What you need to know about Botox

man keeping hand on chin and looking away Botox is a household name as the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the world. If you have been thinking about whether Botox is right for you, here are some fast facts you should know about this safe and effective wrinkle reducer.

  1. Botox is a protein that’s derived from botulinim toxin and injected underneath the skin to sooth out lines and wrinkles.
  2. On the face, Botox is most commonly used to treat horizontal forehead lines, the vertical “11” lines between the brows, and crow’s feet around the eyes. It can be used to treat lip lines and neck bands and along the jawline.
  3. In addition to the face and neck, Botox can be used on other areas of the body such as the breast areola after breast surgery. It’s commonly used to treat excessive sweating, teeth grinding, reducing gummy smiles and calf reductions.
  4. Botox is most effective on dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles that form over contracting muscles. These muscles contract when you smile, laugh or frown. Cosmetic dermal fillers work best on static wrinkles, which are always-present wrinkles caused by aging, sun damage, genetics and lifestyle. Dynamic wrinkles can become static wrinkles over time, which is why it’s a good idea to start Botox treatments at the first signs of dynamic wrinkles.
  5. Botox treatment is known as a “lunchtime procedure” because it only takes about 15 minutes before you are done with your treatment and returning to your work or other daily activities. No anesthesia or downtime is required. You may have some redness, but that subsides quickly.
  6. You’ll see results within 3-5 days after your treatment since it takes time for your muscles to relax and release the wrinkles. Maximum effect is in place by 2 weeks and lasts up to four months. Be sure to schedule your return appointment so you can prolong or maintain results.

Candidates for Botox are in good overall health and have a positive outlook. If you are interested in learning more about Botox and other ways to rejuvenate your appearance, call (202) 750-5189 today to schedule a consultation.

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