Every day we make many different facial movements, which require our muscles to move and contract. Over time, these repeated muscle contractions can lead to lines and wrinkles that appear when you make facial expressions, called dynamic wrinkles, which can make you appear angry or tired when you are not. Botox is an effective treatment option to temporarily smooth these facial wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.
What is Botox?
Botox is a non-surgical injectable treatment used to reduce or eliminate fine facial lines or wrinkles. Botox works by temporarily blocking the nerve signals to the targeted muscles, hindering contractions that cause unwanted facial lines.
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Botox can be used to treat many different areas, including:
- Forehead creases
- Wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet)
- Frown lines (glabellar lines or 11 lines)
- Corners of the mouth
- Dimples in the chin
- Neck bands
- A sharp or square jawline
Who is a Candidate for Botox®?
Healthy adults 18 years or older who are looking to smooth dynamic facial lines and wrinkles can often benefit from Botox. However, you should not receive these Botox treatments if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have an active infection at the injection site.
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What to Expect During Your Botox Treatment
During your Botox treatment session, your injector will offer topical anesthetic cream to numb the targeted areas for the most comfortable experience. Then, Botox will be injected using a small needle into the muscles of the affected areas. People often describe these injections as feeling like a small pinch. This process is fairly quick, taking about 15-30 minutes to complete depending on the number of areas being treated.
After Botox injections, individuals may experience mild bruising, redness, or itching throughout the treatment site. There is no downtime required, so you can return to your normal activities right away. However, your injector may advise you to avoid exercise or strenuous activity for the next 24 hours to ensure the best possible results. Also be sure not to rub or massage the treated areas, as this may cause the Botox to move to other areas of the face.
Most people can see results within a few days, though it may take 1-2 weeks to see the full effect. Results usually last between 3-5 months before more injections are needed. If you discontinue Botox injections, your lines and wrinkles will return to how they were before you started injections.
For migraines – Migraine symptoms may be able to be helped by relaxing overactive or clenched muscles in the jaw, neck, or face with Botox.
For TMJ – Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can cause pain and other symptoms that Botox can alleviate with precise injections.
For sweating – Excessive sweating can be annoying and embarrassing, but Botox can help. Botox can deactivate overactive sweat glands in the underarms or practically anywhere you experience sweating.
For jowls – With a specific injection site, Botox can be used to help contour the face around the jawline to help reduce the appearance of jowls.
For bruxism – Jaw clenching and tooth grinding (bruxism) can cause damage to the teeth and pain in the jaw and mouth. Botox relaxes clenched muscles with non-invasive injections.
For forehead wrinkles – One of Botox’s satisfying results is eliminating deep folds in the forehead caused by facial muscles creasing the skin.
For gummy smile – If your smile shows too much of your gums, Botox can help by lowering your upper lip, concealing more of your gumline while keeping your smile looking natural.
For crow’s feet – Crinkles around the eyes due to the scrunching of your facial muscles during expressions like smiling and squinting can be smoothed out with a few injections of Botox.
For smile lines – Lines that form around the mouth due to a lifetime of smiling can be relaxed with Botox.
For wrinkles – Botox is a highly satisfying and popular way to get rid of dynamic wrinkles throughout the face with injections that only take a few minutes and that last for many months.
For neck – For some people, hyperextended neck muscles can form bands that many refer to as “turkey neck.” Botox may be able to help relax those muscles and give you a smoother-looking neck contour.
For jawline – Certain muscles and tissues in and around the jawline can become overactive, leading to an unflattering contour. With Botox, these areas can be softened with or without the added help of dermal fillers.
For eyebrow lift – A Botox brow lift is a way to help the outer portion of the eyebrows appear lifted with precise injections in the inner portions of the brow.
For neck pain – People who struggle with chronic neck pain can benefit from a combination of physical therapy and Botox injections to help relax tight muscles in their neck and shoulders.
For frown lines – The frown lines that form between your eyebrows can be all but eliminated with Botox treatments on a regular basis.
For dystonia – One of Botox’s first FDA approvals came for treating cervical dystonia in newborns and infants. Dystonia is an involuntary contraction of muscles similar to a spasm.
For laugh lines – Laugh lines or smile lines form around the mouth with age and thinning skin, but they can be smoothed over with Botox and/or dermal fillers.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can Botox age you?
Botox does not age you. Rather, it can be used to prevent lines and wrinkles from forming or worsening by softening facial movements.
Can I go for a walk after Botox?
All strenuous activity and direct sunlight should be avoided for at least 24 hours after Botox. Strenuous activity can increase the risk of bleeding or bruising. You should avoid lying flat or putting pressure on the face for at least 4 hours after your treatment.
Can Botox cause weight gain?
Botox does not cause weight gain.
Can I have wine after Botox?
It is generally recommended to avoid drinking alcohol for about 24 hours after receiving Botox injections.
Can Botox help sinuses?
Some patients may see improvement from issues like sinusitis or seasonal allergies after Botox injections. However, this is not a primary reason to receive the treatment.
Can you drink coffee after Botox?
It is safe to drink coffee after your Botox procedure.
Can Botox lift eyebrows?
Botox can be used to lift the eyebrows. Your injector will place the Botox in the muscles which depress the eyebrows for a subtle lifted look.
Does Botox affect the brain?
Extended use of Botox may cause changes to the brains sensory interpretation. This is not harmful to your brain health.
Does Botox make you look older after it wears off?
Botox does not make you look older than you were before injections once the effects subside. Your wrinkles and fine lines will return as part of the normal aging process but you will not look worse.
Is Botox a poison?
Botox is a neurotoxin. This causes temporary paralysis in the muscles where the product is injected.
Does Botox make you shiny?
When someone receives too much Botox, the skin can become very smooth, making light bounce off it. This can make the skin appear shiny.
How long does Botox last?
Botox generally lasts for 3-6 months. However, this may differ from patient to patient.
Is 50 too old for Botox?
Botox can be helpful for patients of all ages. Depending on your existing anti-aging regimen, Botox may be able to smooth prominent lines and creases in your 50s. For other patients, more substantial treatment may be needed.
What age should I start Botox?
There is no right age to start Botox since everyone ages differently. If you want to take a preventive approach to Botox, you can begin using it before you begin to notice fine lines and wrinkles. If you already have fine lines and wrinkles, then now is a good time to start.
Is Botox good for under eye wrinkles?
This can depend on whats causing the wrinkles - Botox works for wrinkles around the eyes that are caused by facial expressions like squinting or smiling. For deeper troughs or wrinkles under the eyes, dermal fillers may be a better option.