It is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the world. But how much do you know about Botox, and when is the right time to start treatment?
Read on to learn more about Botox and why you should consider treatment.
- Botox treats one of two types of wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles. These wrinkles form when muscles contract under the skin when you laugh, smile, frown or squint. They are temporary wrinkles but can become permanent, or static, over time.
- Botox does not work on static wrinkles, which are always present. These wrinkles are caused by sun damage, aging and the loss of collagen production, smoking and other lifestyle habits, genetics and when dynamic wrinkles become more permanent, as mentioned before.
- Botox may be a household name, but another brand called Dysport is another successful and safe botulinum toxin. It has the same neurotoxin used in Botox.
- The most common areas treated with Botox and Dysport are the horizontal forehead lines, frown lines or “11s” between the eyebrows and crow’s feet around the eyes.
- Candidates for Botox injections are patients who are in good health and have realistic expectations for treatment outcomes. If you have an allergy to cow’s milk protein or any ingredients in either Botox or Dysport, then you are not be a candidate for these injections. If you have weak muscles in the treatment area or your face is very asymmetrical, you may not be a candidate. If you have deep facial scars or have had surgical facial changes, Botox may not be right for you. If you have droopy eyelids or sagging eyelid folds, you are probably not a candidate for Botox but would be a candidate for eyelid surgery, which is a hugely popular plastic surgery.
- Botox is often used in conjunction with dermal fillers and some laser procedures to achieve optimal results.
- Results from treatment are not immediately visible. It takes about three days for the muscles to relax and wrinkles to release. Results will last 3-4 months, at which time the muscles begin to contract again. You will want to schedule follow-up appointments to maintain or prolong results.