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Botox® Cosmetic May be the Choice for You Botox®
Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) treatments provide real, noticeable results, no surgery and no recovery time. There are many reasons why BOTOX® Cosmetic has been chosen by millions of women and men, and their providers.
Aging skin and wrinkles result from a combination of many factors. It’s not just about cellular changes, collagen depletion, hormone loss, or damage caused by free radicals. For example, the vertical lines that appear between your brows are a result of muscle contractions. When you concentrate, squint, or frown, the muscles between your brows contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. After years of frequent contraction, those wrinkles can linger even after the muscles are at rest.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. It is most often used between the brows, on forehead lines, crow's feet (lines around the eye) and frown lines. Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox.
How is a Botox Treatment Performed?
Getting Botox takes only a few minutes and no anesthesia is required. Botox is injected with a fine, tinyneedle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes three to seven days to take full effect. It is best to avoid excessive alcohol and any blood-thinning supplements or medications at least 3 days before/after treatment to reduce chances of bruising. Discuss pre/post treatment instructions with your provider.
How Long Does a Botox Treatment Last?
Studies have shown visible results lasting up to four months, while some patients report results lasting up to six months. Your own results may vary. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to re-appear and wrinkles need to be re-treated. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are being trained to relax. If you are pleased with your BOTOX® Cosmetic results, you may want to consider a regular treatment plan, every 3-4 months, to help maintain them.
Who Should Not Receive Botox?
Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological disease should not use Botox. Since Botox doesn't work for all wrinkles, a consultation with your provider is recommended. Check out the Botox® Cosmetic Treatment Visualizer to see how Botox can help you!