Throughout our lives, we make many different facial expressions every day. Repeated muscle contractions from raising our eyebrows, squinting, or frowning can cause the gradual formation of dynamic lines or wrinkles. Botox® is formulated to temporarily reduce muscle contractions to smooth over lines and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.
What is Botox®?
Botox® is the first and only FDA-approved treatment to temporarily soften moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines in adults. It is created with botulinum toxin type A, which reduces muscle contractions in the face, resulting in the softening of lines and wrinkles.
Be aware that there is no such thing as “generic” Botox®, so be skeptical of claims of cheap or discount products that claim to carry the Botox® name. FDA labeling states that Botox® is not interchangeable with any other product. If it doesn’t say “Botox® Cosmetic” on the vial, then it isn’t Botox®.
Who is a Candidate for Botox®?
Adults who are bothered by the appearance of dynamic lines and wrinkles can benefit from Botox®. It is important to know that because Botox® is made to treat dynamic lines, or those caused by repeated muscle contractions, it cannot treat static wrinkles that are associated with aging, sagging skin, sun damage, or loss of facial volume. You should not receive Botox® injections if you have a history of severe allergic reactions, have a facial or systemic nerve condition, or are pregnant or breastfeeding. The best way to determine if this treatment is right for you is through a consultation appointment at our Bellevue, WA office.
The Botox® Treatment
During your Botox® treatment in our office, your face will first be analyzed to determine the specific areas where Botox® should be injected. You may request ice to numb the area before injections, though many individuals do not need numbing since the treatment only feels like a pinch. The Botox® will be skillfully injected into the targeted areas, which can take from 10-30 minutes, depending on the number of injections needed. Each individual patient has different goals, so no two Botox® appointment will be the same.
Following Botox®, you may experience temporary redness, swelling, or bruising at the treatment sites. There is no downtime needed, so you can continue with your everyday routine once you leave the office.
You may begin to see results within 24-48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines, and enjoy full results in 1-2 weeks. The results of Botox® can last from 3-4 months before a touch-up treatment is needed. Botox® results are not permanent, and if you discontinue your injections then your lines will gradually return.
To learn more about how Botox® injections can help you achieve a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance, contact Pinnacle Dermatology & Skin Rejuvenation today! Your first step toward treatment will be to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our knowledgeable medical professionals.