The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, frequently referred to by the brand name “Botox,” is an immensely popular nonsurgical injectable treatment that temporarily reduces or eliminates facial lines, folds and wrinkles. For nearly two decades, Botox injections have held the number one spot in nonsurgical cosmetic procedures for their unique ability to prevent or completely erase the appearance of unwanted expression lines frequently associated with frowning, squinting and concentrating. In 2018 alone, over 7.4 million Botox injections were performed according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a whopping 845 percent increase since the year 2000.
Botox works it’s magic by blocking nerve signals in the small facial muscles where it is administered. By disrupting those nerve signals, the treated muscles are in turn temporarily frozen, or relaxed. Without the movement of the muscles that contribute to your expression lines, Botox can effectively soften or remove these wrinkles from your complexion.
What are the Benefits of Botox?
Botox is the first-of-its-kind and only treatment that is FDA-cleared to safely and temporarily erase moderate to severe expression lines in both men and women alike. This minimally-invasive injectable procedure is not only safe and effective but delivers subtle and natural-looking results so that you’ll look like yourself, only younger and more refreshed. At Bazzi Plastic Surgery, Botox offers the following benefits to our patients:
- Reduces or removes the appearance of frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines and neck bands
- A quick and straightforward 10-minute procedure with minimal downtime
- Noticeable results in just 24 to 48 hours of your injections
- Subtle and natural-looking outcomes
In addition to treating expression lines and facial folds, studies have also proven that Botox is highly effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating (also known as hyperhidrosis) and muscle spasms that occur in the eyes and neck.
What Happens During a Botox Treatment?
At the start of your Botox appointment, one of our qualified and licensed practitioners will listen to your concerns and carefully assess your face to precisely pinpoint the sites of your injections. Your skin may be numbed with a topical numbing cream prior to your injections to ensure your comfort throughout the appointment; however, most patients are able to tolerate the discomfort of the injections easily. Your provider will then use a thin needle to inject small amounts of botulinum toxin into the targeted muscles and skin.
As a minimally-invasive procedure, there is little downtime required after your injections have been administered. Immediately after your Botox treatment, you may experience minor redness, swelling or tenderness at the site of your injections, but these symptoms will usually subside within several hours. You can expect to immediately resume your daily routine as soon as you leave our office, though you will need to ensure you do not rub your treated areas as this may cause the Botox to migrate beyond your targeted areas.
What Results Can Botox Achieve?
While you may begin to see your Botox injections taking effect in as little as 24 to 48 hours, it can take up to a week to appreciate the full results of your treatment. At this time, your skin will appear smoother and younger, with visibly fewer lines and folds. Depending on the severity of your concerns and treatment locations, the results of your treatment can last anywhere from three to six months until a repeat procedure is needed to maintain your youthful new appearance.
If you are ready to join the millions of people using Botox to temporarily banish wrinkles without surgery or downtime, contact Bazzi Plastic Surgery today at 734-844-5700 to discover if Botox is right for you.