Every year, BOTOX injections are the most popular cosmetic procedure worldwide. BOTOX’s popularity is easy to explain — it works. Ever since its initial FDA approval in 2002, BOTOX has become one of the world’s most well known brands. It effectively removes lines and wrinkles on the upper third of the face.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX is classified as a neuromodulator. It is not a dermal filler. Neuromodulators, such as BOTOX and Dysport, block the nerve messages from a muscle to the brain. The brain doesn’t receive the message, so it doesn’t contract the muscle. Before its FDA approval for cosmetic use in 2002, BOTOX had been used since the 1970s to treat conditions such as involuntary eyelid spasms.
But when BOTOX was approved to treat wrinkles and lines on the upper third of the face, BOTOX became a legendary brand. BOTOX works on what are known as “dynamic” wrinkles. These are wrinkles that form on the skin when a muscle contracts beneath the area. Dynamic wrinkles form when we make common expressions such as frowning, squinting, and the like. When you frown, you can feel the muscles in your forehead engage. As we age and our skin becomes less elastic, these repeated expressions begin to form wrinkles. The result is crow’s feet, forehead lines, and vertical lines between the brows (known as the 11s).
When injected into the muscle creating a wrinkle, BOTOX® temporarily stops the muscle from contracting. Without the contraction, the wrinkle above either doesn’t form or is dramatically lessened in appearance.
What Areas Can BOTOX Be Used On?
BOTOX only works on dynamic wrinkles formed by muscle contractions. These occur on the expressive area of the face, the upper third. BOTOX is used on crow’s feet, the 11s, and certain forehead wrinkles.
BOTOX has no effect on the other type of wrinkles, static wrinkles. These are wrinkles that develop from sun damage, declining collagen production, and personal and environmental factors. Static wrinkles show themselves at all times.
Who Is A Good Candidate?
If you have crow’s feet, the 11s, and forehead lines, BOTOX is a great option to remove these signs of aging.
What Is The Difference Between BOTOX and Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are true to their name — they fill in a wrinkle or area of volume loss. The filler is injected beneath the wrinkle and it fills the depression, pushing the skin back upward. Dermal fillers work on static wrinkles that show themselves at all times. These wrinkles and areas of volume loss usually are found on the lower two thirds of the face.
BOTOX has no effect on static wrinkles. It works on dynamic wrinkles formed by muscle contractions. BOTOX works primarily on the upper third of the face.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Once injected, BOTOX takes around four days to fully take effect. It has to get to work blocking the nerve messages from the injected muscles to the brain. BOTOX effectively erases wrinkles for about four months, although these results can stretch to as long as six months in some patients.
What Is The Treatment Like?
Dr. Jensen injects BOTOX with a very tiny needle, so local anesthetic is not necessary. Your session takes just 15-20 minutes. Having BOTOX injected is a true “lunchtime” procedure.
Are There Side Effects?
BOTOX has been used millions of times around the world and has proven to be safe and effective. The typical side effects are redness, slight bruising, and possible swelling at the injection sites. These effects resolve quickly. Some people can develop a headache in the first day after their injections.
BOTOX injected by an inexperienced injector can be placed into an incorrect muscle, resulting in problems such as a drooping eyelid. That’s where Dr. Jensen’s extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and experience with BOTOX® comes in. He understands precisely where BOTOX should be injected for the most natural-looking results.
Patients must avoid rubbing their injection sites for 24 hours after their session. This can make the BOTOX® migrate to an unwanted muscle.
Is There Pain Associated with a BOTOX Session?
There is a slight pinprick sensation when the BOTOX is injected. The vast majority of patients have no problem with it, but if you would like a topical anesthetic prior to your injections we can provide that.