Most people are aware that BOTOX helps you look more youthful and refreshed. But the science behind how BOTOX actually works is less understood. While BOTOX may seem magical, the mechanisms used to smooth away wrinkles and lines are actually quite straightforward. Below we’ll discuss how BOTOX achieves its goal of reducing lines and wrinkles while also delving into what you can expect as a first-time BOTOX patient.
What is botox, and how does it work?
BOTOX is the trademarked name for botulinum toxin. In small, controlled doses, this toxin is perfectly safe for cosmetic and medical purposes. The injectable works by temporarily blocking the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This disrupts the nerve signals that tell the brain to contract the facial muscles. With curtailed muscle movement, wrinkles and creases smooth out, making the face appear more relaxed and well-rested.
Note that BOTOX is only effective in treating dynamic lines that result from frowning, squinting, smiling, or laughing. For the treatment of static lines, dermal fillers are the go-to. However, neuromodulators like BOTOX and dermal fillers are often used together to further your anti-aging results and create a non-surgical facelift.
The non-cosmetic uses for BOTOX also center around the disruption of nerve signals and muscle relaxation. It is often used to curb an overactive bladder, crossed eyes, and cervical dystonia.
Is there any preparation for botox?
Before undergoing BOTOX injections, it’s important to let your doctor know if you’ve undergone any cosmetic procedures in the last few months and whether you are currently taking any muscle relaxers, sleeping pills, blood thinners, or allergy medications.
On the day of your treatment, a topical anesthetic can be applied, or ice can be used to numb the skin prior to your injections.
What happens during the procedure?
Ultra-thin needles are used to administer BOTOX, and most patients find the treatment painless. The total session time is less than 20 minutes.
What is the recovery like?
The nice thing about BOTOX treatments is that you can get right back to your normal activities after your injections. Avoid touching, rubbing, or massaging the treated areas, however, as this can cause the product to migrate to unintended areas. Results usually become visible within a few days and last for 3-5 months.
Are there side effects?
Most people don’t experience serious side effects with BOTOX. The most common symptoms are bruising, redness, and swelling at the injection sites. In the unlikely event that you experience any severe side effects, such as trouble breathing or severe pain, contact your provider immediately.
What is the takeaway?
Now that you know a bit more about how BOTOX works and what you can expect from the treatment process, you can better determine if the procedure is right for you. Contact your provider today and schedule a private consultation to discover the multiple advantages of BOTOX, including no downtime and results that last 3-5 months!