Why is Botox such a dominant force in the treatment space? The answer is pretty simple: it addresses fine lines and wrinkles, one of the most common conditions that men and women experience as they age. Plus, when one of the only other alternatives is surgery, it is a lot more convenient for patients to go for regular Botox appointments instead.
Botox is a brand of botulinum toxin. There are various brands that may be used.
How does botox work?
Botox is most commonly used to treat three moderate-to-severe conditions: frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines. By injecting the toxin directly into the muscles that control these problematic areas, your regular, daily facial expressions will no longer cause those muscles to contract. The maximum effects are seen up to 2 weeks and the effects last approximately 3 to 4 months.
Am I a candidate for botox?
It is important to remember that the best candidates for any procedure have good general health, are maintaining a healthy body weight and do not smoke. It is also critical that you have realistic expectations of the results that can be achieved with Botox.
Some people believe that you need to be over a certain age to start receiving Botox treatment, but that is not the case. It is your anatomy that determines your eligibility — not your age.
In fact, the same 2019 ASPS report showed that of the 7,697,798 botulinum toxin type A injections performed last year, 19% of them — about 1,433,231 injections — were completed on people between the ages of 30 and 39.
What can I expect from a botox procedure?
One of the best parts about Botox is how quick and easy the procedure is. Typically, it only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. Anesthesia may or may not be used, depending on your pain threshold. You may opt to use an ice pack to numb the treated area if you desire.
The procedure needs to be performed by someone who is trained and experienced in Botox injections. There is a total of 43 muscles in the face, and knowing how to correctly target them to provide effective and subtle results takes skill and precision.
What will recovery be like from botox?
It is usual for patients to experience minor pain, discomfort, swelling or redness in the injection areas, but these symptoms usually fade within 24 hours.
We advise all of our patients to do their best to avoid rubbing their face directly after the treatment. In some instances, it can cause the botulinum toxin to spread to a different area of the face, causing some temporary muscle weakness and drooping.
What kind of results does botox provide?
The regularity of your treatments will depend on your unique conditions and anatomy, but most patients enjoy results from a single treatment for up to four months.
People choose to get dermal fillers to enhance their facial features or gain a more youthful appearance. This elective treatment usually takes less than half an hour, and recovery time is minimal. Results are seen right away and last months to years depending on the type of filler and the location.
There are several kinds of dermal fillers. Your healthcare provider will discuss your options with you. As with any cosmetic procedure, there are risks, including infection, bleeding and bruising. Health insurance plans generally don’t cover elective cosmetic procedures such as filler injections.