While age provides us with wisdom, it also bring wrinkles, folds, and other unwelcome issues. When addressing these signs of aging, Botox is by far the most popular treatment. At his facial rejuvenation practice in New Haven, Dr. Price has vast experience with Botox and how it can help you regain a more youthful appearance.
What Is Botox?
Botox is derived from a bacterial toxin. It was found that in very small amounts, the bacterium has the ability to cause temporary muscle weakness, particularly in the facial muscles that cause wrinkles and creases. Originally, it was used to treat “lazy eye” in children. After many years of safe use, it was approved for cosmetic purposes.
How Does Botox Work?
Like facial fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, tiny amounts of Botox are injected into the affected areas. But instead of filling the wrinkles, the Botox relaxes the muscles whose contractions create the wrinkles. Botox is delivered through a tiny needle and softens the following:
- Forehead lines
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet
It is a quick procedure, and patients can immediately return to their usual activities afterwards.
How to Prepare for Botox Injections
Dr. Price will provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare for your Botox appointment. During your initial consultation with him, it is important to let him know of any botulinum toxin injections you have had in the past four months. Blood thinning medications, sleeping aids, muscle relaxants, or allergy medications may have to be avoided for a period of time before your procedure, as they can increase your risk for bruising or bleeding during treatment.
How is a Botox Procedure Performed?
A Botox procedure typically takes less than twenty minutes. Using a fine needle, the Botox is injected into the affected muscles in the face with minor discomfort. A numbing cream is placed on the skin prior to the injections.
How Long Does Botox Injection Last?
The effects of Botox last, on average, four months. The muscles then begin to contract again, causing the reappearance of wrinkles. However, after every session those wrinkles that do reappear are usually less severe because the treated muscles have become “trained” to relax.
Botox Injection Side Effects and Risks
Botox injections can result in temporary bruising. Although rare, headaches can occur after one to two days, as well, yet don’t continue for long. Dr. Price advises his patients to avoid rubbing the treatment site for about 12 hours following Botox injections to decrease bruising and enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.
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*Individual results may vary on case by case basis to the end of the page.