What is Botox?
Whenever a person laughs, smiles, or makes any kind of facial expression, the muscles of the face contract and, over time, this repeated action can cause permanent furrows and creases on the face. These wrinkles are found most prominently around the areas of the forehead, mouth, and the eyes. Botox is one of the leading non-surgical procedures for alleviating these obvious signs of aging and improving the appearance of moderate-to-severe lines and wrinkles around the face.
This injectable is a prescription medication synthesized from botulinum toxin type A, and is indicated for temporary improvement of moderate-to-severe wrinkles. Areas frequently treated by this condition are ‘crow’s feet’ around the eyes or lines on the forehead or brows, since these are areas most commonly affected by repetitive movement. When injected, Botox is placed directly into the underlying muscles of the affected areas to exert its effect. The substance blocks the receptors in the muscles, preventing signals from the brain that cause it to move. This technique is called neuromodulation, which is why Botox is sometimes called a neuromodulator. Immobilizing the muscles in these areas can reduce the tendency for the skin to crease and form fine lines that contribute to skin aging.
Who is a Candidate for Botox Treatment?
Patients who are looking for non-surgical solutions to their signs of aging can greatly benefit from a series of Botox treatments to relax wrinkles and prevent further formation. Lines and wrinkles around the forehead and eyes can cause patients to look sad, tired, or angry even when they don’t feel like it. During a consultation with Dr. Kayastha, you will discuss your goals for this procedure and determine whether you might benefit from other options as well. These can include other non-surgical skin treatments that can further augment your results. However, having recently undergone a surgical facial procedure or being prone to allergic reactions can mean you should not receive Botox.
What Happens During Botox Treatment?
Most patients tolerate Botox injections well, but we can supply a topical numbing cream if needed. After washing and preparing the treatment area, the injector then places the gel under the skin and into the specific muscles. This requires an extensive knowledge of facial muscles and anatomy, so you should always receive injections from licensed and experienced injectors. Depending on how many areas you choose to have treated, your procedure can take as little as fifteen minutes.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
Some patients experience minor swelling or redness at the injection site, as well as some discomfort. It can take up to a week for the injection to completely take effect, but patients normally retain some movement of the treated muscles while Botox is in place. It’s important to avoid rubbing or massaging the treatment area after the procedure, as this can cause the injection to spread to unwanted areas. Botox usually lasts from three to four months, after which the injection can be repeated.
To see what Botox can do for you, contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kayastha who can create your unique treatment plan.