Botox injections are used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Despite it being a common procedure, many people have questions about what exactly Botox is and how it works. Below, you’ll find common questions and answers to everything related to Botox treatment.
What is Botox?
Botox is a cosmetic treatment done to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines (crow’s feet, frown lines) around the mouth, forehead and between the eyebrows. Botox is administered via injections and is made up of small amounts of botulinum toxin protein. The toxin has been purified and refined in order to make it safe for use. Botox corrects the repeated muscle contractions caused by frowning and squinting. When administered, Botox injections temporarily reduce muscle activity, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.
Do Botox injections hurt?
Usually, they do not hurt. You may feel a slight sting as the needle enters your skin, but other than that, most people who have Botox injections report no pain during or after the treatment.
How many injections will I need?
The amount of injections varies from person to person. If you have crow’s feet you will probably receive three injections on each side. For frown lines, you may need five injections in the forehead, one in the procerus muscle (the triangle that lies between the eyes) and four in the corrugator muscles (the tendons on top of the eyebrows).
How long does the treatment take?
Unlike other skin rejuvenation procedures, Botox takes no time at all. Most people are in and out of the cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist office within 10 minutes.
Do I need to take time off work?
There is no recovery process for Botox. After receiving your injections you can go back to work because here is no bruising or swelling associated with Botox. Although some people report sensitivity around the injection site, that generally dissipates within a day.
When will I see the effects of the Botox injections?
The great thing about Botox injections is that they take effect quickly. Within 24 to 48 hours you will see a change in your face (smoother lines, tighter skin) that can last up to six months.
What are the other uses of Botox?
Botox injections aren’t simply reserved for wrinkles. They can also be used to treat chronic headaches and excessive sweating. If you suffer from either of those conditions, you should speak to your doctor about Botox. She/he can refer you to a cosmetic surgeon who will administer the injections.
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