In recent times, the need to look younger has become all the rage. This need has driven them to seek solutions to aging in an attempt to slow down the process. Cosmetic procedures have been a huge blessing to such people, and one of the techniques that is commonly used is injection of Botox Cosmetic.

What Is Botox?

Botox, also known as onabotulinumtoxinA, is a drug that is prepared from a toxin produced by a strain of bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. This toxin is known for causing a kind of food poisoning called botulism, but doctors have found an incredible use for it. In small doses, this toxin is used to smooth away unwanted facial lines and wrinkles.

The Science Behind Botox

Botox is a neurotoxin that works by blocking nerve signals to the contracted muscles of the face, temporarily weakening these muscles. This results in relaxation and inactivity in the muscles, which in turn causes the muscles and overlying skin to become smooth. This effect can last for around four to six months.

Botox is typically used to smooth out the glabellar lines that form between the eyebrows. These lines can make a person appear constantly angry, unhappy, or tired. It is also used to treat horizontal forehead lines, vertical neck bands, chin wrinkles, and lipstick lines around the mouth, well as crow’s feet near the eyes.

Botox is often confused with injectable dermal fillers, but they work differently and are used for different purposes. Fillers are best for moderate to deep facial wrinkles, whereas Botox is typically better for shallow age lines.

How Are the Injections Performed?

Botox injections must be administered only by a professional medical practitioner. They are injected directly into the muscles of the face in very small doses. The doses may be injected into several areas of the face in order to achieve full smoothness. The doctor will not need more than 15 minutes to complete the injection process.

The results of your Botox injections will typically be visible within a few days, as Botox needs about four days for the toxin to attach itself to the nerve endings and prevent muscle contractions.

Which Factors Are Considered Before Botox Injections?

The results of Botox injections depend on several factors that could lengthen or shorten the period of efficiency. These factors include the following:

  • The patient’s age (since older people have less muscle tone and may experience fewer results than their younger peers)
  • The patient’s facial structure and expressions
  • Habits such as smoking and gum chewing
  • Diet and lifestyle
  • Sun exposure

Schedule an Appointment

As is the case with all injections and cosmetic procedures, Botox has the potential for complications, so anybody wishing to receive these injections should carefully discuss their medical history and intentions with their medical practitioner.

For an appointment to learn more about Botox Cosmetic, contact our office and schedule a consultation. You’ll be able to speak with Dr. Chase Lay, a skilled facial plastic surgeon with years of experience. Dr. Lay will be happy to recommend the proper treatment for your lines and wrinkles.