Botox Q & A
Botox is an FDA-approved treatment that temporarily reduces crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines. In addition to being incredibly popular in the United States, Botox is also approved in at least 95 other countries.
Botox is formulated from Clostridium botulinum, a natural substance found in soil, lakes, and forests. In certain concentrations botulinum toxin is deadly, but the volume used in cosmetic applications is perfectly safe.
You may have heard that Botox works by paralyzing the muscles in your face. In reality, Botox injections work by impeding the ability of your muscles to go through their full range of motion.
That means the skin over the targeted muscles isn’t pulled into folds and wrinkles. The area around your eyes, forehead, and between your eyebrows is smoothed, but not frozen.
You may think of Botox as only a cosmetic treatment, but the drug is also used in many different medical applications. Botox has been in use for more than 50 years and is included in more than 495 peer-reviewed pieces in medical and scientific journals.
The cosmetic applications of Botox have been studied in clinical trials for more than 15 years. That well-established safety record is part of why Botox is the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatment in the world.
The needles used to deliver Botox injections are very thin, and most men and women feel only a small pinch during treatments. In general, it takes five injections to treat forehead lines and frown lines, and three injections to treat crow’s feet.
The entire process usually takes less than 15 minutes. There’s no need for anesthesia or downtime, and you can return to your normal schedule immediately after your appointment.
You’ll begin to see results in 24-48 hours, but it may take 3-10 days before the full results develop. The effects will last up to four months. At that point, you can decide if you’d like to move forward with additional treatments or pursue other treatment options. Many men and women report extended results from subsequent treatments.
To learn more about how Botox can help you reach your aesthetic goals, schedule an appointment with Providence Plastic Surgery & Skin Center today. You can book our visit using the online scheduling tool or by calling the office.
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If you’re searching for a way to lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles without surgery, BotoxⓇ might offer a great solution. The team at Providence Plastic Surgery & Skin Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, is highly skilled at placing Botox injections to deliver impressive, yet natural-looking, results. If you’ve been thinking of trying Botox, but have lingering questions or concerns, schedule a consultation today. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy life, or you can always stop by or call the office to book your visit.