Short answer? Well, no, not exactly. Botox is basically made from the bacteria that causes botulism, otherwise known as botulinum toxin type A. This may sound scary, but it’s totally not! Since bacteria is natural, Botox isn’t considered to be a synthetic substance like other dermal fillers and wrinkle treatments.
Botox is a great non-invasive alternative to more invasive, costly procedures such as facelifts, chemical peels, and dermabrasion. Plus, there’s no downtime involved, and side effects rarely occur!
And if you don’t like your results, Botox wears off in six months. Sound too good to be true? Think again!
We’ll explain all there is to know about this truly amazing prescription medication.
A Neurotoxin that Works Wonders
As we’ve mentioned before, Botox is a neurotoxin and works by attaching itself to nerve endings. Once this happens, the neurotransmitter responsible for triggering muscle contractions, called acetylcholine, can’t be released. To put it more simply, Botox injections temporarily relax the facial muscles that underlie and cause wrinkles. This is also why wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity don’t respond to Botox treatments.
Wondering if Botox is right for you? It probably is. Botox has been proven safe for most people, especially those who wish to eliminate dynamic wrinkles or wrinkles caused by the contraction of underlying muscles, such as frown lines and crow’s feet. Botox works best on younger patients and is recommended for people between the ages of 18 and 70. If you’re older, you should consult with a plastic surgeon or dermatologist to ensure that your skin tone is elastic enough to respond to treatment.
Your First Botox Procedure: What Can You Expect?
A Botox procedure is pretty straightforward—but you’ll have to take certain precautions before undergoing a Botox treatment. Ten days before receiving Botox injections, you’ll be asked to refrain from taking products that contain aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E – doing so will significantly reduce the chance of bruising following treatment.
But don’t let these precautions scare you. The best part about undergoing Botox is that it’s quick and painless. You’ll generally receive a consultation beforehand to determine the best treatment for your needs. And when you do undergo treatment, a topical numbing gel will be applied fifteen minutes prior. Six to eight injections will be administered into the underlying muscles. Most people say that the injections feel similar to getting vaccinated – that is, they feel only a few seconds of mild discomfort as the Botox enters the injection site. A few hours afterward, the injection site may look red and feel irritated.
Immediately following the injections, you’ll be required to contract the treated muscles. Your physician will ask you to frown, raise your eyebrows and smile and pucker your lips. It sounds silly, but this helps to evenly distribute the Botox throughout the injection site. Your physician will also tell you to refrain from exercising, bending over, lying down or rubbing the area for the first 24-48 hours after treatment. This ensures that the Botox settles in the right place and doesn’t migrate elsewhere. Failure to do so can potentially result in facial paralysis and eyelid drooping.
Botox Produces Amazing Results!
Simply put, Botox offers real, noticeable results. Since Botox works by weakening facial muscles, full results are generally seen within five to seven days. You’ll see deep dynamic wrinkles gradually improve over time, in addition to the early effects seen shortly after treatment. Your results will continue to improve, until about two weeks after the procedure. At that time, you’ll be looking your best. The effects of Botox will gradually wear off over the next four to six months, and the wrinkles will need to be retreated.
LaserAway Is the Nation’s Top Provider of Botox Treatments for a Reason
And that reason is that we’re simply the best. LaserAway is proud to offer the most medical spa service options of any national skincare provider. LaserAway hires only the most highly trained staff experienced and certified in administering laser and other dermatological procedures. What’s more, LaserAway uses only innovative techniques and cutting-edge laser technology. LaserAway aims to make your medical spa experience comfortable, enjoyable and satisfying. Want to learn more about Botox? Then schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today by emailing LaserAway.com or calling the staff at LaserAway at (888) 965-2737. LaserAway looks forward to helping you turn back the clock with Botox.