Botox is a non-invasive, FDA-approved method of reducing or eliminating fine lines and wrinkles around the patient’s forehead and eyes. These wrinkles are often caused by muscle movement under the skin, known as expression lines. At Signature Smiles, Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause these lines to appear in the first place. While results are visible after just one treatment, some patients achieve full results after two weeks of regular treatments. Patients that need deep folds between the eyebrows will see the quickest and most noticeable results. Those with fine lines near the corners of the eyes and on the forehead may notice the improvement in about one week. Those with mild frown lines and crow’s feet may not experience any visible results until two weeks have passed. Botox is a quick, safe, and effective option for those that want to reduce the appearance of their facial wrinkles. This treatment is also beneficial for TMJ disorder patients who suffer from clenching and grinding their teeth at night, as it can also relax the jaw muscles and lessen the wear on teeth. Additionally, Botox can reduce excess sweat in the armpits and palms of the hands.
Botox works by temporarily relaxing the muscles responsible for wrinkles and fine lines. The treatment causes this relaxation by blocking the nerve impulses that cause the facial muscles to contract. Since the affected muscles cannot contract, the skin smoothes and appears much smoother than before the treatment. A single Botox injection's effects typically last three to four months, so regular injections are needed to maintain results. However, patients can see smoother skin up to a month after their Botox treatment.
Patients who wish to avoid the hassle of repeated treatments can try combining Botox with other injectables. An injection of dermal fillers can often complement the effects of Botox by filling in deep-set lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers can also address age-related volume loss in the face and improve the appearance of sunken cheeks or hollowed under eyes caused by fat loss in the cheek area. Combining Botox with dermal fillers can treat a variety of cosmetic concerns at once and yield optimal results if administered by a professional.
Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but some people experience wrinkles earlier than others. If you are considering getting Botox, you must consider why you want the treatment and the results you hope to achieve. This will help you and your provider decide if the procedure is correct and how to proceed.
Although Botox is considered minimally invasive and safe for most people, some possible side effects should be considered before treatment. Botox's most common side effects are headaches, temporary muscle weakness in the injection area, or drooping eyelids. These issues usually last only a few days or less and are treatable with over-the-counter medications. Discussing all medical history with your provider is essential to ensure you are a good candidate for treatment.
To learn more about the procedure, visit Signature Smiles at 4642 Chamberlain Lane, Suite 252, Louisville, Kentucky, 40261, or call 502 326-1800.
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