What is Botox?
Botox is an FDA-approved neurotoxin produced from botulinum toxin. In the cosmetic world, it’s used primarily for the ability to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. Botox injections are medically used to remove wrinkles by temporarily relaxing certain facial muscles. The injection targets frown lines, crow’s feet (wrinkles around the eyes), the ’11’ in between the eyebrows, and horizontal forehead lines.
Botox injections work by weakening or relaxing certain muscle groups in the upper face, or by blocking certain nerves. The effects last about 3 to 12 months, depending on what you are treating. The most common side effects are swelling and bruising at the injection site(s).
Why should I get a Botox treatment?
Botox is one of the most ideal, non-surgical solutions for patients who want to look a few years younger quickly. This procedure works by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the upper face. This is especially beneficial for those who wish to eliminate unsightly wrinkles and fine lines and recapture parts of their youthful appearance.
This is a muscle-relaxing procedure. When muscles are relaxed, wrinkles are relaxed too.
What to expect during the treatment
A highly skilled, master injector from Iconic Plastic Surgery will administer the Botox injections in the desired facial areas. This will only take a few minutes and requires no anesthesia or downtime. Once administered, the effects of Botox will become apparent in about 3 to 14 days depending on the patient.
What to expect after treatment
Immediately after the treatment, patients will notice minor redness and swelling which will usually subside within 10 minutes. During this time, noticeable results will not be visible. Once you’ve reached the one week mark, you’re likely to see the Botox results, however, it won’t be fully developed until the second week.
There is no recovery time with Botox injections
You’re able to return to your normal activities straight away
How long will the results from Botox last?
Botox, though is an effective method in reducing fine lines and wrinkles is not a permanent solution. The effects typically last anywhere between 3 to 6 months depending on the dosage and patient. During these months, you’re likely to notice the fine lines and wrinkles gradually return. A great way to prolong the effects of Botox is to use a medical grade skincare product recommended by a medical professional at Iconic.
After repeated injections, and an at-home skin care regimen, fine lines and wrinkles will appear less severe
Am I a Good Candidate for Botox?
If you have unwanted facial wrinkles, you may want to consider Botox.
Good candidates for Botox are as follows:
- Wrinkles are located around the eyes, forehead and neck
- You have a realistic expectation for improvement
- You have moderate to severe facial wrinkles
- Your overall health is in good standing
If you would like more information about our Botox injections, please reach out to our Carlsbad plastic surgery office for a consultation. Iconic Plastic Surgery proudly serves Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside and areas north of San Diego, CA.