Botox is an injectable neuromodulator by Allergan that temporarily relaxes facial muscles to soften the look of lines and wrinkles by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles so the injected muscle can’t contract.
Baby Botox uses smaller doses to preserve the natural expressive range of the face and is good for younger patients, patients who don’t have severe lines or wrinkles and first time patients who are worried about looking overdone.
A growing cosmetic trend, the lip flip uses a microdose of Botox to relax upper lip muscles causing it to look larger and therefore more youthful. It won’t add the volume of injectable fillers, but it is popular for patients who want a subtle improvement. The lip flip can also be used in conjunction with fillers for a more dramatic enhancement.
Beyond its cosmetic uses Botox can treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), a lazy eye (known medically as strabismus), chronic eyelid twitching (belpharospasm), migraines and to relax muscles in the jaw to treat TMJ.
Botox is recommended for the temporary relaxation of facial muscles to soften the look of lines and wrinkles. This neuromodulator is FDA-approved to treat crow’s feet, frown and forehead lines but is also used in other areas including the upper lip, nose, lower face, neck and even downturned smiles. Botox can delay the formation of new lines if you’re in your mid-20s to early 30s.
Treatment with Botox is not recommended if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or considering getting pregnant as Botox has not been tested in those cases. If you are hypersensitive to any botulinum toxin or any of the components in an injection, if you have an infection at the injection site or if you have a neuromuscular disease Botox is not recommended. It is important to tell your doctor or injector about any drugs, flu shots or prescription antibiotics you are taking as well as supplements and vitamins.
After determining you are a candidate for treatment your injector will clean the treatment area and the Botox solution will be injected in small amounts into the muscles just beneath your skin with a tiny needle. You may feel a pinching sensation but little to no pain during the injections. Your injector will have you make various expressions to identify the areas that need to be treated.
Following treatment you can expect mild redness or swelling at the injection site, possibly some light bruising for up to a week. Do not lay flat for 4-6 hours or exercise for 24 hours post-treatment to limit the risk of the drug spreading and creating unwanted effects. Do not rub the injection sites or apply ice or cold compresses for the same reason.
Keep in mind that it can take as little as 2-3 days and as long as two weeks to see full results which is why it is recommended to follow-up with your injector two weeks after your appointment to make adjustments if necessary. Many people find that Botox lasts for 3-4 months before they need to be injected again, however this can fluctuate based on individual patient goals, needs and anatomy.
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