Numerous reality shows and celebrity magazines depict cases of Botox® gone wrong: a person with a completely unnatural, frozen face. Despite the negative media portrayal, this cosmetic procedure is a safe and effective way to give your face a smooth, refreshed look. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about Botox®.
What is Botox®?
Botox® is an injectable treatment approved by the FDA to temporarily improve the appearance of dynamic expression lines and wrinkles. Repeated muscle contractions from frowning, squinting, and other facial expressions can cause such lines to become permanent. Botox® works beneath the skin’s surface, targeting the muscle activity that causes frown lines and crow’s feet.
The medical term for Botox® is botulinum toxin A. Injected into the targeted area, it binds to muscle receptors. In doing so, the release of acetylcholine is blocked, leading to inactivity of the muscles. The result? Wrinkles caused from repeated contraction of those muscles disappear. Since Botox® works by inhibiting nerve transmission, it is classified as a neuromodulator.
Is Botox® safe?
Botox® was FDA approved in 2002. Botox® is safe and does not require downtime following the injections, hence it is often considered a “lunchtime procedure”. Directly after your appointment, you can expect to return to work and other normal daily activities.
You might experience some swelling, redness, bruising, minor discomfort, or tenderness. These symptoms are typically mild and diminish on their own over a few days. Once any symptoms diminish, you will see your final results develop, revealing your smoother, younger look.
How long does Botox® last?
The muscle relaxation induced by injections of Botox® usually lasts about three months. After this time, your results will gradually fade, restoring your natural look. In order to maintain your Botox® results, it’s recommended to schedule regular Botox® appointments. Because each treatment session typically takes less than 20 minutes, however, many people find that their BOTOX® appointment is easy and convenient to fit into their schedules.
When Botox® is injected by a professionally trained board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Jessica Krant of New York City, you can expect amazing results. Dr. Krant will customize the injections to your unique situation, taking into account factors such as which facial muscles you use the most, your facial muscle balance from side to side, and the look you want. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Krant today to discuss how Botox® can give you the natural, refreshed, smooth appearance that you desire.