Botox® is a brand name product used to diminish neck and facial lines and wrinkles. Also known as botulinum toxin therapy and botulinum rejuvenation, Botox is a popular cosmetic dermatology treatment therapy that can be performed in the office in a single visit.
How Does Botox Work?
Facial wrinkles such as crow’s feet lines at the corner of the eyes and frown lines between the eyes are caused by repetitive muscle contractions. Actions such as frowning and squinting can lead to wrinkle development. By injecting the affected muscles with purified botulinum toxin, also known as Botox, your dermatologist can block the nerve signals that cause muscle contraction. As the muscles relax, wrinkles and lines smooth and soften.
Botox works in the same way on neck muscles and can also be injected into underarm skin to block excessive sweating.
Before, During & After Botox Therapy
A pre-treatment consultation should be done prior to receiving Botox. This is the time to ask any questions you may have about Botox therapy or the injection procedure.
Your dermatologist will ask you about your medical history and discuss your expected results, any risk for complications and whether or not Botox is recommended for you.
The injections are done using very thin needles and no anesthesia is needed. Actual injection time is approximately 10 minutes. Avoid any strenuous activities such as heavy lifting or working out for two hours after treatment. After that time, you can return to your normal activities.
It is important to avoid rubbing or pressing the skin around the injection site to prevent Botox from spreading to other areas.
What Results Can I Expect With Botox?
The goal of Botox therapy is to produce a natural result. When performed correctly, Botox injections relax only the muscles causing the wrinkles while natural facial expressions remain intact.
Results are expected within 3 to 7 days after the procedure, although some patients report seeing changes even sooner. The effects of Botox neck and facial injections can be expected to last approximately 3 to 4 months, but some patients experience longer-lasting results. Underarm Botox works for around 6 months.
Possible Side Effects of Botox Injections
Side effects associated with Botox or the injections themselves are typically mild. They include:
- Minor tenderness at injection site
Very rarely patients complain of mild headache or temporary muscle weakness.
Botox injections should not cause numbness.
Botox Safety Tips
For the safest, best results, it’s important that you see a board-certified dermatologist for Botox therapy. Non-medical spas and home parties that offer Botox are not recommended and can be dangerous. Too much Botox or inaccurate injection has resulted in long-term muscle paralysis, Bell’s palsy and irreversible eye damage.