Botox was the most popular cosmetic treatment of 2022. In the US, more than 7.4 million people got Botox injections. When considering treatments from other countries, the value of the Botox industry rises to an even higher level of $4.4 billion. What distinguishes this treatment from others, and why is it so well-liked?
This post will cover the essential information you need to know about Botox cosmetic treatment.
What is the Botox Cosmetic Treatment?
Botox is a non-invasive, FDA-approved method of preventing wrinkles from developing when you squint, frown, or even smile. At Couture Dentistry, we ensure you get the natural appearance you want from Botox rather than appearing expressionless like a statue.
Since Botox does not remove existing wrinkles, it is best to begin treatment as soon as possible to get the best effects. Instead of erasing existing wrinkles, Botox stops the formation of wrinkles that would otherwise develop over time.
With only a few virtually painless injections, the procedure only takes 15 minutes, and results can be noticed within a few days that last 4-6 months.
What Does Botox Treat?
Botox cosmetic treatment addresses facial wrinkles that form because of constant muscular contractions beneath the skin. The most common issues that Botox addresses include the following:
- Glabellar lines (also called 11 lines – the vertical lines that form between the eyebrows)
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet (the lines starting at the corners of the eyes)
- Forehead lines
- Bunny lines (lines that develop when we wrinkle the nose)
- Platysma bands (wrinkles forming around the neck)
Aside from treating facial wrinkles, Botox is also useful for treating a few medical problems, such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), mentalis (the muscle controlling jaw stability) dysfunction, and more.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is a brand of neurotoxin made from Botulinum toxin, which comes from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria can cause botulism. Botulinum toxin can be lethal when used alone, but it is generally considered safe when administered by trained experts in controlled quantities.
Manufacturers utilize tiny quantities of the botulinum toxin to make Botox injections safe.
Neurotoxins attack the nervous system and interfere with the nerve signaling mechanisms that cause muscles to contract. This process is how the medication temporarily paralyzes muscles.
The nerves release acetylcholine – a chemical messenger – at the point where muscle cells and nerve endings come together to cause any muscle to contract. When acetylcholine binds to receptors on muscle cells, the cells shorten or contract.
Botox injections stop the nerves from releasing acetylcholine, effectively preventing muscle cells from contracting. The results are softer, smoother, and more relaxed muscles.
How Botox Treatments Go
An injection will be used to treat the damaged area. Although most people don’t feel pain during injections due to the tiny, medical-grade needles used, ice or a topical anesthetic can help if you’re worried about discomfort. The entire process takes no more than five minutes.
After therapy, there is not much time for recovery. Most of the time, applying an ice pack to the affected area for five to ten minutes will significantly lessen pain. The patient can immediately resume their normal activities.
When will the Results Show?
The Botox results won’t become apparent immediately after injections. The skin will need time to get used to the lack of contractions, even if the neurotoxin paralyzes the muscles and stops the nerves immediately.
As soon as Botox is injected into the muscles, it begins to work at preventing chemical messengers from reaching muscles. However, it may take seven to fourteen days after injection for Botox to display its optimum cosmetic effectiveness. Patients will glimpse the effects two to five days after the injection, and the full results are apparent two weeks later.
How Long Do Results Last?
The effects of Botox are just temporary; they usually last just three to four months. However, patients who receive regular care may get results that last longer.
The more you get Botox treatments, the more the underlying muscles deteriorate due to lack of use. Patients report that Botox results last longer after subsequent treatment sessions.
The Botox Side Effects
When performed by a qualified practitioner, Botox injections are dependable and safe. However, you can always expect minor side effects after any injection. The common side effects associated with Botox include injection-site bruising, redness, pain, swelling, numbness, and headache.
Rarely, the neurotoxic substance might spread and affect nearby muscles. The most common example of such a side effect is eyelid drooping – it happens when Botox spreads to the muscles responsible for eyelid movement.
Patients should avoid touching or scratching the treated area shortly after injection to prevent the spread of Botox to adjacent muscle groups. Additionally, they should wait 24 hours before doing any strenuous physical exercise.
The More Severe Side Effects of Botox
Aside from the common side effects discussed above, Botox can also have more damaging adverse effects. These include the following:
- Muscle weakness
- Vision problems
- Speaking or swallowing challenges
- Breathing difficulties
These issues typically occur when an inexperienced injector unintentionally injects neurotoxins into muscles that are not the intended target. It is crucial to talk to medical professionals right away if you have such adverse effects.
Working with certified and experienced injectors is the best way to reduce the risk of these potentially permanently damaging effects.
Are You a Suitable Candidate for Botox?
A person above 18, in good physical condition, and not pregnant or nursing is the perfect candidate for Botox injections. It is also best to have reasonable expectations for the procedure’s outcome.
Botox is an excellent option for anyone looking to improve their appearance by lessening the severity of facial wrinkles caused by muscular contractions beneath the skin.
The best time to receive Botox cosmetic treatments is before wrinkles develop on the forehead, around the eyes, or near the mouth. It’s difficult to predict when exactly wrinkles will form, but for some people, it might happen as soon as their late 20s or early 30s.
Regardless of age, finding a qualified professional whose aesthetic and treatment beliefs align with yours is essential when contemplating Botox cosmetic therapy. We always advise seeking consultation with an expert before getting any cosmetic treatment. Contact us at 214-919-7040 or [email protected] for more details about Botox.