Botox® has become a well-renowned anti-aging treatment. Its minimally invasive nature and lack of downtime make it a highly sought-after treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. While it targets fine lines and wrinkles, some younger patients use smaller doses of Botox® as a preventative wrinkle treatment.
What is Botox® Made of?
Botox® is a purified form of botulinum toxin. For years, it’s been used in medical procedures but has gained popularity in the cosmetic community. You can achieve a natural, relaxed, youthful look with a few injections without the frozen appearance.
How Does Botox® Work?
Botox® silences the nerve signals to specific facial muscles that cause crow’s feet, wrinkles between the eyebrows, and fine lines across the forehead. Relaxing the muscles makes your skin smoother with fewer wrinkles and fine lines.
When Should I Start Considering Botox®?
As Botox® has gained popularity, women have begun receiving injections earlier in life. Since it trains the muscles to stop pulling at the skin, young women can prevent wrinkles from forming in the first place.
Plastic surgeons recommend receiving Botox® treatments in your 30s or when the lines remain while your face is resting. Some women receive Botox® as early as 25 in smaller doses as a preventative treatment, but treatments should not start earlier.
What Can Botox® Treat?
Botox® can treat excessive sweating and some muscle spasms. In the cosmetic industry, Botox® typically treats:
- Forehead lines
- Frown lines (11’s, or glabellar lines)
- Crow’s feet (wrinkles around the eyes)
- Neck bands or other lines
Botox® treatment dosages depend on the extensiveness of aging signs, the treatment area, and your doctor’s discretion.
Is There Any Downtime with Botox®?
Botox® treatments require no downtime. The injection appointment lasts 10-15 minutes, meaning you can receive injections during your lunch break and return to work. You may experience some tenderness and swelling at the injection sites.
How Long Until I See Results with Botox®?
Since Botox® silences the nerve signals to the muscles, it takes time to see the effects. Most people see initial results within a few days, but final results may take up to two weeks to smooth hyper-dynamic wrinkles.
How Long Do Botox® Results Last?
Botox® treatments typically last 3-4 months, meaning you’ll need multiple treatments to maintain your results. With continuous injections, patients may see longer-lasting results. Botox® can train the muscles to prevent wrinkles from reforming.
Take the Next Step
Want to learn more about what you can expect from Botox®? Schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott A. Greenberg and his team at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). (407) 644-3137