BOTOX® is a substance in which Botulinum Toxin is used to treat the visual signs of aging by minimizing wrinkles. It is considered a safe and effective means of dealing with aging eyebrows and “crow’s feet” around the eyes. BOTOX® has proven to be one of the best forms of non-surgical of facial rejuvenation.
What’s the difference between Botox® and dermal fillers?
Botox® is classified as a neuromodulator because it acts to block nerve messages and keeping muscles from contracting. Dynamic wrinkles form on the skin above a contracting muscle when we make common expressions such as frowning, squinting, or showing surprise. Botox stops these muscles from contacting so the wrinkle that forms above them never forms.
Dermal fillers do things in a completely different way. They are injected beneath a wrinkle, crease, or area of volume loss, and they simply fill the area back in, pushing up the skin. Fillers don’t have anything to do with muscles. They work on static wrinkles caused by sun damage, collagen loss, personal habits, and the like.
Who is a candidate for Botox®?
It depends on if you’re trying to erase dynamic wrinkles. These are the wrinkles that form on the upper third of the face and are caused by muscle contractions under the skin. If you want to address crow’s feet, the 11s between your eyebrows, and forehead lines, then Botox® is the answer.
However, if you want to do something about those creases and wrinkles on the lower half of your face — smile lines, marionette lines, parentheses lines, barcode lines, and the like — Botox is not the answer. In fact, Botox has no effect on those creases and lines because they aren’t caused by muscle contractions. Instead, those “static” wrinkles form due to sun damage, declining collagen production, personal habits such as smoking, and other factors. Static wrinkles show themselves at all times.
Static wrinkles are the domain of dermal fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane. When these fillers are injected beneath a crease, they instantly add volume, fill the space, and push the surface skin back upwards. This fills the crease or wrinkle.
Reasons For Considering BOTOX® Treatment
- Wrinkles on the face
- Forehead furrows
- “Crow’s feet” around the eyes
- “Frown lines” around the eyebrows
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What are the risks involved with Botox®? Are there side effects?
Botox® has been injected millions and millions of times around the world, and it has proven to be safe and effective. In fact, more and more uses keep being found for its muscle relaxing prowess. In addition to stopping involuntary eyelid spasms and erasing wrinkles, Botox has received FDA approval for treating migraine headaches, for cervical dystonia (neck spasms), strabismus (lazy eye), Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and even overactive bladder.
The typical side effects after a Botox® session are slight redness and possible minimal swelling at the injection sites. Some patients can develop a slight headache for a few hours. All of these issues typically resolve within a day or so. The one risk with Botox is having it injected into an incorrect muscle, as this can cause issues such as a drooping eyelid. His experience, training, and expertise as an expert of the head and neck ensure you’ll love your Botox results.
How long does a Botox® injection session take?
Botox was the original “lunchtime procedure” because you can come in during your lunch hour, have Dr. Lin inject your crow’s feet or your 11s, and get right back to work with time left over to grab a sandwich. Botox sessions only take 10-15 minutes. Because Dr. Lin injects Botox with such a tiny needle and it doesn’t need to be injected to great depth, there’s no need to use topical numbing cream, which would add time to your appointment waiting for the numbing to take hold.
How many Botox® treatment sessions will I need?
Botox® is a single treatment injectable. Once it fully relaxes the muscle three to four days after being injected, this is all you need. From there, Botox® will keep the muscle relaxed and your wrinkles erased for about four months.
A small amount of BOTOX® (typically 1-2 cc’s) is injected into the area of wrinkle. It acts by blocking impulses at nerve ending to corresponding facial muscles causing them to relax. An ice pack is then immediately applied upon completion of the BOTOX® treatment. The effects of BOTOX® treatments can last three to six months after which the procedure is repeated.
Normal activity is resumed immediately following the procedure. It is recommended that patients follow postoperative instructions to optimize outcomes. In the first 24 hours patients should avoid vigorous massaging or rubbing the injected area. Furthermore, patients should avoid intense physical exercise, applying cosmetics, or laying down flat for a minimum of 4 hours following the injections.
How long after a Botox® treatment will I see my results?
Unlike dermal fillers, which immediately fill in the areas under a line or crease and push the skin back upwards, Botox® doesn’t deliver immediate results. It takes some time for the botulinum toxin in Botox® to block the acetylcholine (nerve) messages sent from the muscle to the brain. Once these messages are blocked, the brain no longer receives the signal to contract the muscle, so it remains relaxed. Without these contractions the wrinkle on the surface skin doesn’t form. For Botox®, this usually takes about four days to fully stop the muscle contractions.