One of the greatest concerns for men and women regarding their appearance is the slow accumulation of lines and wrinkles on the face. For most people, the appearance of wrinkles is synonymous with the onset of aging, which causes a general loss of self-confidence.

Modern therapies have discovered a lot of techniques and medications that can stop the onset of wrinkles, creating a more youthful appearance. There are many chemical compounds based on botulinum toxin (used for cosmetic procedures) that are sold under the brand name Botox.

How Does Botox Work?

In the human body, the nerves send signals to the muscles in order to tell them to make movements. This happens constantly during the course of a day alone. As the muscles of the face are used to repeatedly make the same movements and expressions, it becomes more difficult for them to relax. These contracted muscles cause the overlying skin of the face to form fine lines.

Botox has botulinum toxin as its base component. This component is a neurotoxin that inhibits the nerve activity, causing a temporary reduction of the activity of muscles in the treated part of the body.

How Is Botox Used on the Body?

Botox is used as an intramuscular injection, where a small amount of the drug is introduced into the muscles of the face. This causes the relaxation of the facial muscles, allowing for a smoother appearance of the skin.

The full effects of the drug are visible after around seven to ten days from the date of the injection. The muscles of the region gradually regain full function within three to four months of treatment. The treatment process can be continued for as long as the patient wants the treatments to be done.

Since Botox is provided as an injection, it only takes 15 minutes to administer the drug, including all clinical tests that are needed to be performed for each application.

Where Can Botox Be Used?

The most common regions where Botox is used are near the temples, on the forehead, between the eyebrows, on the chin, and around the lips. One major benefit of Botox is that with long-term use of the drug, the muscles of the face start to require smaller amounts of the drug to treat the formation of wrinkles.

Am I a Good Candidate for Wrinkle Reduction with Botox?

Botox can be taken by nearly everyone who is worried about their fine lines and wrinkles. If you’re looking for an injectable that can provide a more youthful facial appearance, this treatment may be perfect for you. It should not be used by patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Botox is especially ideal for those who are worried about the idea of surgical wrinkle correction, since it requires no incisions or scalpels. Because of this, patients will not need to deal with the periods of downtime associated with many surgical cosmetic procedures. Instead, they will be able to immediately return to their regular schedule.

Get in Contact for a Consultation

Doctors Matthew Romans and Jeremy Silk, two skilled board-certified plastic surgeons with years of experience, will be available to discuss Botox injections during a consultation. Set up your consultation – contact our office today.