As we age, our skin naturally loses collagen and elasticity. The breakdown of collagen can cause our skin to show signs of aging. Botox is a highly refined protein that relaxes the muscles by blocking nerve impulses. Botox temporarily smooths fine lines wrinkles and improves the appearance of skins. This is an outpatient procedure in our San Antonio office with flexible appointment scheduling.
How Long Does It Take Botox to Work?
As a neuromodulator that relaxes muscles and keeps them from working at their full capacity, thereby reducing the wrinkles they cause, it usually begins to take effect anywhere from 3 to 5 days after treatment, It can take up to 14 days after treatment for the full results to become apparent.
The reason for this delay is due to the time it takes for the body to start reacting to the Botox after it’s been injected. Because of this, we like to have our patients come back to our San Antonio office after two weeks to check on their progress.
What is Botox?
Botox is primarily used as an aesthetic treatment to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the face that are caused by repeated muscle movement like furrowing your brow, frowning, or smiling. Botox is the commercial name for the botulism microbe, which is known for causing food poisoning. This can sound scary, but when Botox is used for cosmetic or medical reasons, the Botox injection is administered in extremely small and safe doses that does not become systematic. It has been approved by the FDA for eye wrinkle treatment (crow’s feet) and reduction of frown lines between the eyes.
Top 10 areas on the face to treat with Botox:
- Frown Lines
- Forehead Lines
- Bunny Lines – Lines across the bridge of the nose.
- Crow’s Feet – Lines on the upper two thirds of the lateral eye.
- Mentalis Dysfunction – ‘Dents’ in the chin.
- Brow Lift – Creates a lifting effect of the brow.
- Gummy Smile – Smile with over exposure of the upper teeth and gums.
- Platysma Bands – Aging muscle neck lines/bands.
- Hyperhidrosis – Excessive sweating in areas such as the palms of the hands and underarms area.
- Glabellar Lines – Vertical lines between the eyebrows that resemble the number 11
Botox effectively reduces the signs of aging in these areas. If you notice wrinkles in any of these areas, Botox may be the answer for you. Botox can also be used to prevent wrinkles because it keeps you from making the expressions that cause wrinkles to form.
Botox Frequently Asked Questions
How often do you need Botox?
Maintenance is suggested every 4-6 months for optimum results.
What areas of the face can be treated?
Botox can be used to address lines and wrinkles on a number of different facial areas including forehead, eye area, and lip lines.
What does Botox treatment feel like?
Botox treatments are quick with minimal discomfort. The treatment requires no anesthesia or downtime.
How soon will I see results with Botox?
The results of each patient may vary. It usually takes three to five days to see the effects. For some it can take up to two weeks.