What is Botox?
Botox and other botulinum toxins are the first and only FDA-approved treatment to temporarily block muscle contractions, erasing the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, or fine lines caused by repeated facial movements. Common dynamic wrinkles include forehead lines, frown lines, glabellar (between the eyebrows) lines, laugh and lip lines and crow’s feet (around the outer eye areas). Botox injections take less than 10 minutes and have minimal downtime. The treatment lasts up to four months and can be repeated as necessary when facial wrinkles reappear.
While Botox is ideal for treating the appearance of visible wrinkles, it can also stop future wrinkles from forming. By inactivating a muscle before it starts to pull the skin, Botox prevents lines from forming and keeps current wrinkles from getting worse. So, if someone tells you that you’re “too young” for Botox, remember that preventative treatments are the key to healthy, youthful skin — your future self will thank you!
Because, who doesn’t love slowing down the aging process?
Typical Botox Treatment
The entire treatment process involves applying very low doses of Botox or Dysport in specific areas of the face. Almost no redness or swelling occurs following injection. No anesthesia is required and the entire procedure takes no more than 10 minutes.
Recovery and Results
After Botox treatment, patients may immediately return to work and resume normal activities, with the exception of getting a massage or facial or working out (you get to take the rest of the day off!). Give yourself 24 hours before a strenuous workout, hot tubs and saunas, or a massage/facial.
Treatment will gradually take effect in three to five days, and you’ll see full results in about two weeks.