What Is Botox?
Richens Eye Center provides Botox injections to patients in St George UT and surrounding areas. Botox is a form of botulinum toxin A that was transformed into a safe and therapeutic form. When Botox is injected, it temporarily paralyzes muscles and can be used to treat furrows and wrinkles in the skin. In addition to its cosmetic applications, Botox is also used to treat various medical problems, including neck spasms, crossed eyes, chronic back pain, jaw pain, and migraines.
Am I A Good Candidate For Botox?
Botox works by temporarily stopping muscles from contracting. Certain wrinkles, known as “dynamic” wrinkles, form due to repeated muscle contractions when we make certain expressions. Go ahead, make a frown and you can feel the muscles between your brows, around your eyes, and on your forehead engage. When Botox is injected into these muscles, it keeps them relaxed and the wrinkles don’t form on the surface skin above the muscles. Botox works on crow’s feet at the outside of the eyes, frown lines (the 11s) between the eyebrows, and on forehead lines. If these are the wrinkles you seek to erase, Botox is the way to go.
However, if your wrinkles and lines are on the mid and lower face, such as nasolabial folds running from your nose to the corners of your mouth or marionette lines, Botox is not the right choice. Those wrinkles, known as “static” wrinkles, form due to sun damage, declining collagen production, personal habits such as smoking, and other environmental factors. Static wrinkles show themselves at all times and have nothing to do with muscle contractions. Botox does not work on these wrinkles; they are the domain of dermal fillers such as Restylane.
When Should I Start Getting Botox Injections?
This is a personal decision, of course. Wrinkles and lines begin to form around our eyes, brows, and forehead after we contract these muscles hundreds of thousands of times. This is partly due to the fact that our collagen production is declining and our skin is thinning and becoming less elastic as we age. That’s why young people don’t have crow’s feet or lines on their forehead.
So, when would Botox be right for you? When you start to see the signs of crow’s feet, the 11s, or forehead lines and you don’t like the look of them, then it’s probably a good time for some Botox. There isn’t a set age or timeframe.
The Botox injection procedure is quick and simple. A Botox injection requires no anesthetic, but some providers may choose to numb the injection site area. Various options exist to numb the area and to minimize discomfort. Next, a narrow gauge, or tiny needles, will be inserted directly into the muscle, and the Botox is injected. The injection blocks a chemical called Acetylcholine which normally causes muscle contraction and causes wrinkles.
The procedure takes 10-15 minutes depending on the number of areas injected. Many women and men utilize their lunch hour to regain a youthful look through Botox. Results generally appear within 7 days, and may last up to 6 months. Recovery is immediate; there is no down time.
How Long Do The Results From Botox Last?
Botox relaxes the muscles that form wrinkles on the skin above for about 6 months in most patients. This can vary slightly based on the person’s individual metabolism. Eventually the body absorbs the now-inert Botox and the muscles begin to contract again. At this point, another Botox session at Richens Eye Center will maintain your results.
If you’re planning on having some Botox injected before a party or event, you need to take into account that Botox takes 4-5 days to fully block the nerve messages in the muscle and stop the muscle contractions. Results are not immediate.
Botox was deemed the original “lunchtime procedure” because the injections take just 10-15 minutes and the patient can go right back to work or other normal activities immediately afterwards. There isn’t any recovery or downtime.
One thing is important after your session: patients need to not rub their injection sites for 24 hours. This can inadvertently cause the Botox to migrate to an unwanted muscle.
Are Botox Injections Painful?
We inject Botox with a very tiny needle, and it is not injected to great depth. Injection sessions only take 10-15 minutes. Most patients equate the feeling of Botox injections to that of a pinprick.
Is Botox Safe?
When the FDA first approved Botox for treating wrinkles there was a good deal of trepidation with some potential users about injecting the botulinum toxin into their skin. That was in 2002. Botox was thoroughly researched prior to that FDA approval. Since then Botox has been injected millions of times around the world and it has proven to be a very safe and effective way to erase lines and wrinkles on the upper third of the face.
The typical side effects after having Botox injected is slight redness and possible slight swelling at the injection sites. This passes in a few hours. Rarely, a patient can develop a headache for a few hours after Botox injections.
The only real risk with Botox is if it is injected into the wrong muscle. That can lead to issues such as a drooping eyelid. That’s why it’s important for your injector to have extensive knowledge of the muscles and anatomy around the eyes and on the upper part of the face. Dr. Richens and our entire team have that knowledge and expertise, so you can be assured you’ll love the results from your Botox injections.
Side Effects Of Botox
The Botox injection procedure has been used by experts for over 20 years for various medical and cosmetic conditions. However, as with any procedure, there can be risks, so it is advised that Botox only be administered by medical professionals. Risks and side effects include: