Botox® injections use botulinum toxin type A to restrict a person’s muscle movement temporarily. The neurotoxin works by blocking certain chemical signals from reaching the nerves and has most notably diminished fine lines and wrinkles in the skin.
Unlike regular botulinum toxin, Botox® is safe when administered properly and does not cause any commonly associated toxin illnesses, such as botulism.
What are the Benefits of Botox®?
Whether we like it or not, genetic make-up, repeated facial movements, and age, in general, will eventually manifest in wrinkles and fine lines. Botox® can temporarily weaken the muscles in your face that create laugh or marionette lines, crow’s feet, forehead creases, and other types of wrinkles.
The injections do not paralyze the face or create an unnatural appearance when administered by a skilled professional. Instead, Botox® will result in smoother, younger-looking skin without the need for invasive plastic surgery.
Generally, patients seek out Botox® when they’ve already noticed furrows in their skin, but it can also be used preventatively to delay the development of wrinkles. Typically, preventative Botox® is administered when a patient is in their late 20s and 30s and may require smaller amounts of the injectable.
Botox® injections may also be used for additional medical purposes, including:
- Chronic migraines
- Eye twitching
- Muscle contractures (such as those caused by neurological conditions)
- Lazy eye
- Excessive sweating
What Can I Expect Before and After a Botox Injection?
Before the procedure, you will meet with one of our medical professionals to determine if you are a candidate for the injectable. During this consultation, you will be asked a series of medical questions to ensure that Botox® injections are a safe option for you and get a sense of what you would like to achieve. By the end of the appointment, you will have a clear understanding of the amount of Botox you will be getting, and where you will be getting it.
During the procedure, one of our medical practitioners may numb your skin before administering the treatment to make it more comfortable. Then, they will use a thin needle to inject small amounts of Botox® into your skin and/or muscles.
The number of injections needed may vary based on the severity of your issue and the area being treated. However, the procedure is often relatively quick, with only minimal pain from the injection sites. Directly after, ice and pressure may be applied to the area(s) to reduce discomfort and swelling.
Botox® does not require significant downtime or recovery. However, following the procedure, your specialist will give you aftercare instructions to ensure that you see the best results and do not cause any unintended side effects or harm.
For example, patients should avoid lying down, rubbing treated areas, or engage in strenuous activity in the hours following their procedure. You can expect to see results within the first week of treatment and reap the effects for about 3 months thereafter. For continuous results, you can schedule regular intervals of administration.
Contact Us For More Information
At Forward Healthy Lifestyles, our experienced medical staff can assist you in achieving your skin or medical goals. Call us today at (262) 313-8375 to schedule a complimentary Botox® consultation and see what our treatments can do for you.