Have you ever looked at someone who seems much younger than they actually are, and wonder what their secret is? Do you also want to take years off your face and reverse the visible signs of aging?
Once considered a luxury, restricted to movie stars and other celebrities in the public eye, today Botox is widely accessible. It’s fast becoming the treatment of choice for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and creases in aging skin.
What is Botox?
Botox has gained widespread popularity as an anti-wrinkle treatment, especially for chin and lip lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet around the eyes, and small wrinkles at the corner of the mouth. The procedure is basically an injection of purified botulism protein (produced by clostridium botulinum bacteria) under the skin.
Botox injections are one of the safest ways to take years off your face, without the risks involved in cosmetic surgery. However, they must be administered by a trained physician, so that you retain natural facial movement and expression even after the treatment.
When Do You Need Botox Injections?
This simple and effective non-surgical solution can help correct:
- Facial wrinkles
- Fine lines
- Expression lines
- Aging skin
- Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating
How Does Botox Work?
Wrinkles and lines can be caused by collagen depletion, cellular changes, hormone loss and free radical damage. It can also be caused by muscle contractions, since concentrating, squinting and frowning can lead to furrows and folds in your skin. Over time, these remain in place even when your facial muscles are no longer contracted.
Botox is injected into specific facial muscles, to relax them and smooth out lines on the skin to make you look younger. It also blocks nerve signals and prevents fatigued muscles from contracting, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
How Long Does It Take?
The procedure only takes around 15 minutes, and you will see a noticeable improvement within 1-2 weeks. The effects last around 4-6 months, after which it will need to be repeated.
After the Procedure
It takes 90 minutes for Botox to bind itself to your muscles, so try not to touch or rub the treated site, or move around too much. Sit up straight for the duration if possible, since lying down flat may allow the toxin to migrate into your eyelids.