What is Botox?
Botox is a neuromodulator made up of Botulinum toxin type A. This cosmetic injection works by blocking nerve signals that cause facial muscles to contract, resulting in lines and wrinkles. Botox is most commonly used to smooth lines between the brows, across the forehead, and at the corners of the eyes. However, it can also be used to relax neck bands and balance facial asymmetry.
More recently, Botox has been used as a preventative measure for those who are not yet experiencing dynamic lines and wrinkles but would like to prevent them from forming. Botox can be injected to train a person’s face to no longer make expressions that could cause wrinkles in the future, preventing signs of aging.
During treatment, a small, thin needle is used to inject the Botox into the targeted areas. Injections are relatively painless, though a topical anesthetic can be applied before treatment to ensure a comfortable experience.
Who is a Candidate?
Adults who are developing lines and wrinkles on their face due to common facial movements who wish to achieve a more youthful appearance can often benefit from Botox injections. Ideal candidates will be in good general health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their treatment. The best way to determine if Botox is right for you is through a consultation with Dr. Chao.
Results and Recovery
Following Botox injections, patients may experience slight swelling, redness, and bruising, which should resolve within a week. Avoid massaging the area, as this could cause the Botox to spread to unintended areas. Strenuous and vigorous activity should be avoided for 24 hours after treatment. Botox results can last anywhere from three to six months.
If you are interested in learning more about Botox and what it can do for you, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chao.