Minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures continue to grow in popularity, with anti-aging treatments – injectables, such a Botox® leading the way. Both men and women of all ages are fueling that surge. People can’t get enough of Botox® injections for targeting fine lines and wrinkles, and so much more. Botox® injections are one of our specialties, here at DermaClinic.
What is Botox®?
Botox® is actually the brand name for a cosmetic injectable made from Botulinum toxin A, that temporarily reduces or eliminates facial fine lines and wrinkles.
Botox® works by blocking nerve impulses. The most commonly treated areas are frown lines, forehead creases, and crow’s feet (lines on the outside corners of the eyes). It can also be used to target lip lines, as well as for the chin (skin dimpling), the corner of the mouth (lifts the corners of the mouth), and the neck (diminish necklines). It can also be used to soften a square jawline and to correct a so-called gummy smile.
Botox® injections for cosmetic reasons are highly effective. They are considered both safe and effective for helping to smooth facial lines.
Who is a Good Candidate for Botox®?
For starters, the patient has to be over the age of 18 and should be in overall good health. However, it may not be the best option for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a history of neuromuscular diseases. We can discuss your medical history when you come in for a consultation.
What Are the Other Uses for Botox®?
Besides cosmetics reasons, Botox® is also used to help with some medical conditions. Doctors use Botox® to treat excessive sweating, migraines, muscular disorders, and some bowel and bladder disorders, such as overactive bladder. Doctors also use it to treat stiffness/spasms or movement disorders and to treat certain eyes disorders such as crossed eyes, lazy eyes, and uncontrolled blinking.
How Long Does Botox® Last?
The length of time that Botox® lasts varies, from person to person. But the effects of Botox®, Dysport, and Xeomin typically last 3 to 6 months. Many patients extend their results by regularly undergoing maintenance treatments. You will need fewer treatments over time, to get the same effect.
How Many Units of Botox® Do I Need?
The number of units you will need depends on many factors, starting with the areas being targeted. Individual facial muscles require different amounts of Botox®. Other factors taken into consideration include your facial characteristics, gender, and size.
Common Misconceptions About Botox®
One of the biggest misconceptions about Botox® is that you will instantly see the results. That’s not true. It’s a gradual effect and you’ll likely notice a change within 3 to 5 days, with full results becoming visible after 7 to 10 days. Another big misconception is that Botox® results are permanent. Results are not permanent, and they usually last 3 to 6 months.
Looking for Botox in Coral Gables?
When you’re ready to get a more youthful, refreshed appearance, call DermaClinic at 786-210-4234. Botox is one of several cosmetic treatments we offer designed to help you look your best. We look forward to helping you look your best.