Neurotoxins like Botox cosmetically reduce fine lines and wrinkles by blocking the signal from the nerve to the muscles. This causes controlled relaxation of certain muscles.
The injected muscle can no longer contract (tighten) as forcefully, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.
Many people think that getting Botox injections will lead to a frozen face making them loose the ability to make facial expressions. This is a not true; Botox relaxes the muscles at the injection point, but you will still be able to show facial expressions such as smiling, frowning, and appearing surprised.
Wrinkles caused by facial expressions often respond very well to Botox. However, wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity often will not respond to Botox. Please note that botox is not a facial filler and does not fill in wrinkles, but merely relaxes the muscles creating the wrinkles. Botox is injected with tiny syringes whose gauges are smaller than an insulin needle with a tiny amount of liquid injected, therefore Botox is not very painful and most clients tolerate it well.
AREAS OF USE
Botox takes 24-48 hours before it starts to work. Therefore, you can even go back to work the same day without anyone knowing what took place. The maximum effects of Botox are usually seen around days 7-10.
Botox lasts 3-4 months in the average person. Therefore, it is impossible for Botox to alter the face permanently. Botox works at your body’s Neuro-Muscular Junction and your body continues to create new Neuro-Muscular Junctions all the time. Similar to when our nails grow out or our eyelashes shed! When your body creates new Neuro-Muscular Junctions, the effects of Botox begin to wear off over time. Please note that your wrinkles will not worsen if you stop getting Botox, instead they will just return to their baseline, prior to receiving Botox.
Often times I hear people say I don’t want to use Botox and Fillers because I don’t want to change my face. Coincidentally, aging is what is changing your face and Botox and fillers are used to prevent your face from changing.
We are seeing more and more Botox be used prophylactically by younger clients. They do this to prevent any lines from forming or from fine lines getting deeper, by inactivating the muscles early on.
Botox is also used medically to help patients who suffer from hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating of the underarms, palms, and soles of feet), migraines, tension headache, teeth grinding, overactive bladder, blepharospasm (uncontrolled blinking), strabismus (lazy eye), and for dysphagia (or difficulty swallowing). The use of Botox has proven to be effective cosmetically and medically.
Botox can be used cosmetically on forehead lines, eyebrow lift, 11’s, under eye wrinkle, jelly roll (under the eyes), crow’s feet (around the eyes), bunny lines (lines in the nose), lip flip (enhanced pout), gummy smiles, around the mouth (for smoker’s lines and down-turned corners of the mouth), frown lines (marionette lines), a slim jawline, chin (for dimpling), skin bands on the neck, and décolletage (Unfortunately, the décolletage Botox only lasts about 1 month and decreases wrinkles by only 20-30%, great for an event where you have to wear a low cut shirt/dress)
After treatment, you should “exercise” the treated areas by scrunching for face on and off for 90 minutes after the injection.
You should remain upright for 4 hours after.
You should not exercise for 4 hours after.
No hats, headbands, or massage the day of the treatment.