Botox® has quickly become one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the United States. This product can make you look and feel years younger by helping to smooth commonly encountered facial wrinkles. Although Botox® is injected by many different practitioners, we recommend that you have your injections performed by our professionals who have trained in cosmetic injections.
How does Botox® work?
- Botox® is a naturally-occurring chemical that weakens facial muscles in the injected area(s).
- Muscle contraction is one of the factors that causes facial wrinkles to form.
- When Botox®starts to work, the injected muscle cannot contract and there is a noticeable improvement in wrinkles (see photos).
- Botox® is FDA-approved for the following muscle groups:
- Glabellar lines (aka “frown” lines or “11’s”): These are the vertical and horizontal lines that form between the eyebrows.
- Lateral periorbital lines (aka “crow’s feet”): These are the creases that form to the side of your eyes when smiling or squinting.
- You may experience some mild red skin discoloration immediately after the injections. These subside within 1 hour.
- The risk of bruising is mild.
- You can wear make-up immediately.
- Botox® usually begins to work after 2-3 days. By 1 week, it is working at full strength.
- Botox® lasts 3-4 months for most individuals; however, for some patients it can last up to 6 months.