Relaxing Wrinkles with BOTOX®
Ever since its approval by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002, BOTOX® has been the rock star of the aesthetic industry. Each year it is the most popular cosmetic procedure worldwide… and it’s not even close!
Why all the adoration? Because BOTOX® works incredibly well to reduce or eliminate lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eyes, between the brows, and on the forehead.
How Does It Work?
BOTOX® is made from the botulinum toxin type A, the same bacteria that causes botulism. But decades ago, researchers found that when injected in very small amounts the botulinum toxin temporarily paralyzes the muscle it is injected into. This proved effective in treating involuntary muscle spasms, migraine headaches, even teeth grinding. But when the FDA approved it for the treatment of wrinkles, BOTOX® became a household name.
Certain wrinkles, called dynamic wrinkles, are created by repeated muscle movements in common behaviors such as frowning or squinting. When injected into the muscle that creates a dynamic wrinkle, BOTOX® blocks the nerve signals to the muscle, stopping the muscle from contracting. With the muscle temporarily paralyzed, the wrinkle on the surface is reduced dramatically or disappears altogether.
BOTOX® targets dynamic wrinkles on the top third of the face particularly well: crow’s feet, forehead lines, and the dreaded 11’s between the brows. BOTOX® does not work on static wrinkles, those wrinkles that show themselves all the time.
What To Expect During a BOTOX® Session
A small needle is used for BOTOX® injections, effectively targeting only the muscles responsible for creating wrinkles. A BOTOX® session usually takes just a few minutes and no anesthesia is required.
Your choice of injector is very important because, while BOTOX® injections seem simple, advanced knowledge of facial anatomy and experience with BOTOX® is required to ensure the neurotoxin is injected into exactly the right spots. Dr. Saltz and his team are thoroughly experienced with BOTOX® and offer it in both Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah locations.
Recovery After BOTOX®
BOTOX® is often called a “lunchtime procedure” because people can have a session on their lunch break. There is no recovery time needed. But it is important not to rub the injected areas for 12 hours after your session because this can move the BOTOX® into unwanted areas.
Patients may have some slight bruising and redness at the injection sites, but this passes quickly. Headaches can also develop, but this is very rare.
Results from BOTOX® aren’t immediate — it takes time for the muscle to relax. You will see full results in ten days. Those results will last from three to six months. As your body absorbs the BOTOX®, muscle action gradually returns and with it the lines and wrinkles caused by those muscles. At that point, another BOTOX® session should be scheduled to maintain your results. Research has shown that after repeated treatments, the muscles in question tend to relax and don’t contract as aggressively.
Treatments Complementary to BOTOX®
Dr. Saltz and his team of nurses and master aestheticians in Utah will evaluate your entire facial anatomy and your particular aging issues to give you options for facial skin improvement. There are other procedures such as fillers, skin peels, microdermabrasion, and intense pulsed light that can complement BOTOX®. They can even be done at the same time as your BOTOX® session to save you time.
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