Fine lines and wrinkles can make you look much older than you actually feel. However, they are a part of life. As you grow older, many different things will lead to lines on your face, like the environment, the sunlight, your makeup, your diet, and your age. If you feel that you could look younger without those wrinkles, then you just need to know an option that will work for you. You may be considering Botox, but if you are like many, then you are afraid of choosing an injection you don’t know much about. If you want to consider it, all you need to do is learn the details of Botox and you can choose it for your own treatment.
Botox Injections from Dr Braun (Photo credit: Vancouver Laser & Skincare Centre)
Just What Is a Botox Treatment?
The main reason wrinkles form is the way you hold the muscles in your face regularly. This is why we call them laugh lines or frown lines. In order to allow the skin to relax and smooth over, those muscles have to relax too. This is what Botox is used for. Made from a protein, this is an injection that allows the muscles to relax and smooth over. It is made from bacteria, but it is made safe through laboratory processes.
As the muscles stay relaxed over time, the skin will be allowed to smooth as well. It is often used on the forehead, around the mouth, and at the corners of the eyes.
Is It Uncomfortable?
As with any medical treatment, you may be concerned about discomfort. However, Botox is minimally invasive. All that is involved is a few shots directly into the facial muscle of concern. It only takes a few minutes per treatment and most patients report little or no discomfort at all.
The best part of getting a Botox treatment is that it doesn’t even disrupt your daily life. You can get the injections on your lunch break and go right back to work. This is very different from almost any other cosmetic procedure you could consider.
For Botox to have the best chance of working, you must follow your doctor’s orders for all aftercare procedures. Your physician will give you specific details, but some of them include:
- Don’t rub the area of the injection the day after the treatment.
- You may be asked to avoid lying down for a few hours after the injections.
- Avoid strenuous activities the day after your treatment.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure.
When Will I See Results of Botox?
There are many factors that will affect how quickly you will see results. For many, results will start to appear about two days after the treatment. However, don’t be disappointed if it takes longer. Some people don’t see full results for up to two weeks after the Botox injections.
As far as lasting ability, most people get to enjoy the results of Botox for about four months before they need another treatment?
Botox is used for fine lines and wrinkles. It will allow the muscles to relax and give the skin time to smooth out. It can be the perfect option for anyone who wants to look younger and fresher in the face. Remember that if you choose to get Botox treatments, you must choose a professional. Always ask for certifications and proof of training before you allow anyone to give you an injection. Botox is a prescription drug, and that means only licensed professionals are allowed to administer it.
Dr. Michael Barakate is a pediatric and adult otolaryngologist located in Sydney, Australia offering health and wellness information at ENTWellbeing.com.au.
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