6 things you may not know about BOTOX

BOTOX is one of the fastest ways to get a more youthful, refreshed look without having to go under the knife or endure a long recovery period. Read on to learn more about this hugely popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment.

BOTOX is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States. More than 7.4 million procedures took place in 2018.

BOTOX is not a toxin. BOTOX is a protein that’s derived from botulinum toxin and injected underneath the skin to block chemical signals from the nerves that cause muscles to contract and form a wrinkle. BOTOX smooths out lines and wrinkles on the face. BOTOX is a safe, FDA-approved treatment for the reduction of facial wrinkles, typically on the upper third of the face.

BOTOX doesn’t work on all wrinkles. While BOTOX is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure around, it works on a specific type of wrinkle. Skin wrinkles are classified into two types – static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles. Static wrinkles are always present, and dermal fillers are used to smooth out those lines and add volume to hollowed areas. BOTOX doesn’t work on these wrinkles. BOTOX treats dynamic wrinkles, which form when the muscle beneath the skin contracts. Dynamic wrinkles can become static wrinkles over time if not treated.

BOTOX works best softening wrinkles made from repeated facial expressions. Squinting, frowning, laughing and smiles causes dynamic wrinkles such as lines and wrinkles on the forehead, the “11” lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet on the outside of each eye area. It’s also commonly used on the lips, neck and jawline.

BOTOX can help treat excessive sweating and other conditions. BOTOX is commonly known for its wrinkle-erasing capabilities, but it’s also commonly used on the armpits, hands or feet for hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. The injections work by interrupting the nerve impulses that activate the sweat glands. BOTOX is also used for calf reduction and even teeth grinding treatment.

BOTOX isn’t painful. BOTOX treatment requires numerous injections under the skin with a fine needle. While you may feel a slight pinch, most patients don’t feel uncomfortable during treatment or require an optional topical numbing agent.

If you’re interested in learning more about BOTOX and other non-surgical ways to improve your appearance and you live in Washington, D.C., or surrounding areas, call our office at 202-785-4187 to schedule a consultation.


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