Throughout our lives, we make hundreds of thousands of facial expressions. These expressions occur when our facial muscles contract and can result in lines and wrinkles. Botox can help to temporarily smooth forehead lines, lines between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet for a more youthful appearance.
What is Botox?
Botox is a neuromodulator made up of botulinum toxin type A. It works by blocking the nerve signals that cause facial muscles to contract. This relaxes the muscles, temporarily smoothing lines and wrinkles. Botox can also be used to balance facial asymmetry and relax neck bands.
What to Expect During Treatment
Botox injections are done in-office and on an outpatient basis. While anesthetic is not commonly needed, a topical numbing solution can be applied prior to treatment on request. A very short and thin needle will be used to inject the Botox into the targeted areas, causing virtually no pain. The number of injections needed will differ depending on your desired result. Treatment is very quick, only lasting about 10 minutes.
There is no downtime associated with Botox injections, so you can be on your way right after treatment! Following Botox injections, temporary swelling, bruising, and redness may occur. Results can take up to two weeks to become apparent. A Botox injection usually lasts 3-4 months and can be repeated as necessary when wrinkles reappear.
To find out if you are a candidate for Botox cosmetic, contact Dr. Lorraine Golosow for your personal consultation. We serve patients in the Ft. Myers area.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Botox lift eyebrows?
A Botox brow lift can be performed by injecting a small amount of Botox in the inner area of each brow, helping it to drop slightly, allowing the outside edges to appear lifted in comparison.
Does Botox make you look older when it wears off?
No, when Botox wears off, you will look as you did prior to your first injection. If you have been getting Botox for several years, your natural aging process will have a gradual effect on your appearance that is helped by Botox injections for dynamic wrinkles.
Is 50 too old for Botox?
Not at all. Many people in their 50s and even 60s receive Botox injections every year.
Is Botox a steroid?
Botox is a neuromodulator, derived from the neurotoxin botulinum toxin a. It is not a steroid nor a dangerous substance when used correctly.
Should I move my face after Botox?
Feel free to move your face, but avoid pressing on it or making extreme expressions for 24 hours or more.
What age should I start Botox?
Theres no wrong age to start getting Botox. In fact, some studies show that regular Botox injections can help prevent some wrinkles from forming prematurely when people begin treatments in their early 30s or even late 20s.
What is Botox used for?
Botox is used to dampen the muscle activity that leads to facial wrinkles and folds when making certain expressions, such as smiling or frowning.
How long does Botox last?
Botox lasts a different amount of time for everyone, but usually needs to be re-administered every three to four months.
Is Botox good for under eye wrinkles?
Botox is ideal for wrinkles around the eyes, like crows feet and frown lines, but should not be injected directly under the eye, as it can cause unfavorable drooping.
Can Botox help sinuses?
No, Botox is only injected superficially, never deep enough into the face to affect the sinus cavity.
Can Botox age you?
Botox does not age you, but its possible that you can feel you appear older once you stop getting Botox treatments. This is a testament to how effective Botox is rather than a negative factor.
Can I go for a walk after Botox?
You can take a leisurely walk after Botox but avoid elevating your heart rate. Being too active can negatively impact your results after injectable treatments.