BOTOX® is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the United States. Even though millions of injections are carried out every single year, many patients are still unsure of how they work and what they should expect during their appointment.
Read ahead to learn about exactly what these injections do and why you might benefit from the newest form of BOTOX®: BOTOX® Cosmetic.
Am I Ready for Botox Cosmetic?
Practically any patient that is no longer happy with their appearance due to facial wrinkles will make an excellent candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic. There are some lifestyle changes that can be made to slow the signs of aging, but nearly everyone will develop at least some fine lines around their eyes and forehead.
This can happen for a variety of reasons including facial muscles that remain constantly tensed. BOTOX® is used to relax these muscles and lessen the visibility of lines and wrinkles.
Differences Between Botox and Botox Cosmetic
Many patients never even realize that they have multiple options when it comes to BOTOX® injections. Traditional BOTOX® injections were approved by the FDA in the 1980s for the treatment of medical issues such as chronic migraines and severe underarm sweating.
BOTOX® Cosmetic, on the other hand, was approved by the FDA in 2002 for lines and wrinkles specifically on the forehead and eyebrows (frown lines). Both BOTOX® and BOTOX® Cosmetic are nearly identical and utilize the same chemicals to soften lines and wrinkles.
How Does Botox Cosmetic Work?
Unlike dermal fillers that help to plump areas of the face that have lost their volume, BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected under the skin into the facial muscles. Over the years, many of the muscles in one’s face will stay contracted throughout the day.
This can lead to wrinkles around one’s eyes and forehead that almost never disappear. To combat this, BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into the muscle to relax it.
Within a few days of the injections, most patients will notice a significant reduction in their wrinkles.
The entire appointment can often be carried out in as little as 10-15 minutes. The injection sites are cleaned and ice can be applied. There is absolutely no recovery time, and patients can head back to work or carry on with their daily activities immediately following their appointment.
Depending on the severity of the wrinkles, the results should last for three months or longer. At that point, patients can then schedule maintenance appointments to continue enjoying smooth and toned skin. Contact Medical Aesthetics of New England today to make an appointment and see if BOTOX® is right for you.