Aging is inevitable. As we age, we use the same facial muscle groups over and over again in the exact same ways – smiling, frowning, laughing, chewing, etc. Because of this, it becomes harder for these muscles to relax. Instead, they stay stuck in these positions, leading to the bunching of the overlying skin and the formation of wrinkles.
When you want to face the world with confidence, wrinkles and lines can dampen your spirits. Traditionally, a facelift surgery was the only option to address the wrinkles, but now, Botox is available to restore your skin to its former glory!
Botox is the name given to botulinum toxin, which is an FDA-approved cosmetic treatment for wrinkles and fine lines. It is administered as an injection using very fine needles into the muscles of the areas that need treatment.
Botox works by blocking acetylcholine, a chemical that helps muscles contract. Because of this blocking effect, the muscles are prevented from the excessive contraction that is responsible for wrinkle development. The muscles can relax, resulting in firm, youthful, wrinkle-free skin.
Botox is also approved to treat medical conditions that are the result of excessive contractions of the muscles, such as blepharospasm, which is the uncontrolled blinking of the eye muscles. Botox is also effective in treating migraine headaches, overactive bladder, and excessive underarm sweating.
Botox is among the top cosmetic treatments Americans undergo, with more than 5.7 million procedures being performed in 2017. Most people prefer Botox as a cost-effective, safe, and efficient way to address laugh lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, chin wrinkles, vertical neck bands, and more.
Any adult with good overall physical and mental fitness with fine lines and wrinkles is an ideal candidate for Botox. Harsh wrinkles like the nasolabial folds may require a different injectable for effective treatment.
If you have certain health conditions or are taking certain prescription drugs, you may not be an optimal candidate for Botox. Discuss your health conditions and any current medications you are taking with Doctor Shah during your consultation.
Botox is known as a lunch-break treatment, since it can be performed in a matter of minutes with zero downtime. The procedure takes 15 minutes or less to complete and there is no anesthesia needed.
The number of treatment sessions is determined based on the number of wrinkles and their locations. There are no serious side effects, just a little redness and bruising, which subside within few days.
The results become evident within a week and can last between four to six months. The amount of Botox needed in subsequent treatments may be lower as the muscles get trained to stay in a relaxed state.
Doctor Bivik Shah is an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who will be happy to help you address your age lines and wrinkles with Botox. To find out more about this injectable treatment, contact our office today and schedule an informative consultation.