When we talk about botox, cosmetic treatments are the first things that come to mind, and rightly so. Each year, millions of people regularly get botox injections around the world. Botox treatments remain among the most safe and effective ways to treat common signs of aging.
And thanks to safe and effective botox injections being more available these days, maintaining a youthful look for much longer is more manageable than ever.
So, are botox treatments right for you? Let’s find out.
What Botox Is and How It Works
Wrinkles and fine lines appear when the skin gets creased after years and years of facial expressions like smiling, laughing, frowning, or knitting your eyebrows.
Botox is a famous type of neurotoxin or neuromodulator and is actually a brand name (short for botulinum toxin A). It works by relaxing the facial muscles underneath the skin so that the wrinkles and lines aren’t as visible when you move your face.
Typically, botox injections themselves only take minutes and require no downtime. The results usually take about a week to appear, but they can also last up to 3 months, depending on how fast your body metabolizes the substance.
In the right hands, botox treatments can smooth fine lines and wrinkles without making the face look frozen or overdone – and also prevent new ones from forming.
However, it’s always best to have a consultation beforehand to determine your unique goals and concerns so that the injector can come up with the best treatment plan for you.
Benefits of Botox: Cosmetic Purposes and Beyond
Botox is FDA-approved, so it’s a safe and effective substance that has a lot of benefits.
Mainly, Botox is a wrinkle-relaxing treatment, so it can be used on a variety of fine lines and wrinkles, such as:
- Frown lines or “11” lines (also called glabellar lines, these are the ones that appear between the eyebrows and often resemble the number “11”)
- Forehead lines, which appear when you raise your eyebrows
- Crow’s feet or those crinkles that appear around the edge of the eyes when you smile
Other cosmetic uses include:
- Softening and smoothing lip lines
- Creating a “lip flip,” where a few units are injected into the the upper lip to relax the muscle there and make it flip for a subtle pout
Aside from cosmetic purposes, Botox can be useful to help treat certain medical conditions like:
- Chronic migraines
- Muscle spasms
- Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating on the underarms
It should be noted that Botox results aren’t permanent. Once the body metabolizes the substance, you’ll need to come in for a touch-up every three months or so, depending on the results you want to maintain and your treatment provider’s advice.
For the best possible results from Botox, cosmetic industry authorities recommend seeking out a certified and experienced injector.
Robert Andrews Laser & Medical Aesthetics is a highly experienced medical aesthetics practice led by Halle Friedman, RN, BSN, MBA, CANS. Our award-winning practice’s well-trained and experienced injectors have produced beautiful, natural-looking results for our satisfied patients in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Robert Andrews is also proudly veteran-owned and thus offers a military discount.
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