Botox is the most effective way to improve dynamic wrinkles which include the frown, forehead, and crow’s feet. These are wrinkles which are formed from the motion of muscles in the local area. Both products are a dilute bacterial toxin that is directly injected into a specific muscle to weaken its motion. Although Botox injections need to be repeated every 3-4 months, after a few treatments many patients notice that the effects last longer between treatments as the muscles are retrained to relax.
When we smile or frown, muscles in the face pull on the skin of the forehead and eye area, causing crow's feet and forehead lines to form. These are called dynamic wrinkles because they occur as a result of motion. Botox blocks nerve signals from those facial muscles, preventing them from “talking” to the brain. As a result, the lines and wrinkles don't form.
No, Botox can only be used to treat dynamic wrinkles. Static wrinkles that occur as a result of loose, sagging skin are not affected by Botox.
Immediately after your injections, the area may be slightly swollen, red or mildly bruised, but these side effects will dissipate quickly. The effects of the Botox injections will become dramatically noticeable within a few days, and will continue to improve, reaching their maximum effect in about four weeks.
Botox injections last about four months. However, people who have had several series of injections may find the wrinkles and lines that form once the Botox has worn off are less severe, as muscles “learn” to relax.
Botox uses a very fine needle – much finer than the needle used for vaccinations – to deliver the chemical solution directly to the muscles in the forehead and eye area. The number of injections you need will depend on the size of the area being treated. Most procedures last just a few minutes; afterward, you may use an ice pack to help the temporary swelling to resolve more quickly. You will be able to return to your routine immediately after treatment.
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