BOTOX® remains one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world, but there are still quite a few misconceptions about these injections.
Every single patient has different needs, and this means that no two BOTOX® treatments will be identical. Some patients opt for full BOTOX® injections to smooth fine lines and wrinkles while others choose “Baby Botox” injections to hone in on specific areas of the face.
Here is a look at some of the common causes of facial lines and how these injections can help you eradicate the signs of aging.
Where Do Wrinkles Come From?
Even though almost everyone will develop wrinkles at some point, it is quite surprising just how resilient our skin can be. Years of sun damage, exposure to toxins, and even our genetics all play a role in how our skin ages.
As our bodies begin to produce fewer proteins to combat skin damage, most of us will develop lines and wrinkles around our mouth, nose, cheeks, jawline, and eyes. Unlike other areas of the body that can be toned with exercise, facial lines are nearly impossible to get rid of without professional help.
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is a prescription injectable that has been used for decades to help with everything from excessive perspiration to chronic migraines. In the 1980s, researchers began to look at how it affects one’s muscles. They found that BOTOX® injections relax contracted muscles and can “soften” the skin around those muscles.
When injected into facial muscles, the lines and wrinkles around one’s mouth, nose, and eyes can be reduced by as much as 60 percent.
Baby Botox Vs. BOTOX®
These two treatments are nearly identical when it comes to the injection sites and the amount of injections that take place. Baby Botox is different in the fact that a smaller dose is injected.
Some patients now prefer these smaller doses for some reasons including the ability to make subtle changes to one’s appearance. Many feel as if they have better control over their facial muscles and a more natural appearance.
Because Baby Botox has a lower dose, patients will need additional appointments in as little as two months to maintain the same appearance. This can be compared to full BOTOX® treatments that last for six months or longer.
What to Expect During Your Botox Appointment
Your BOTOX® appointment will most likely last less than an hour, and you will have absolutely no recovery time.
Very few preparations are needed for this treatment, but you will need to remove any makeup (or other facial products) you have on and refrain from taking any over-the-counter painkillers as it could increase your risk of bruising.
Most patients will begin to notice their wrinkles disappearing in as little as 48 hours with amazing results that last for six months or longer. Contact Grossman Dermatology today to schedule your appointment.