The expressions you make most often like smiling, frowning, and laughing, can cause permanent unsightly vertical frown lines around the mouth, wrinkles on the forehead, and crows’ feet around the eyes. One of the most effective tools for treating such wrinkles is BOTOX, and BOTOX injections are one of the most frequent procedures we perform.
BOTOX is an injectable serum made from a natural, purified protein from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This protein acts like a wall that stops the chemical signals from your nerve endings that tell your muscles to contract. When injected, it freezes the muscles around the problem area, thereby preventing them from contracting and forming wrinkles in the skin above them. The injections are most effective for forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines (located in between the eyes), though certain other areas of the face and neck can be treated as well.
When BOTOX is administered, the natural mobility of your facial muscles is maintained.
Despite your mother’s dire warnings, BOTOX will not immobilize your ability to make all facial expressions—only your face’s ability to make wrinkles. Most patients find the results to be natural and pleasing, without any fear of a “frozen” appearance. Results from BOTOX injections typically last about 3-4 months, although some patients find that they do not have to have repeat injections for 4-6 months.
To begin, a licensed healthcare professional will prepare your BOTOX injection. The concentrated white powder that is BOTOX will be mixed with saline before injecting to ensure the greatest effect. The number of units used and injections given is determined by the strength of your muscles and the amount of resting wrinkles that you present with.
Once the BOTOX solution is prepared, the healthcare professional will begin preparing the sites for the injections by cleaning the skin. Ice packs can be used to cool the skin and numb the area, although most clients find this unnecessary. Using a very precise microneedle, your licensed healthcare professional will inject BOTOX into several predetermined areas.
This is not considered a painful procedure, with many patients comparing the sensation to a bug bite. As the BOTOX takes effect, the affected muscles will relax, thereby causing the skin overlaying the muscles to relax in turn. It takes about 3-7 days to observe the full effect. It is best to give the BOTOX a full 7 days before judging the final result.
Bruising around the injection sites is usually minimal and temporary, easily covered by makeup. Crow’s feet and forehead injections typically bruise more than other treatment areas.
The effects of the injections can last anywhere from three to four months with no side effects. It is recommended that you renew the injections regularly to maintain the wrinkle-reducing effects of BOTOX. Fortunately, the procedure is simple and can often be done on your lunch break. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Texas Center for Breast & Body at (713) 794-0368 today!
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