Botox® Cosmetic is a purified protein that temporarily relaxes muscles in order to smooth out lines and wrinkles.
What is Botox® Cosmetic?
Botox® Cosmetic is a purified protein that temporarily relaxes the facial muscles in order to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. They can be injected in many areas of the face, including the following common sites: between the brows, the forehead and around the eyes. There are other areas that can be injected, such as in the chin (to prevent an “orange peel” look), the underarms (to reduce excessive sweating) and the nose (for bunny lines). With the right amount of Botox placed in the proper muscles, you can have natural movement while maintaining a youthful look.
How Botox® Cosmetic works
Botox® Cosmetic works by blocking the communication between the brain and the injected muscles. Without this interaction, muscles lay dormant and therefore do not make active expression. After a couple months, the blockage slowly begins to fade so that the muscles regain their activity.
What to expect during your appointment
Before your treatment, we will analyze your muscle movement and strength. This will help us determine the amount of Botox® needed and where it should be injected. If you’d like, you can choose from a variety of pain reducers to minimize discomfort during your appointment. A precise amount of product is carefully placed into each site for maximum, lasting results. The entire procedure takes only 5-10 minutes.
Length of results
You will begin to feel the effects 3-5 days after the treatment, with maximum results achieved at 1-2 weeks. The longevity of Botox depends on three main things: your metabolism, your muscle strength and how active those muscles are. Some people will metabolize the product very quickly and will therefore need injections more often. Similarly, the stronger your muscles are, the more product you will need. Muscles we use frequently, such as the ones around the mouth and eyes, will need to be injected more often since they are more active. Typically, results last anywhere between 2-4 months.