How Botox® Works

botox checking eyes imageBy now, we’ve all heard about Botox – one of the most widely-used nonsurgical cosmetic treatments in the U.S. Men and women alike are turning to Botox to get rid of frown lines and crow’s feet for a more refreshed and youthful appearance. Millions of treatments are performed every year and the satisfaction ratings are high. If you’re thinking about getting Botox, read more to learn how it works and what you can expect if you have Botox injections.

 What Is Botox and how does it work?

Over time, normal, repetitive facial movements like laughing, smiling or furrowing your brow can cause permanent wrinkles. Botulinum toxin can be injected directly into small muscle groups of your face to reduce, and sometimes eliminate those wrinkles. These toxins stop the normal chemical transmission between nerves and muscles; causing temporary paralysis of the targeted muscles and limiting the repetitive movements that cause problems. Botox is the most well-known brand of botulinum toxin and has become the way most everyone refers to this treatment.

What results can I expect?

Botox is not permanent. Your body metabolizes the toxins and your nerves regain their ability to transmit chemical signals within a few months. Most people can expect Botox results to last three to four months; although, some results can last closer to six months and others may feel their results begin to fade in about two months.

Most patients who have Botox injected consistently over time, find they need treatment less often because their muscles adjust to having to contract less often. The added bonus is that this also helps prevent deeper lines and wrinkles from forming, especially between the brows and around the eyes.

Are there any side effects?

There are no permanent side effects associated with Botox, but there are possible temporary side effects that are important to know:

Injection site bruising or swelling. This is the most common side effect. Most practitioners use the smallest needles available to limit bruising and swelling. Avoid taking blood thinners (including vitamin E, fish oil, aspirin-containing products and herbal supplements) in the few days leading up to your injection to reduce your risk of bruising.

Drooping surrounding muscles. A less-common side effect is drooping of the eyelid or drooping of muscles in an area near the injected muscle group. To reduce the possibility of the treatment spreading to unintended areas, avoid strenuous activity or pushing on injected areas for several hours following treatment.

Where should I go for my Botox?

Obviously, plastic surgeons and dermatologists offer treatment. But you may also see Botox services offered in some pretty unexpected places, like a dentist office or spa. The convenience of getting Botox treatment at one of these places may be tempting, but it can also be risky.

When choosing a Botox provider, you should find out if your injector:

  • Is board certified
  • Knows the anatomy of facial muscles
  • Knows how to achieve the results you’re interested in (and not just following a standard pattern)
  • Can counsel you if any adverse effects occur

It would be best to schedule a consultation with an expert cosmetic surgeon to discuss your concerns, your desired outcomes and to hear their recommendations.

You’ll be happier with the results and have peace of mind knowing you’re being cared for by a trusted provider.

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Emory Aesthetic Center

If you believe Botox may be right for you, schedule your complimentary consultation with a cosmetic surgeon at Emory Aesthetic Center. Our skilled doctors will help you determine if Botox is the right treatment for you and will help you get the results you want.

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