Botox – Smooth Away the Years
One of the most common signs of aging is facial wrinkles. Lines and creases are produced by facial movements that are repeated over time such as smiling, laughing, frowning or squinting. Wrinkles can make you look old, tired or angry even when you’re not. A safe and quick solution to the problem of unwanted facial wrinkles is Botox injections. Other brand names, such as Dysport and Xeomin are also available.
Botox is a non-surgical procedure designed to help improve or eliminate unwanted lines and wrinkles on the face such as laugh lines, crow’s feet and forehead creases. Wrinkles resulting from sun damage or the effects of gravity don’t respond to Botox.
Millions of men and women have chosen Botox to eliminate or soften facial lines because it can produce noticeable results fast without the need for surgery, anesthesia or recovery time. A very fine needle is used for the injections and the procedure only takes a few minutes.
Ever since its approval by the FDA for use as a cosmetic treatment in 2002, Botox has been widely used to successfully treat wrinkles and facial creases. The popularity of Botox has made it one of the most common nonsurgical cosmetic procedures that doctors perform every year.
Botox is derived from a strong neurotoxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. It is diluted to a very safe level for use in cosmetic procedures. A common belief is that Botox paralyzes the muscles in the face, but this is a misconception. Botox actually works by blocking the signals from the nerves to the muscles. Since the muscles can’t contract, the wrinkles diminish and soften, giving your skin a smoother, younger looking appearance.
In Nevada, where we have a single use, single patient, single time law on using botox, we will use all 50 units in the vial, but use just the right amount of Botox keeps the muscles from forming as many wrinkles, while still allowing the patient to have limited movement of the affected areas. Botox isn’t meant to keep you from creating facial expressions, but to give you a more relaxed, rested and happy look.
Your doctor may require that you avoid alcohol at least one week prior to your procedure and discontinue the use of aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before treatment to reduce the chance of bruising.
You may see results of Botox within a few days, but it usually takes up to a week after the procedure for the full effect to become noticeable. Patients should understand that Botox is a temporary solution that normally lasts about four to six months before lines and wrinkles begin to reappear, requiring additional treatments. However, as the facial muscles slowly weaken from not being used, repeated Botox treatments can last increasingly longer.
Photographs are usually taken prior to the procedure so patients can see the results for themselves. Most patients are amazed at the difference in their appearance after a Botox treatment.
While there are surgical procedures available that are used to treat forehead and facial wrinkles such as a brow lift or face lift, facial cosmetic surgery may not be necessary for every individual. Botox is an effective treatment that can successfully delay or greatly reduce the need for a surgical procedure to eliminate facial wrinkles.
Having Botox injections may seem like a simple procedure that anyone can do because it appears to be an ordinary series of shots. However, the skillful application of Botox injections is something only an experienced healthcare professional should perform.
Since there are a total of 43 muscles in your face, it is of vital importance that the person performing the Botox injections fully understands facial anatomy to correctly identify the precise locations for each injection.
In order to increase the effectiveness of the treatment and preserve your natural facial expressions, your doctor will carefully inject Botox only into those specific muscles that are producing wrinkles. This also decreases the chances of any complications.
Botox injections generally take less than 15 minutes to perform. Of course, the number of injections that you may require will usually depend upon several factors like facial features and the degree of wrinkling. For example, crow’s feet can require two or three injections of Botox, while forehead lines might take four or more.
To help you achieve the look you desire, Botox can be combined with other cosmetic skin procedures. Certain combinations of therapies can help prevent the formation of new lines and wrinkles. Be sure to ask your cosmetic surgeon, or schedule a consultation at Las Vegas Laser & Lipo.