if you are a good candidate for Botox treatment, a medical professional will be happy to discuss the treatment with you and help to determine if you are a good fit. Just like with any other medical treatment, discussing the procedure with a medical professional before the procedure is ideal.