Botox injections block certain chemical signals from nerves, mostly signals that cause muscles to contract. The most common use is to temporarily relax the facial muscles that underlie and cause wrinkles.
Targeted areas often include:
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Crow’s-feet, the lines that fan out from the corners of the eye
- Forehead furrows
Botos injections are also used for excessive sweating.
When is Botox most effective?
Botox is only effective in treating wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle movements. Because it is non-invasive and painless, younger patients often choose to begin injections as soon as wrinkles begin to appear. When Botox is not the appropriate treatment, other cosmetic issues can often be addressed by the same doctor or clinician. Older patients often require more extensive interventions.
How long will it last?
For most patients, Botox treatments last between three and six months. There are some areas of the face, though, that can see positive improvements for as long as a year. Keeping wrinkles at bay is as simple as returning to the clinic as needed for further injections. There is no downtime, meaning after the 10-20 minute procedure, you can get back to your day faster.
Are there any side effects?
Botox injections are reported to cause minimal discomfort lasting only a few seconds after the needle has been removed. While there are no permanent side effects officially recognized by the FDA, it is possible that punctures to small blood vessels in the area being treated may cause some bruising. This side-effect is not typical and only lasts from five to ten days.