As we age, our faces begin to show the effects of gravity, sun exposure and years of facial muscle movement, such as smiling, chewing and squinting. The underlying tissues that keep our skin looking youthful and plumped up begin to break down, often leaving laugh lines, smile lines, crow’s feet or facial creases over the areas where this muscle movement occurs.
It is important to understand the difference between neuromodulators and dermal fillers. Botox and Dysport are neuromodulators that work by preventing muscles from contracting so that wrinkles are softened. Dermal fillers work by plumping up creases and hollowness, restoring fullness to the face. Fillers can also be used to create fuller, more sensuous lips.
Botox relaxes muscles and softens wrinkles around the eyes, frown lines, and forehead. It can be used as a preventative treatment against wrinkles. It is recommended every 3-4 months for optimal effect.
Am I a good candidate for Botox?
You are good candidate for Botox if you have areas of dynamic wrinkles that you would like to soften. Dynamic wrinkles are lines that are created by expressions. Botox works by relaxing muscles that cause the expressions. The most popular areas to be treated by Botox is the frown lines, smiles lines around the eyes, and forehead creases.
Your personal consultation
During the consultation, you will be asked about the results you expect to achieve from Botox. This will help us to understand your expectations and determine whether they can be realistically achieved.
How will I be evaluated for Botox?
Our nurse or doctor will examine the areas of concern to determine the appropriate placement and dosage of Botox. You should be prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, pregnancies, previous surgeries, and medications that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information.
How is Botox performed?
You will be assessed by our nurse or doctor for the appropriate placement and dosage of Botox. Botox is injected with a tiny needle, and discomfort is minimal. Most patients require retreatment in 3-4 months.
How do I prepare for my Botox treatment?
Avoid blood thinners such as aspirin and Advil for two weeks prior to your appointment. Arrive your appointment with your face freshly cleaned.
Botox – How will I look or feel initially?
Botox takes about 48-72 hours to take effect, so you will be able to return back to work immediately after treatment. You may notice some slight bumps at the injection sites, these will disappear after 20 minutes. You will notice that your lines are relaxed and softened in 2-3 days. As with any injection, there is a possibility that you may bruise.
For more information
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