What is Botox?
Botox is an FDA-approved skin injectable that’s designed to smooth away the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the forehead and around the eyes (crow’s feet). Botox is perhaps one of the most well-known examples of anti-aging skin injectables, and for good reason – it can help quickly minimize the appearance of wrinkles while providing subtle lift to sagging eyebrows and eyelids.
Botox has also been recently approved by the FDA to treat hyperhidrosis and even migraines, making it a one-stop injectable for a myriad of health and aesthetic issues.
Candidates for Botox
The best candidates for Botox are patients who may have noticed significant frown lines and furrows on their forehead. Some candidates may also want to use Botox to minimize the appearance of crow’s feet at the corners of their eyes.
*Individual results may vary
How Does It Work?
Botox contains botulinum toxin type A, which interrupts the signals between the brain and the nerves within the muscles of the injection site. When these nerves no longer receive notifications from the brain to move, they become less active; this ends up causing the corresponding muscles to relax. As a result, the skin at the treatment site becomes smoother, which minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
The effects from Botox usually last about 3-6 months. Botox injections can be customized to achieve the patient’s desired results.
Is It Painful?
Botox isn’t painful, but some patients who are afraid of needles might find it uncomfortable. For that reason, your provider may use a numbing cream before your injection to help ease any discomfort you might have.
Is There Any Downtime?
There’s no downtime associated with Botox; patients can continue on with their normal routines immediately after treatment. It is recommended that patients avoid the gym for the first 24 hours after injection; additionally, patients may want to avoid lying down for 6-12 hours after their treatment.