When it comes to anti-aging injectables that can fight the signs of aging and restore a youthful appearance to the skin, Botox was one of the first — and it is still one of the best.
Most people have heard of Botox and know that it is used to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles. However, not everyone knows that Botox injections also have many other uses. Botox is used in medical settings to treat:
- Tension headaches
- Migraine headaches
- Excessive sweating under the arms
- Overly tight muscles in the legs
That’s why at Perfect Skin Center, we offer Botox to our patients as one of our most reliable treatments for a wide array of concerns, and not just for smoothing wrinkles and lines.
What Is Botox?
Botox injections work by temporarily rendering specific small muscles in the face unable to move. The substance in the injections relaxes these muscles, creating a smoother appearance on the skin.
We inject Botox into specifically targeted muscles. Treatments often can take fewer than 30 minutes.
When Botox treatments begin working, they disrupt the pathways between nerves in the muscles and the brain. In other words, they temporarily paralyze targeted muscles by preventing the muscle fibers from receiving impulses from nerves. These impulses normally tell the muscles to tighten.
How Does Relaxing Muscles Reduce Wrinkles and Fine Lines?
Some of the lines and wrinkles on your face are called “dynamic wrinkles.” These have been created over many years as a result of repetitive facial expressions.
In your younger years, your body produces ample amounts of collagen and elastin. These two substances are key factors in your skin’s ability to remain tight, flexible, and supple. They also support your skin’s ability to smooth out once a facial expression changes.
However, as a result of aging, exposure to the sun, genetics, and other factors, the body begins to slow down the production of elastin and collagen. When this happens, the skin can no longer bounce back as quickly or smooth out after facial expressions are relaxed.
When you make a facial expression, the muscles move, and the skin can wrinkle and furrow. Over time, evidence of this repetition becomes permanent, showing up as dynamic wrinkles and lines.
When Botox injections are administered to a facial muscle, that muscle stops moving so much with facial expressions. Thus, the skin has more time to unfurrow and smooth out, producing a younger-looking, smoother visage.
How Long Do Botox Results Last?
Every person is unique, and the effects of Botox will vary. However, most people find that injections visibly improve their facial lines and wrinkles for three to six months.
After this time, patients usually notice some wrinkles returning as the effects of the injections wear off and return to us for regular maintenance treatments.
What Else Is Botox Used to Treat?
Most people find that Botox produces excellent results for them, whether they are using it for migraines, muscle tightness in the legs, excessive sweating, or wrinkles.
Other than for smoothing dynamic wrinkles, some of the most common uses for Botox injections include the following:
- Reducing the appearance of scars
- Diminishing the frequency of spasms of the face, neck, legs, and vocal cords
- Eliminating crow’s feet at the outer corners of the eyes
- Reducing the appearance of frown lines between the eyebrows
- Improving the appearance of dents in the chin
- Creating a lifting effect on the eyebrows
- Reducing bunny lines across the bridge of the nose
It’s important to know that Botox is an FDA-approved treatment for the temporary improvement of skin issues that are mild to moderate. After a treatment session, results will appear gradually over time, with full results usually visible in about a month.
You should also note that Botox is such an effective remedy for some types of wrinkles that the FDA has deemed that there are no comparable substitutes available. In other words, no product can perform exactly like or as well as Botox!
As such, Botox Cosmetic has been trusted by a wide variety of patients for decades. It’s known as the “lunch break injectable” because of the quick and easy 20-minute appointment times.
Botox Cosmetic Treatments: What to Expect
Treatment appointments are completed right at our office, and you will be able to leave your session and resume your normal daily routine right away. When you arrive, we will ensure you’re comfortable before we cleanse the areas of skin that will receive the injections.
Then, we will administer your Botox injections using a needle that is so small that it’s called a “microneedle.” Botox is a minimally invasive treatment; no sedation, no anesthesia, and no incisions are needed. That also means that none of the complications of surgery are involved, either.
Once the skin is properly cleansed, we will mark the injection sites and deliver the quick injections at their precise locations to give you optimal results. That’s it! You can even drive yourself to and from the office for your appointments. Since no anesthesia is needed, you don’t have to rely on someone else for transportation. It really is that easy.
Are Botox Treatments Right for You?
We always begin by welcoming our patients to contact us to schedule an initial consultation about Botox. We would love the chance to talk with you about what you hope to achieve with treatment, and we’ll confirm that this injectable will help you reach your aesthetic goals.
Contact Perfect Skin Center in Phoenix, AZ, today and reserve a time for your consultation now!