If you’ve noticed unwanted wrinkles and creases appearing on your face, the thought of getting Botox injections has probably already crossed your mind. Botox is the most frequently performed cosmetic procedure in the United States today. You’ve probably heard at least one friend or family member rave about the results of their Botox injections.
You’re reading this page because you’re curious about whether Botox could work for you. Let us explain how Botox works so you can put any fears to rest and make an informed decision about this safe and effective treatment.
What Botox Treats
Botox can be used to treat very specific and targeted areas of aging on the face. It is a localized treatment that works to minimize lines and wrinkles in the area where it is injected. Some of the most common areas of the face that we treat with Botox are:
- Vertical lines/frown lines between the eyebrows
- Forehead or worry lines
- Crow’s feet around the eyes
- Bunny lines on the nose
- Smoker’s lines (vertical lines around the lips)
- Around the eyebrows to provide a gentle lift
- Gummy Smile
- Dimpling of the chin (“peach pit” chin or peu D’Orange chin)
- Vertical neck bands
How Botox Works
Botox is a purified protein that comes from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. When it is injected into a muscle, it stops the nerve impulse from reaching the muscle, thus preventing it from contracting as strongly. This causes the muscle to weaken and relax, allowing the overlying skin to soften and causing wrinkles in the area to disappear. Botox has been in use for many years and is approved by the FDA for the treatment of areas such as the glabellar wrinkles (frown lines) and crow’s feet.
What to Expect During a Botox Treatment Session
Before injecting Botox, Dr. Chugh will give you the option of having a topical anesthetic if you wish. Many people, however, do not find this initial step necessary, as they are able to tolerate the injection discomfort quite well. Dr. Chugh will then use a tiny needle to inject small amounts of Botox into your skin and/or muscles. The number of injections she administers will depend upon the size of the area being treated and the exact complaint being addressed. It usually takes about 10 minutes to administer Botox injections.
After the procedure, you can resume normal activities immediately. You should avoid rubbing the treated area as this may cause the product to move into another part of the face. Some patients experience minor redness or bruising at the injection site, which can be covered with makeup.
The results of Botox are typically seen within 3 to 10 days. You can expect the results to be maintained for about 3 to 4 months before you need a touch up. Some patients who have been receiving Botox for several years report that the results last longer and find they are able to extend the interval between injections up to 5 months at times.
Botox is one of the safest cosmetic treatments available today. Contrary to popular belief, the Botox protein itself is not a poison as it has been modified extensively into a pure form with a very dilute concentration. When injected properly into the muscle, it does not enter other areas of the body. To increase the safety of this treatment, we encourage patients to only undergo Botox with a physician who is experienced in administering the product. At Anand Medical Spa, we do not use nurses or physicians assistants to administer Botox injections. Dr. Chugh is the only person who provides Botox to our patients.
If you’re ready to learn more about how Botox can rejuvenate your appearance, we encourage you to contact us today to set up an initial consultation. During this consultation, Dr. Chugh will answer any questions you may have. She will also assess your face and help you determine whether Botox can provide the results you desire.
If you are coming in for a consultation and/or treatment, please make sure to read the pre-treatment instructions.