The most popular method of cosmetic treatment around, Botox injections account for nearly half of all cosmetic procedures that are performed each and every year! An FDA-approved treatment for reducing the appearance of unwanted facial wrinkles, expression lines and more, Botox has been around for decades now and as time has passed procedure techniques and treatments have only gotten better! Long Island Dermatology offers Botox treatments to patients looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines, dynamic wrinkles, and expression lines that are caused as a result of aging. In addition to cosmetic treatments, Botox also has a number of off label uses as well, and has helped countless patients to remedy issues such as migraine headaches, excessive sweating, and more.
What is Botox?
Botox is actually the brand name for an injectable neuromodulator medication that is used in a variety of cosmetic and general medicine procedures and treatments. The active ingredient within Botox is the botulinum-toxin-A, a purified protein complex compound that is diluted and used in an injectable formation to safely and effectively reduce the appearance of unwanted wrinkles and fine lines. As we mentioned, Botox is simply a brand name, and there are many other similar formulations out there including Dysport, Xeomin and more. And while these treatments are also highly effective, Botox is by far the most popular and well known of them all, and has become a staple in popular culture and media.
How Does Botox Work?
As an injectable, Botox Cosmetic is a non-invasive treatment designed to help reduce the appearance of unwanted wrinkles and expression lines, similar to other injectables. However, unlike dermal fillers, Botox works by delivering a targeted injection to the muscles within the treatment area, and causes a temporary paralysis to the nerves that trigger muscle contractions beneath the facial skin. Over time, when we express ourselves, whether it be by smiling or frowning, our facial muscles contract, and these muscle contractions will cause the skin above to fold over and over time it will develop wrinkles along the skin’s surface. By stopping these muscle contractions temporarily, we are able to give the skin the time it needs to slowly restore and rejuvenate itself and smooth out those unwanted wrinkles and expression lines. Botox is extremely effective and has helped countless patients to improve their confidence, self-esteem and overall appearance in only a few sessions. When administered by a trained professional, and used in the correct concentrations, Botox treatments can also give patients extremely effective, natural looking results.
Side Effects or Risks
As with any other method of aesthetic enhancement, there are certain side effects and risks that may arise – especially with improper use, or when having Botox administered by an untrained injector. The beauty of Botox is that it is non-invasive and doesn’t require any incisions or cuts to be made, and therefore it limits downtime and side effects. However, some are still possible. For most patients side effects are limited to light swelling, bruising, and redness along the treatment area. Some patients may experience minor headaches as well, or flu like symptoms immediately after but these issues will be minor and will dissipate soon after. Botox is a prescription treatment, therefore it’s vital that you inform your provider of any medications or drugs you might be taking, and any health concerns or issues you might be facing at the time. Otherwise, as long as you are safe and use Botox in moderation, as your doctor or provider advises, you are in complete safety with Botox.
Results, Recovery and Aftercare
As we mentioned, Botox is a minimally invasive procedure that requires little to no downtime or recovery period. Meaning patients can resume their normal activities and return to work soon after treatment. As the swelling and other side effects disappear, patients will slowly see their results begin to come in. Over time, as the muscle contractions along the face are stifled, the face will slowly smooth itself over and patients will see their expression lines and wrinkles disappear. Botox results aren’t permanent, but they will last a fairly long time depending on the patient. Botox sessions should be spaced out weeks or months apart, in order to maximize results and effectiveness. For more information on Botox and other treatments be sure to contact Long Island Dermatology today.