As we age, despite our best efforts to take care of our facial skin, developing wrinkles seems inevitable. Whether it’s from the way we laugh and smile or how we look when we are worried, we can unintentionally create creases just from our facial expressions.
First used to relax facial muscles in 2002, BOTOX® now ranks as the most common nonsurgical cosmetic treatment, with approximately six million treatments performed each year. At The Facial Center, we administer the injections regularly and have extensive experience helping our clients achieve a more youthful appearance.
How it Works
BOTOX stands for botulinum toxin. While it can be fatal in high concentrations, when used in a very small dose, the toxin has positive medical effects. Among the problems it can address are migraines, excessive perspiration, and certain muscle spasms.
At The Facial Center, our medical practitioners inject this purified protein toxin into the face, causing the facial muscles to relax. It works by preventing the release of acetylcholine, thereby stopping the contraction of the muscle cells.
The ultimate goal is for the muscles that cause wrinkles to work less but not to become paralyzed. Our clients should be able to express themselves while avoiding frowning and grimacing habits that create facial creases.
Maintaining Youthful Skin
When you arrive for your first appointment, we will assess your medical situation, asking if you have any allergies or if you are pregnant. Once we have determined you are a good candidate for BOTOX, our practitioner will confirm with you what areas you want to be treated. Generally, these are the areas around the eyes where crow’s-feet develop and the muscles between the eyebrows.
You will then sit on an examination table in a semi-upright position for the procedure to take place. After wiping off the areas with a nonalcoholic cleanser and possibly a numbing cream, up to five injections will be made to the forehead and as many as three per eye. Direct pressure to the treated areas will help prevent bruising and stop any bleeding.
We ask our clients to rest for several minutes on the examination table and not to lay down for as many as four hours. To prevent bruising, don’t take pain relievers, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, and don’t engage in strenuous exercise for the first few hours.
You won’t see the effects immediately. It usually takes as many as 72 hours for you to notice the positive results. Keep in mind that BOTOX simply relaxes the muscles and therefore makes wrinkles less prominent. Deeper creases will still be there, but they won’t be as evident. Finer lines will seem to disappear completely. You can expect the results of BOTOX to last around three or four months, as this is the average timeframe. Follow-up procedures can be done after this period to restore the original effects of the injections.
Inform your practitioner should you notice any negative side effects, including nausea, headache, blurred vision, and hives. These are rare but should be investigated.