Are you starting to notice more wrinkles? Do you want stop your facial wrinkles from getting deeper? If so, Botox may the perfect non-surgical treatment for you. Botox is a form of Botulinum that can reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face.
Repeated facial movements etch lines into the skin, similar to paper that’s been folded over and over. When we are young, the skin bounces back into place. But as collagen and elastin decline over time, the lines remain and become deeper. Modern anti-aging treatments like Botox were developed to minimize the amount of facial muscle movement, thereby preventing wrinkle formation for skin that looks youthful and refreshed.
Botox which is a type of neurotoxin is a prescribed medicine that is injected into muscles to improve the look of moderate to severe lines, and to give you a more youthful appearance.
Botox injections block certain chemical signals from nerves, mostly signals that cause muscles to contract. Halting muscle movement, Botox cosmetic stops expression lines and other similar facial wrinkles. The most common use of these injections is to temporarily relax the facial muscles that underlie and cause wrinkles, such as:
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Crow’s-feet, the lines that fan out from the corners of the eyes
- Forehead furrows, the horizontal lines that form when you raise your eyebrows
It takes 1 ½ – 2 hours to bind to the nerve after injection; during the next 1-2 days effects start to appear, peaking around 1-4 weeks. This peak level is steady then starts to gradually decline at 3-4 months. Because of Botulinum A intercellular site of action, the toxin takes between 2-10 days from injection to exert its maximum clinical effect. As the toxin wears off your wrinkles will gradually return but they are not any worse than before the treatment.
There is no downtime after your Botox treatment. It takes about 15 minutes, and is painless. It is not necessary to anesthetize the area to be treated due to minimal discomfort, but ice or a numbing cream may be used if needed. You will be asked to remain upright for 4 hours after your Botox treatment, and to workout prior to your appointment.
The Palisades Vein Center and Medical Spa offers three different neurotoxins. You will discuss with your practitioner which is best for you.