Botox injections are a non-surgical treatment used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles that have developed on the face caused by repeated motion. These facial wrinkles are usually caused by the contraction of delicate facial muscles which reside underneath the skin surface. These injections relax the muscles and help prevent facial lines from forming for a period of time through facial expressions that are often made each day.
Some examples of the winkles that Botox is used to treat are:
- The fine lines found around the eyes which are called “crow’s feet” and are the direct result of us smiling and squinting.
- The vertical lines between the eyebrows which are called “elevens” or “frown lines” and these occur when we concentrate or are angry.
It can even be used to lift the corners of the mouth to prevent sagging of the skin and avoid an angry or upset expression. Those who want optimal results can combine Botox with injectable fillers to perform a liquid facelift.
How does Botox Work?
Botox is made from a neurotoxin and commonly referred to botulinum toxin type A. This botulinum toxin is then injected into the patients’ muscles and works to block the nerve impulses that cause muscles to contract and form facial wrinkles. BOTOX Cosmetic® is the most widely used treatment for wrinkle treatments, and it is the first to gain FDA approval. One thing to note is that after receiving the injections, you will still be able to laugh, smile, or frown, just without those annoying wrinkles. Typically, the duration of this treatment will last between three to six months. After that time frame, it is recommended to repeat these treatments to keep wrinkles from coming back. In some cases, an allergic reaction to Botox may occur. Most patients do not have an allergic reaction, however, those who have such a reaction should consider trying other wrinkle treatments such as Dysport or Xeomin.
What is the Process of Injecting Botox?
During your consultation, Dr. Jacono will determine the areas where Botox should be injected and how many units are needed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles that have formed. Wrinkles that are often treated include forehead creases, crow’s feet, lines between the eyebrows, and neckbands. Treatments for each patient are customized to achieve their desired results.
Features and Benefits of Botox
- Creates a more youthful appearance with NO DOWNTIME
- Improves the appearance of frown lines, forehead creases, “the elevens” (scowl lines between brows), crow’s feet and neckbands or cords
- Non-Surgical Browlift: Botox® Cosmetic can also be used to lift portions of the face and eyebrows
- Can be used to lift the corners of the mouth to prevent it from appearing downturned resulting in an angry or upset appearance
- Wrinkle treatments are custom tailored for each patient
- For optimal results, Botox® may be combined with injectable fillers (such as Juvéderm™ or Restylane®, Radiesse® or Perlane®) in a customized cocktail for the face. This cocktail is commonly referred to as the “Liquid Face Lift”
Facial Areas Treated with Botox
Neck Bands and Cords: Platysmal bands are the thick bands of muscles located on the front of the neck and can be softened using Botox in a very subtle way. This works extremely well on thin necks that have obvious muscle bands that show while chewing or grimacing.
Brow Lift: The corrugatior supercilli muscle located between the eyebrows and the orbicularis muscle located at the outer tail of the brow are both part of the muscle group that pulls the eyebrows down. A skilled injector such as Dr. Jacono can use Botox injections to lift, as well as, shape and tilt the brows.
Drooping Corner of Mouth, Frowning: Facial muscles called the depressor anguli oris control the corners of the mouth and frowning. These muscles are responsible for pulling down the corners of the mouth and creating a frown. To correct this, Dr. Jacono uses Botox injections into those muscles which prevent them from contracting. This allows the corners of the mouth to turn up.
Non-Surgical Nasal Tip Lift: This muscle pulls down on the tip of the nose and causes the droopy appearance. This muscle is called the depressor septi muscle and is located just below the nostrils. Dr. Jacono can fix a droopy nasal tip by injecting the botulinum toxin into the muscle to release it and causes a more upturned nose.
Chin Dimpling: Too many chin dimples can be caused by an overactive chin muscle called the mentalis. It is called a peau d’orange chin because it looks like the surface of an orange. By injecting a few units of botulinum toxin, it will look smoother.
Gummy Smile: Another issue Dr. Jacono can treat using Botox is called a gummy smile which results in a smile where the teeth are too exposed. This is caused by a hyperactive muscle called the lip elevators. Dr. Jacono injects two muscles called the levator labii superioris and levator labii superioris alaeque nasi and this will prevent the lip from elevating too much and showing the gums when you smile.
Pore Size: Botulinum toxin has been found to be helpful for acne sufferers. Injections made just under the skin affect the sebaceous or oil glands, which are the culprits behind oil production. Pore size can appear reduced and acne breakouts are diminished.
What is the Recovery Process after Botox injections?
There is no downtime required with the recovery process of getting Botox injections, making it easy to return to work or continue with your day’s plans after undergoing the wrinkle treatment.
Minor bruising and swelling may develop on the areas where the Botox injections are used but should alleviate after a few days. Icing the treatment areas following the procedure will help to reduce this from occurring.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Botox?
The ideal candidate for Botox is a healthy adult over the age of 18 who is suffering from the early signs of aging. Adults who in their 20s, 30s, and 40s can benefit the most from Botox. It’s important for candidates to also have realistic expectations of the results with wrinkle treatments. The injections are not ideal for those who have deep lines, which are often permanently etched into the surface of the skin and often require laser resurfacing or injectable fillers.
Candidates should not be on blood thinners or suffer from conditions that include myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton symptom. The treatment is also not for women who are pregnant, are breastfeeding, or plan to become pregnant in the near future.
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What is Botox?
Botox Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected to temporarily improve the look of lines and wrinkles on the face.
Does Botox have any side effects?
For most people there are no side effects, but you should read the consent form and discuss your medical history with your doctor.
How much Botox do I need?
Your doctor will be able to determine the correct dosage for your treatment areas.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are products that are injected into the soft tissue of your face to fill in wrinkles to temporarily improve their appearance.
How long do dermal fillers last?
Fillers can last from three months up to two years depending upon the type of filler that is being used and what area of the face is being treated.
How long will it take for Botox to begin working?
You may begin to see results within 24-48 hours but the full results may take up to 7 days.
Will Botox make me look fake?
When administered by a licensed and trained medical professional, botox should give you a natural refreshed look. If done correctly, you should still be able to show facial expressions.
Does bruising occur after Botox treatments?
Some people experience minor bruising. It is advisable to stop medications that can thin the blood prior to treatment but only if your doctor agrees.
Can I work out or continue my normal routine after Botox treatments?
Yes, you will be able to resume normal activities. Your doctor may give you specific aftercare instructions that you should follow.
How often should I get Botox treatments?
Botox can last up to 4 months and can be repeated as necessary.