BOTOX is one of the most popular non-surgical procedures performed by plastic surgeons today. It is a natural and safe treatment that can improve wrinkles and signs of aging of the face and neck. BOTOX injections are used to treat wrinkles and fine lines such as crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, laugh lines, neckbands and frown lines. BOTOX when injected works by temporarily blocking the nerves that contract the muscles, thereby softening the appearance of the line or wrinkle and rejuvenating your appearance without any surgery or downtime. Dr. Motakis uses his comprehensive knowledge of the facial anatomy and artistic judgment to tailor a treatment plan to obtain the results you desire.
How Is Botox Different From Other Dermal Fillers?
Patients often clump BOTOX in with dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Radiesse, but they are different in how they work and even the type of wrinkles that they erase.
BOTOX is a neuromodulator. Made primarily from the Botulinum toxin type A, when BOTOX is injected into a muscle it temporarily stops that muscle from contracting. It does this by blocking the nerve messages that are sent from the muscle to the brain. The brain doesn’t receive the message to contract the muscle, so the muscle remains at rest.
This is important for treating wrinkles and lines on the upper third of the face, the expressive area. Wrinkles form in this area due to muscle contractions under the skin when we make common expressions such as frowning, squinting, showing surprise, and others. Go ahead, make a frown and you can feel the muscles around your eyes, between your brows, and on your forehead engage. Over time and hundreds of thousands of these contractions, wrinkles start to form on the surface skin when we make these expressions. These are known as “dynamic” wrinkles. When BOTOX is injected into a muscle that forms, say, crow’s feet at the outside of your eyes, the botulinum toxin keeps the muscle from contracting so the wrinkles that form above it are erased.
Dermal fillers are completely different. Fillers, as their name implies, are injected and simply “fill” in the space under a wrinkle or area of volume loss. The skin is then pushed up and the wrinkle is erased. The most popular dermal fillers, such as the Juvederm and Restylane lines, are made from hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies that is responsible for hydrating, plumping, and firming the skin. When injected beneath a crease or line, the hyaluronic acid in these fillers binds with nearby water molecules, hydrating and plumping the area and pushing the skin back up.
Dermal fillers only work on what are known as “static” wrinkles. These are wrinkles that form due to sun damage, declining collagen production, personal habits such as smoking, and other causes. Unlike dynamic wrinkles, static wrinkles show themselves at all times and have no relationship with muscle contractions.
BOTOX has no effect on static wrinkles, and dermal fillers have no effect on dynamic wrinkles.
What Are The Benefits Of BOTOX?
- Reduces the appearance of facial wrinkles
- Restores a natural and relaxed appearance
- Prevents the formation of new wrinkles
- Can gently lift the eyebrows and corner of the mouth
- Corrects facial asymmetries
- Non-Surgical procedure with no downtime or anesthesia
What Are The Risks With BOTOX?
Ever since the FDA approved it for cosmetic use in 2002, BOTOX injections have been the world’s most popular cosmetic procedure, surgical and non-surgical, every year across the world. BOTOX has millions of devoted fans/patients for a simple reason — it effectively erases wrinkles on the upper third of the face for about four months. BOTOX has been tested and used extensively and has proven to be very safe.
The main side effects with BOTOX injections are slight redness and swelling at the injection sites. This resolves usually in just a few hours. Some patients may develop a headache for the first day or so.
The main risk with BOTOX is having it injected by an inexperienced injector, such as at a nail salon. That’s because if BOTOX is injected into an incorrect muscle it can lead to issues such as a drooping eyelid.
That’s why you need to trust these injections to a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Motakis. Thanks to his extensive knowledge of facial anatomy, you can be assured your BOTOX results will be completely satisfying.
What Is The Consultation Process Like?
When you come in for a BOTOX session, Dr. Motakis asks you which areas you seek to treat. For BOTOX these are the upper third of the face, generally, crow’s feet, frown lines between the brows, and forehead lines. Depending on the degree of contraction of your muscles, Dr. Motakis can give you an idea of how much BOTOX he thinks you will need to fully relax the muscles in question. He’ll also discuss with you the possible risks involved, which are minimal. He’ll also ask for any questions you may have.
How Do I Need To Prepare For A BOTOX Session?
Preparation is not necessary at all. You simply come in and within just a few minutes your dynamic wrinkles will be treated. It will take about 3-4 days for the BOTOX to fully relax the muscles. From there, your results will last about 4 months.
How Long Does The BOTOX Procedure Take?
BOTOX was given the moniker as the original “lunchtime procedure” for a reason. You can come in over lunch, get your BOTOX injected in just 10-15 minutes, and return to work.
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Is There Recovery After A BOTOX Session?
There is no recovery process. The one thing that is important after these injections are to not rub the injection sites for the first 24 hours, this can make the BOTOX migrate to an unintended muscle. The only restriction is no physical activity for the first 24 hours. Results become visible within 7-14 days and the results last around 4-6 months.