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How Does Botox® Work?

BOTOX® is the most popular non-surgical treatment performed each year. It’s a purified neurotoxin that temporarily immobilizes select muscles through a quick and easy injection process. This powerful cosmetic treatment is used by people all throughout the world to reverse the early signs of facial aging. Perfect for minimizing or eliminating frown lines, crow’s feet, and even peri-oral wrinkles that radiate outwards from the lips, this solution treats dynamic wrinkles right at their source: built-up tension and stress. With virtually no downtime and results that last three to six months, BOTOX is the best way to quickly and non-surgically refresh your look. Here’s what to know about it and how it works.

How BOTOX Treats Dynamic Facial Wrinkles

There are a number of factors that contribute to facial aging. Foremost among these, however, are repeated facial expressions. Every time  you furrow your brow, frown, smile, or laugh, you’re creating tension in the muscles that make these expressions possible. This tension gradually creates tiny cracks within the smooth layer of collagen that defines your skin. Once these cracks exist, they’ll manifest as dynamic wrinkles whenever your facial muscles are moved. This process happens over a lifetime and begins to become apparent as early as your 20s and 30s.

BOTOX Injections Instantly Release Dynamic Creases

During a BOTOX procedure, tiny amounts of the premixed solution are injected into areas with dynamic facial wrinkling. As this neurotoxin takes effect in the following days, the expressive muscles relax and the facial skin is smoothed out. These treatments allow the underlying collagen layer to lie flat again. Best of all, you can continue making a diverse range of natural-looking facial expressions even with BOTOX in place.

BOTOX Injections Are Easy and Pain-Free

BOTOX procedures are very tolerable for most patients because it uses a very fine needle. However, a topical numbing cream can be used beforehand. Your BOTOX treatment session can be completed in as little as 15 minutes. Afterward, you can return to your normal schedule (although you should avoid exercising or laying down after your procedure). You’ll begin to notice your results emerging within a few days, although it can take up to two weeks to fully take effect.

What to Expect After BOTOX

For most patients, the effects of BOTOX are subtle. Smiling won’t cause crow’s feet to form, and frowning won’t crease the brow. If you’ve got perioral wrinkles or smoker’s lines, pursing your lips or using a straw won’t lead to deep vertical creases around your mouth. Apart from slight swelling and redness across the treatment area, most patients don’t experience any significant aftereffects at all. In fact, as soon as you leave the office, you can head right back to work.

It can take between three and four months for your body to break injected BOTOX down. At this point, you’ll notice your treated areas returning to normal. Fortunately, BOTOX is safe to use several times per year for those who’d like to maintain consistently line-free appearances.

Schedule an Appointment

At Glow Up Aesthetics, we offer a dynamic range of non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Whether you want a soothing HydraFacial, a rejuvenating microneedling procedure, or the benefits of an industry-leading cosmetic injectable like BOTOX, we’ve got your covered. Our team can help you establish a needs-specific treatment plan that restores your confidence and helps you reach your aesthetic goals. Get in touch with us by calling or filling out our online form to schedule a consultation.

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