Guide to Botox: Uses and How It Works
It’s likely that you’ve heard of Botox before, whether from family, friends, or social media – that’s because Botox is the most commonly performed cosmetic treatment year after year. Most people associate Botox with being the ultimate treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, and they’re correct! If you’re curious about Botox for treating fine lines, then the best place to start is by consulting a board-certified plastic surgeon. In the meantime, here’s a quick guide to Botox, including how it works and how it can refresh your look.
Botox is a household name for a type of injectable treatment known as a neurotoxin or neuromodulator. These types of injectables are very good at temporarily smoothing wrinkles with results that last around 3-4 months. Botox has actually been in use for decades both as a medical and cosmetic treatment. However, people most often refer to Botox’s cosmetic benefits when they talk about getting Botox.
Botox is the most well-known brand for a type of injectable that uses botulinum toxin type A. This active ingredient can block nerve signals in the muscles of the face and body, preventing movement. Although this may seem like an odd approach to cosmetic treatment, it’s actually an extremely effective way to both prevent signs of aging and relax muscles that may be causing lines and wrinkles. One type of wrinkle, called dynamic wrinkles, is caused by repeated movements that crease the skin and wear away at the supportive tissues underneath over many years. By preventing these movements, Botox can keep the skin smooth and prevent these wrinkles from appearing when you express.
One of Botox’s biggest benefits is that it produces noticeable results within 1-2 weeks. Additionally, it requires minimal restrictions on your daily schedule and doesn’t cause any downtime. Finally, many people opt for Botox as a low-cost way to maintain a younger, fresher look either after a surgical procedure or as a way to prevent the need for one. Botox is reliable, safe, and incredibly effective when administered by a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Botox is a very versatile cosmetic treatment option, but some of the most popular areas where Botox is used include between the eyebrows, along forehead lines, and around the eyes to address crow’s feet. These three areas tend to experience dynamic wrinkles because of the expressive nature of the underlying muscles and the thinner skin. If you’re bothered by wrinkles and fine lines in these areas, then Botox is likely your best option.
Botox is a relatively low-risk treatment when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, but during your consultation with Dr. Rivela, you’ll discuss your medical history and determine whether you’re a good candidate. If you’re looking for a non-surgical way to smooth wrinkles and are in good overall health, you’re likely to be a good candidate for this injectable option.
To learn more about getting started with Botox, contact Rivela Plastic Surgery by calling or filling out our online form.