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Botox: What Can It Really Do?

Botox is one of the leading cosmetic treatments in the world and an extremely safe and effective way to combat signs of aging. Therefore, it’s not surprising many women and men turn to Botox when they notice bothersome lines and wrinkles.

With a natural and conservative approach, Botox can help these individuals rejuvenate their skin, without incisions, anesthesia, or downtime.

But before undergoing treatment, you may wonder what can Botox really do?

Continue reading as we answer this question and describe what patients can expect from the procedure.

What Is Botox?

Botox is a quick, easy, and non-invasive anti-aging procedure. It involves injecting botulinum toxin type A into targeted facial muscles to temporarily inhibit their movement. As a result, muscles are unable to contract and crease skin, which helps smooth wrinkles and lines.

How Is the Treatment Performed?

Prior to treatment, individuals will have an in-person consultation to discuss their medical history, concerns and goals, and expected results. If deemed a good candidate for Botox, the treatment area will be cleansed and numbed with ice or a topical anesthetic.

Then, Botox is skillfully injected into muscles at different points on the face. Most patients find the treatment very tolerable and may feel a slight pinch or some pressure.

Immediately after, the injection site may exhibit mild redness or swelling. However, these effects typically resolve in an hour or two, and patients can go about their day as they normally would.

Botox: What Can It Really Do?

In addition to having over 20 medical uses, Botox is FDA-approved for the treatment of forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet. It can also be used off-label to conceal a gummy smile and diminish neck lines.

Following Botox injections, patients will be pleased to note a visible smoothing of lines and relaxation of wrinkles. Many women and men find that they look like a more refreshed and youthful version of themselves.

While these effects can be seen within 3-5 days, it can take up to 14 days to appreciate final results.

How Long Do Botox Results Last?

Individual factors, including patient age, skin elasticity, dosing, provider expertise, and treatment area, can impact Botox longevity. With that being said, most people enjoy Botox benefits for 3-6 months.

If you are considering a neurotoxin treatment and want to learn more about what Botox can really do, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. West.