Certain cosmetic procedures have really grown in popularity over the past decade, but the use of Botox probably is the most spectacular. It went from being a novelty that was reserved for a few celebrities to being available basically everywhere for everyone. Still, not many people really understand the specifics of Botox. At K Plastic Surgery, we hear from curious clients every day with their questions on what it is, how it works, and whether it’s for them.
Botox differs from the majority of facial treatments, as it works by relaxing facial muscles, rather than adding body or filling wrinkles. When the muscles relax, wrinkles appear reduced and fine lines can disappear entirely. Botox is injected under the surface of the skin, sometimes coupled with a light anesthetic to minimize discomfort. The office visit usually only lasts a few minutes and the patients can go back to work or normal activities immediately afterwards.
If you’ve ever heard of folks heading out on their lunch breaks for Botox injections – it really does happen!
In terms of recovery times, it generally takes an hour or two for any residual swelling or redness to subside. Side effects are extremely rare and generally minor in nature, the most common being a mild headache or soreness of the surrounding skin. Unfortunately, Botox is not a permanent treatment and must be re-administered from time to time in order to preserve the effect, but the affordability and simplicity of the procedure makes it truly worthwhile.
Give the K Plastic Surgery team a call with your Botox questions – we’d be delighted to hear from you.