As people age, they experience changes in the look of their faces. Skin that was once firm and tight becomes loose, creating fine lines and wrinkles. While there are many factors at play in this process, the constant movement of facial muscles is at the heart of it.
Fortunately, BOTOX is able to prevent the formation of wrinkles and lines by interfering with this process. Patients can now enjoy smoother, younger-looking faces with this quick and simple procedure.
What is Botox?
BOTOX is a cosmetic injectable that prevents and reduces the appearance of fine lines by relaxing the muscles under the skin. It is a neuromodulator, meaning that it temporarily obstructs communication between the brain and treated muscles.
When the neurotransmitter acetylcholine is released, it causes muscle movements. Botox simply blocks this neurotransmitter at the neuromuscular junction–the point at which the motor neuron meets the muscle. A reduction in muscle contractions leads to a reduction in wrinkles.
What are the benefits?
Botox has helped patients all over the world regain a more youthful complexion. This effective treatment has the ability to improve the appearance of wrinkles and lines in just one single treatment. Among the benefits are:
- A reduction in fine lines (horizontal, glabellar, forehead, and bunny lines)
- Prevention of new lines
- A fast procedure that can be performed in under an hour
- A minimally invasive treatment
- No incisions and minimal downtime
- Results show up within 3-5 days
How does the procedure work?
Before getting started, a topical anesthetic is applied to the target areas to mitigate any potential discomfort. The BOTOX injections are then strategically administered to the patient’s areas of concern. The Botulinum toxin inhibits muscle contractions, leading to a decrease in wrinkles. The process is repeated across the target area to ensure thorough distribution. The whole procedure typically takes an hour to complete.
Who is aCandidate?
Generally speaking, healthy men and women over the age of 18 are usually ideal candidates for BOTOX. While this powerful injectable can address issues such as dynamic wrinkles, creases, and fine lines, it may not be for everyone. Patients interested in a BOTOX procedure should meet the following criteria:
- A desire to reduce wrinkles around the mouth, nose, and brow
- Have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure
- No allergies to the ingredients of BOTOX
- Not currently pregnant or nursing
- No issues with skin or nerve conditions
Patients who smoke or drink will need to avoid these habits prior to and following the procedure.
Beyond wrinkles, BOTOX is also often employed to address other issues, such as:
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Muscle spasms
- Excessive salivation
Patients see fantastic results once the recovery period is over. While initial results show up after 3-5 days, full results set in by the 2-week mark. Results are characterized by a remarkable improvement in the look of the skin. Results typically last for about four months. This is because the body slowly metabolizes the Botox, allowing muscle movement to resume in the treated area.
Why choose us?
Bailey Jackson, BSN RN, is our aesthetic injector. Her advanced BSN education specifically addressed patient care technology, research, health promotion, safety, and quality within the healthcare system.
Bailey received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Linfield University in 2020. In 2021 she completed training with the American Academy of Facial Aesthetics to become a certified master injector of BOTOX and Dysport neurotoxins.
She has always been interested in aesthetics, and working with Dr. Lewis and seeing the results produced by cosmetic surgery and injectables inspired Bailey to enhance her skill set and become an Aesthetic injector.
Bailey’s long-term passion for aesthetics and love of helping people achieve their aesthetic goals to feel comfortable in their skin makes her a treasured member of the Lewis Plastic Surgery team!
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