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 enhancement in Albany 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 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 should you not do after Botox?
After Botox, avoid exercising or sweating for the first 24 hours. Additionally, avoid massaging the treatment area, laying down, and bending over.
Who should not get Botox?
Patients who have certain health concerns or are allergic to ingredients in Botox should not get it. Your expert injector can discuss your options during your consultation.
How long does Botox take to settle?
It can take 7-10 days for Botox to fully settle after each treatment session. By this time, your full results can begin to emerge.
What happens when Botox wears off?
As Botox wears off, you’ll begin to see the reappearance of wrinkles and furrows in your treatment areas. This can be unsettling if you’ve become used to your excellent Botox results, so keep in mind that Botox will not make your cosmetic concerns worse – you’ve simply become used to the improvement.
Can Botox lift your eyebrows?
Botox can achieve some minimal lift in the brow area. However, if you have significant sagging in the brow or eyelids, you may be better suited for surgery.
Does Botox make you look older after it wears off?
When Botox wears off, the wrinkles it was treating will return gradually, resulting in your appearance reverting to how it looked before your first Botox injections
Does Botox make you shiny?
No, Botox is injected in very precise areas for specific wrinkle reduction, and it has no effect on the complexion other than in reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
How long does Botox last?
Botox injections typically last between three and four months for most patients.
Is 50 too old for Botox?
Absolutely not! In well-qualified patients, Botox can be used at nearly any age, although Dr. Kayastha may recommend a more comprehensive treatment to address more severe wrinkles in a persons older age.
What age should I start Botox?
Theres no wrong time to begin getting Botox treatments if youre concerned about the appearance of dynamic wrinkles throughout your face. Many people start getting Botox in their mid-30s and early 40s and enjoy the benefits of consistent treatments for many years.
Can I have wine after Botox?
Dr. Kayastha may require you to abstain from substances like caffeine and alcohol for 24 hours after your treatment.
Can Botox lift eyebrows?
A Botox brow lift is a procedure that actually lowers the inner parts of the eyebrows to attain a more angled, contoured appearance, but it does not physically lift the eyebrows.
Can I go for a walk after Botox?
Yes, youre encouraged to maintain normal activity levels after Botox, but avoid strenuous exercise, which can affect the results of the procedure.
Can you drink coffee after Botox?
You should avoid substances that thin the blood or dilate blood vessels, including alcohol and caffeine, for about a day after your Botox injection.
What is Botox used for?
Botox is a temporary treatment for wrinkles that appear throughout the face when making certain facial expressions, such as smiling, frowning, and laughing.
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.