Why you should be getting Botox

Botox has a cult-like following because of the amazing results it delivers with no downtime. But how much do you know about the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment? Here are eight things you should know about Botox:

  1. There are two types of wrinkles: static and dynamic. Botox is effective on dynamic wrinkles. These wrinkles form when we make expressions such as smiling, frowning or squinting. Over time, these repeated expressions lead to wrinkles forming on the surface of the skin.
  2. Static wrinkles are wrinkles like the marionette lines, smile lines and parenthesis lines that are always visible. The most effective treatment for static wrinkles are dermal fillers.
  3. Botox works on the upper third of the face, where you make expressions. Botox treats forehead lines and creases, the 11s between the eyebrows and crow’s feet around the eyes.
  4. Botox is made of the botulinum toxin type A, which is the same bacteria that causes botulism. In the 1950s, scientists discovered that when the toxin was injected in very minute doses into a muscle, the muscle stopped contracting and relaxed.
  5. When Botox is injected into a muscle that creates the wrinkle above it, it stops the signal from the muscle to the brain, which keeps the muscle from contracting and smooths out the skin.
  6. Treatment usually takes no more than 15-20 minutes, depending on the number of injections you need.
  7. There is no downtime needed, which is one of the reasons why Botox is so popular. Patients return to their regular routine after their treatment session. You will want to avoid rubbing the injection sites for 24 hours after your session. You also may have some slight redness and swelling at the injection sites, which subsides within a day.
  8. Patients will see results in the next few days with results that last about four months on average. Around that time, your body will absorb the now-inert Botox and your treated muscles will start contracting again. That’s when you’ll want to go back for additional treatment to maintain results.

To learn more about Botox and whether it’s right for you, call 425-455-2131 today for a consultation.

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