BOTOX® is a simple cosmetic procedure that involves the use of a nerve-affecting agent to prevent the appearance of smile lines and forehead folds. We are often asked about whether the benefits of this treatment outweigh the possible negative effects. The answer is a definitive yes. The risks are extremely minimal, and there is zero chance of the solution causing health problems.
Those who undergo this outpatient procedure begin to notice a smoothing of the facial skin within just a day or two, and the positive results often last up to six months or more. Even better, the facial muscles become trained to stay relaxed, meaning that subsequent treatment sessions require the use of less and less of the BOTOX® solution.
The Best Candidates for BOTOX®
BOTOX® is effective in minimizing the appearance of fine wrinkles and crow’s feet that become noticeable when we smile, frown or make other facial expressions.
Thinning skin, a decrease in collagen production and a loss of skin moisture are the main causes of smile lines and horizontal folds on the forehead and elsewhere.
Mature adults who experience these signs of aging benefit from BOTOX® because the muscles of the face do not contract as much after the fluid is injected. This means that smiling and frowning is still easy, but the skin on the face is no longer pulled or relaxed as much as before.
How BOTOX® Works
BOTOX® is derived from a purified protein solution which acts as a nerve-affecting agent. When injected beneath the skin, the solution prevents signals from the brain to be transmitted to the facial muscles. The muscles no longer fully contract, and this prevents wrinkles from appearing.
What Patients Should Know
Before we perform BOTOX® injections, we meet with the patient and take a close look at where facial wrinkles appear when certain expressions are made, such as smiling or frowning. This allows us to mark the most suitable injection sites.
The patient doesn’t need to adjust his or her habits prior to receiving the injections. No changes in diet or medications are needed.
After receiving the injections, normal activities can be resumed immediately. There is no downtime, and the sensation of facial numbing dissipates over the next several days.
Learn More About BOTOX®
At Athena Plastic Surgery in Stuart, we can provide you with all of the facts about BOTOX® and how it can restore your face to its more youthful appearance. BOTOX® is approved by the FDA and is one of the most popular treatments for facial wrinkles because it involves no surgery or abrasive resurfacing.
Contact our office today to schedule your appointment and begin your journey to looking years younger.