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What is Botox?
Each day your face forms thousands of expressions. Some are repeated many times. Eventually, that draws skin into folds called dynamic wrinkles. Botox is a purified protein. Injected into precise points just beneath the skin, this neuromodulator interrupts signals from nerves that tell muscles to contract. As underlying muscles relax, skin smooths out and fine lines and wrinkles soften noticeably.
In experienced hands, Botox is a safe treatment that creates a natural-looking, refreshed appearance. Our injectors have rigorous training and a great deal of knowledge and skill with neuromodulators, understanding the subtle differences in women’s and men’s facial anatomy.
What are the benefits of Botox injections?
A typical treatment session takes about 20 minutes.
Since a very fine needle is used, there is minimal discomfort.
No downtime – you may return to work or other activities right away.
Results last several months.
Low risk of side effects. Some patients experience minor, temporary redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection sites. However, it can easily be concealed with makeup.
Patient satisfaction rate is high, and most are eager to schedule periodic touch up sessions to maintain their youthful look. With regular re-treatment, less Botox is needed and results last longer.
Am I a good candidate for Botox injections?
As with every cosmetic procedure, the best way to determine your candidacy for a wrinkle reduction treatment is to set up a private consultation with our team so we can examine your skin and answer your specific questions and concerns.
In general, patients suffering from dynamic wrinkles around the forehead, smoker’s lines, bunny lines, crow’s feet and lines around the glabella can all benefit strongly from Botox treatment. Botox can also be used to prevent future wrinkles from forming, which is great news for those who are just beginning to notice the unwanted signs of facial aging. Clients should be healthy physically and emotionally, and should be realistic in what they expect from their outcome.
How many injections will I need?
This depends on your unique goals and the needs of your skin. Your provider will discuss your treatment goals to determine how many injections you need in one treatment. Most parts of the face typically require 3-5 injections around the target area for optimal results.
You should begin to notice an improvement in your skin within 72 hours. Results can last up to four months for moderate to severe wrinkles.
Is there any recovery or downtime for Botox?
Botox is non-surgical, so you will be able to get up and go right back to your day after your session. However, there are a few important rules to observe. You should abstain from vigorous exercise for at least 24 hours, and avoid lying down for at least 4-6 hours after your Botox treatment.
Keep your hands away from the treatment area. No rubbing, massaging or irritating the injection points. Some minor swelling, bruising or redness may be present after your injections, but these are no cause for alarm. They will go away within a day or so.
5 OTHER USES FOR BOTOX
In addition to smoothing away wrinkles and achieving a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance, Botox can be used in a variety of other ways.
Excessive Sweating: Botox can be used to treat excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis. The nervous system usually activates your sweat glands to help cool the body when your body temperature rises. Patients who suffer from hyperhidrosis experience overactive sweat glands, causing excessive sweating that can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Botox is used to block the nerves that activate your sweat glands in specific areas. This successfully corrects excessive sweating.
Migraines: Botox can be used by qualified doctors trained in using Botox specifically to treat migraines. Botox can reduce the occurrence of migraines in about 70% of patients. Patients who were treated successfully found they experienced half the headaches they did before. Doctors believe Botox works effectively to reduce migraines because it blocks chemicals that carry pain signals from your brain that are transferred to the nerve endings around your head and neck. To treat migraines, Botox is injected once every 12 weeks.
Lip Flip: During a lip flip, Botox is injected into the Cupid's bow or indent at the middle of the upper lip and each corner of the mouth. These injections gently relax the muscles above the upper lip, which causes the upper lip to appear thin. The Botox injections cause the upper lip to unfurl and appear wider and more appealing. This injection provides a natural, attractive appearance.
Gummy Smile: Botox can be used to treat a “gummy smile,” a condition in which the lips rest higher on the gums, showing a gap above the top of the teeth and the bottom of the upper lip when you smile. The Botox treatment relaxes the top lip to release the lip more loosely, resulting in the upper lip covering more of your gums when you smile.
TMJ: Teeth grinding, or tension in the jaw from clenching muscles, can cause temporomandibular jaw (TMJ) disorder. Botox can benefit those suffering from temporomandibular dysfunction by being injected around the head and jaw to relieve muscle tension. Botox injections reduce involuntary muscle contractions to reduce tension headaches and TMJ.
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