Botox noticeably improves the appearance of moderate to severe crow’s feet lines around the eyes, frown lines around the mouth, and vertical forehead creases between the eyes. Injected into the lower face and neck muscles, Botox can improve some of the visible signs of aging in these areas as well. In addition, Botox has many important benefits beyond beauty.
What is Botox and how does it work?
Botox blocks signals between the nerves and the muscles so that the injected muscle cannot contract. Instead, it remains relaxed and soft. This “muscle blocking” is what decreases the appearance of wrinkles, lines and creases. It's important to note, though, that Botox cannot decrease wrinkles caused by gravity or sun exposure, only those wrinkles caused by squinting and/or muscle patterns.
Since Botox is a liquid, it is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. The typical Botox procedure takes only a few minutes and does not require any pain-numbing medication. A treatment generally takes 3-7 days to take full effect.
As well as decreasing wrinkles and frown lines, Botox can also do these amazing things:
- Manage acne. Botox can curb oil production which can reduce breakouts. Tiny amounts of Botox injected very superficially help reduce oil production but still enable you to have facial expressions. The most effective and most common area for using Botox to curb oil production is the forehead.
- Give a temporary facelift. Botox can shape the jaw, lift the tip of the nose, and relax wrinkles around the eyes and forehead.
- Mimic a nose job. Around age 40, your nose can begin to sag and become more hooked, which can make your entire face appear droopy. Botox can help by lifting the nose and releasing the depressor muscle that pulls the nose downward, taking off years and making the whole face appear more lifted in about 10 minutes.
- Soften the jawline and chin. Grinding your teeth can make your jawline wider over time. Injecting Botox into the area shrinks thejaw muscles and narrows the jawline. The results, which last approximately a year, can also have other positive effects, like making your cheeks appear more lifted and relieving the pain and soreness that can result from teeth grinding.
- Tighten jowls. If your jawline has become less defined, a little Botox along the muscles of the jawbone can pull the skin up for a crisp, defined effect.
- Lift your lips. Tiny drops of Botox injected along the upper lip border can roll the top lip up and out slightly so that it appears plumper. It's subtler than collagen injections, and because the technique requires less Botox than other areas of the face, it's also less expensive.
- Smooth the neck. Horizontal wrinkles can be temporarily erased with what some dermatologists call a "Botox necklace." Tiny amounts are injected into the muscles above and below the lines, all the way around the neck. When these muscles relax, the skin looks smoother. Neck muscles can start to enlarge and protrude as we age, resulting in the appearance of thick, tight cords. In addition, the muscles in the neck and the superficial muscles of the face are connected to one another, so the neck can pull the rest of your facial features forward. Botox relaxes the neck muscles, softens wrinkles, gets rid of the cords, and lifts the face.
- Smooth out cleavage. With age (and sun exposure), lines can develop between the breasts for many women. To smooth these out, Botox is injected into the pectoral muscles.
- Stop migraines. It's not totally understood how Botox works on migraines. The theory is that it blocks the pain signals being sent to the brain and relaxes the muscles in the head so they're not as sensitive to pain. To accomplish this, Botox is injected into the forehead, temples and scalp, and is appropriate for patients who have frequent migraine attacks that are not improving with traditional migraine medications.
- Decrease excessive sweating. Botox prevents messages from the nerves from getting to the sweat glands. If the gland doesn't get the signal, it doesn't produce sweat. Doctors often use Botox to treat hyperhydrosis (medically diagnosed excessive sweating) by injecting the underarms, palms, soles of the feet, scalp, forehead, and temples. The results are significant and can be a life-changing treatment for people with pathological sweating who have significant embarrassment from sweating or who need to change clothing during the day because of it.
- Make hair blowouts last longer. Some women who get Botox in the scalp and at the hairline have reported that they don't sweat at the edge of their hairline and their blowouts last longer.
How long does a treatment last?
The effects from Botox usually last 3-4 months. As muscle movement gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and will need to be treated again. However, these lines and wrinkles often appear less substantial with time because the muscles are being trained to relax.
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Over many decades in practice, I have performed thousands of Botox treatments with outstanding results. I understand how important it is for a woman to have smooth, young-looking skin and to feel confident about her face and herself. Working together, Botox can achieve the beautiful results you are seeking.
Considering a Botox treatment?
If Botox is something you are interested in, please contact me for a free consultation. I will meet with you, explain the procedure and make sure you understand exactly what results to expect. Also, I will take all the time you need and make sure all your questions are answered.
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Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), Samuel J. Beran, MD is a highly accomplished plastic surgeon with offices in Manhattan, Harrison and Mount Kisco, NY. With more than 20 years’ experience and a thorough command of the most advanced techniques and technologies, Dr. Beran consistently provides his patients with the highest level of plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, face, skin and body. Recently, Dr. Beran was named a “Top Doctor” by RealSelf for his dedication to responding to consumer questions and patient feedback. The “Top Doctor” designation is awarded to less than 10% of the RealSelf physician community.