Fine lines, folds, and tiny wrinkles on the face can spoil the appearance of your face and ruin your looks, not to mention add years to your face. Even though you may be in your twenties or thirties, people may assume you’re in your forties or fifties because of age lines and wrinkles on your face.
There are lots of creams, lotions, serums, and face treatments available on the market today to eliminate fine lines, folds, and wrinkles from the face, but none of them work quite as well as Botox. Botox has become the easiest and most popular way to do away with these aging issues.
The Science Behind Botox
Botox, or botulinum toxin type A, is derived from a type of bacteria that causes botulism. These bacteria act by blocking or stopping nerve activity in the muscles of the part of the body into which it is injected. The nerve cells are unable to receive nerve signals that command the muscles to expand and contract.
This causes temporary paralysis of these muscles. By preventing the muscles from being overactive, Botox allows them to relax into a more natural position, which lets the skin lie flat. This eliminates fine lines, folds, and wrinkles on the face for a more youthful look.
How Is Botox Administered?
Botox is administered to patients in the form of injections. The injector first assesses which parts of the patient’s face have lines, folds, and wrinkles. Parts of the face that are prone to lines, folds, and wrinkles are near the corners of the mouth and around the eyes, the jawline, and chin area, as well as the cheekbones. The forehead and upper brow are also susceptible to the formation of wrinkles.
After the areas that will be targeted with Botox are marked off, the patient is administered with topical anesthetic cream that contains lidocaine. This allows for a completely pain-free procedure, so the patient won’t feel a thing.
Small and precise amounts of Botox are then carefully injected into the marked areas. Overall, the procedure typically requires only around 15 minutes to complete.
The Advantages of Using Botox
There are many advantages of using Botox. First, Botox is a non-surgical procedure. It is only minimally invasive and does not require the use of any scalpels or the creation of incisions.
Because of this, recovery time is very minimal, especially in comparison to surgical procedures. The patient will be able to return to work and their everyday activities right after the treatment, making it an excellent lunchtime procedure. The injections can be given quickly and conveniently.
Botox has been approved by the FDA or the Food and Drug Administration of the United States and is safe to use on people up to the age of 65.
Come In for a Botox Treatment
Botox offers an effective method of reducing the appearance of fine lines and facial wrinkles. To get started with your treatment, contact the office of double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leo Keegan for a consultation.