What Exactly Does Botox Do?

Even though lines and wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, it isn’t necessary to live with them. Botox can erase dynamic lines and wrinkles without any painful invasive procedure or downtime. It has many applications and will never result in pain. Today, our experts at Complete Laser Clinic & Cosmetic Surgery Center in Asheville, NC are discussing everything you need to know about this non-invasive anti-aging treatment.

What Exactly Does Botox Do? 

Dynamic lines and wrinkles are triggered by muscle contractions that occur when emoting and using your facial muscles in other ways, such as talking, eating, and drinking. Botox treats these wrinkles by reducing the frequency of muscle contractions.

This is achieved by blocking some of the communication between the brain and the muscle by binding to the motor nerves in the area. This eliminates the dynamic lines and wrinkles, helping you look years younger.

What Areas Can This Injectable Treat? 

The Forehead

People most commonly seek Botox to erase forehead lines and wrinkles. A few quick injections will erase the deepest forehead folds, leaving you with firm, flawlessly smooth skin that appears years younger.

Between the Brows

Although forehead folds are usually the first signs of aging to appear on the face, younger people also commonly experience wrinkles between the eyebrows. This injectable muscle relaxant can be administered into a few strategic points in the glabellar muscles to make eyebrow wrinkles a thing of the past.

Around the Mouth

Botox can also be used to erase marionette lines and other types of lines that form around the corners of the mouth. A single, quick injection session is all that is necessary to erase these lines and wrinkles, helping you look up to five years younger than your chronological age. Shortly after your treatment, you can feel confident smiling in pictures and laughing with your friends knowing your skin is firm, smooth and youthful.

Additionally, this injectable muscle relaxant can be used to augment the upper lip. If you’re worried about the way your mouth looks when you smile, please let us know during your initial consultation. Depending on your unique aesthetic goals, you may benefit from a combination of Botox and dermal filler injections to give you a perfectly plump pout.

Other Areas

This injectable muscle relaxant can also be administered to other areas. For example, it has often been used to erase dynamic nasolabial folds and relax the muscles around the corners of the eyes. Just let us know during your free consultation where your areas of concern are. If this injectable muscle relaxant can’t improve your appearance, a dermal filler can.

FAQs Answered

Is This Treatment Painful? 

No, this non-invasive treatment isn’t’ painful at all. Additionally, there is nothing uncomfortable about this treatment, either. We use a very fine-gauge needle to administer the muscle relaxant to ensure no pain occurs.

Is This Treatment Safe? 

Yes, this treatment is perfectly safe. It was approved by the FDA for safety well over a decade ago. Since then, it has been performed countless times around the world. If it wasn’t safe, there would be reports of negative consequences during or after the treatment session. 

Is This Treatment Really Effective? 

Yes, this treatment truly is effective. It wasn’t just approved by the FDA for safety; it was also approved by the FDA for efficacy. Furthermore, it wouldn’t be one of the most popular anti-aging treatments in the world if it didn’t really work. If your lines and wrinkles are triggered by muscle contractions, you can rest assured this treatment will work for you.

Is This Treatment Right for Me? 

Typically, people are considered good candidates for this injectable anti-aging treatment when they have cosmetic concerns caused by overactive muscles. That said, it is not FDA-approved for everyone. We will advise you during your free consultation on whether you qualify for this treatment.

To determine whether this treatment is right for you, we will discuss your medical history, current health, and the drugs and supplements you are currently taking. For instance, we need to know about any blood thinners, sleep aids, or oral muscle relaxants you are currently taking and whether you can safely stop taking those medications temporarily. Additionally, you should hold off on this treatment if you are currently pregnant or nursing.

Can It Treat Severe Wrinkles? 

Yes, as noted above, this injectable muscle relaxant can relax away the deepest wrinkles. This treatment is so effective because it treats the root cause of dynamic wrinkles. That said, in extremely severe cases, two injection sessions will be necessary to erase the wrinkles fully.

How Should I Prepare for My Session? 

To prepare for your injection session, you should protect your skin from irritation. For example, it is very important to wear adequate sun protection in the weeks leading up to your scheduled appointment. If you have a sunburn on the day of your treatment, you will have to reschedule.

It is also important to take preventative medication before your session if you are prone to such skin irritation as oral herpes or acne outbreaks. Furthermore, it is highly advisable to not smoke or drink alcohol in the days leading up to your session.

How Quickly Do the Results Become Apparent? 

Most people see the results of their treatment within two to three days of injections. Nevertheless, it can take anywhere from 10 to 14 days to see the final results. Regardless, the results of this treatment become apparent much more quickly than the results of invasive procedures become apparent. This is due to the lack of swelling after the injections. Additionally, you don’t have to deal with any downtime after your injections.

Will My Results Look Natural? 

Yes, your results will look completely natural. You will look exactly like yourself; you’ll just be free from wrinkles and lines. People who never saw your dynamic wrinkles and folds will not be able to tell you had professional help achieving flawlessly smooth skin. Each treatment is tailored to the individual’s needs, so you can feel confident you will be able to have all your concerns corrected.

Do I Have To Schedule Different Sessions for Different Areas? 

No, you do not have to schedule different sessions for different areas. We often treat two or three problem areas in a single, convenient session.

How Long Do the Results Last? 

You can expect the results of your treatment to last between four and six months. That said, everyone ages at a different rate. In some cases, results last for 12 months before a maintenance session is necessary. We can give you a better idea of how long you can expect your results to last during your free consultation once we have evaluated the severity of your cosmetic concerns.

How Long Does a Treatment Session Take? 

You can expect your treatment session to take no longer than 30 minutes. The average session takes between 10 and 15 minutes. However, a number of factors affect the exact length of time a session will take.

For example, your treatment will take longer if you are treating several areas, you have very deep wrinkles, or you are combining this convenient treatment with another cosmetic treatment. We can give you a better idea of how long you should expect your appointment to take during your free consultation.

Schedule a Free Consult Today

Botox eliminates dynamic lines and wrinkles by binding to some of the motor receptors in the treatment area. It can be used to address such lines and wrinkles anywhere muscles are contracting excessively. However, it is most commonly used to erase moderate-to-severe forehead folds and eyebrow wrinkles. To request a free consultation, contact us today at Complete Laser Clinic & Cosmetic Surgery Centcontacter in Asheville, NC. We also have convenient locations in Hickory, Nebo, and Mooresville. 

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