Botox is an injectable anti-aging treatment that creates a smoother, younger appearance. The Botox solution contains small amounts of the botulinum toxin, which relaxes facial muscles that lead to the appearance of fine lines and deeper facial creases. Injections of Botox take just a few minutes to complete and involve little or no discomfort for the patients.
Botox is commonly used on the following treatment areas:
- Horizontal creases across the forehead
- Frown lines (vertical lines between the eyebrows)
- Crow’s feet (fine lines in the outer corners of the eyes)
In addition to cosmetic uses for Botox, the solution has also been used for the medical treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), cervical dystonia and migraine headaches.
About the Procedure
Proper placement of Botox injections is essential to ensuring the best possible results. In some cases, patients may be given a topical anesthetic prior to treatment to ensure comfort during the procedure. However, the small needle used to administer Botox injections rarely causes discomfort, even without anesthetic.
Botox injections usually take just a few minutes, depending on the number of treatment areas and injections required. Patients may return to work and regular activities immediately after the procedure. Mild bruising or swelling around the injection sites may occur, but this usually subsides within a few hours.
Results of Botox are seen right away and continue to improve in the days following treatment. Most patients enjoy good results from Botox that last 3-4 months before a touch-up treatment is needed. Some find that the more Botox procedures they have, the longer they can go between treatment sessions.
Botox is a proven method for achieving smoother, younger skin. To learn more about this injectable treatment, contact SKS Plastic Surgery at 512-324-8320.