There’s a reason that so many men and women use Botox® to look their best. It’s safe, effective, and because it’s non-invasive, it doesn’t require the downtime and recovery of surgery.
Key benefits of Botox
Botox is a rejuvenating injectable treatment that minimizes the lines, wrinkles, and creases of the face and neck. It has been one of the top cosmetic treatments in the world for years due to its results and convenience. Botox has the ability to:
- Smooth forehead lines
- Decrease the appearance of playtismal (neck) bands
- Soften vertical lines between the eyebrows
- Improve crow’s feet
- Decrease “bunny lines” at the nose
- Lift the eyebrows
- Correct a gummy smile
- Improve an overly prominent jaw or chin
How does Botox work?
Botox is a form of botulinum toxin type A. It’s used to temporarily paralyze the small muscles that cause lines and wrinkles when we make facial expressions. Botox blocks the signal from the nerves to the muscles, which causes the muscles to relax and the wrinkles to smooth out. Although Botox “freezes” the muscles, you will still be able to make facial expressions and emote—as long as you choose an injector who knows what they’re doing. It’s very important that the surgeon or aesthetic nurse you select understands the underlying facial muscles, exactly how to administer Botox, and knows how to measure units for each part of the face.
What else can Botox do?
Botox is also useful for a variety of health issues. It is often used to treat such conditions as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), chronic migraine, jaw pain, cervical dystonia (neck muscle contractions), muscle spasticity, eyelid spasms, and can also correct facial asymmetry after head and neck reconstruction.
Botox treatment details
One of the benefits that Botox is most well-known for is how quick and convenient treatments are. In fact, a Botox session only takes around 15 minutes, and you can go right back to your normal day afterwards. During your appointment, your face will first be cleansed, and then the Botox will be administered. It is injected with a fine needle in precisely the right areas to achieve optimal results for your specific areas of concern.
Downtime and recovery
Although you’ll be able to go right back to your usual activities after your Botox treatment, any high-intensity exercise or strenuous activities should be avoided for the rest of the day. You should also avoid lying down for about five hours. Some patients have minimal swelling and/or bruising at the injection sites for a day or two.
What to expect
You can expect to see the results from your Botox treatment in about a week, and these results will last for 3 to 6 months. (The longevity is different for each patient.) Botox can’t get rid of wrinkles permanently, so maintenance appointments will be needed to keep your results. Overall, your results will make you look more youthful and refreshed.
If you’re interested in Botox treatments, you may be an ideal candidate. Most individuals who want to improve the appearance of their facial or neck wrinkles and are over the age of 18 are good candidates for Botox.
Those who are not good candidates for Botox are those who:
- Are allergic to ingredients in Botox
- Are pregnant or nursing
- Have an active skin infection or condition
- Have a neurological condition
Why choose ACARA?
If you’re interested in Botox treatments in Phoenix, please schedule a consultation with us. The Arizona Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Aesthetics (ACARA) was founded by double board-certified Dr. Randall O. Craft, a Harvard-trained surgeon who provides patient-centric, compassionate care with an emphasis on safety. Dr. Craft combines his distinctive training with a sense of artistry that provides better outcomes for his patients. To schedule a consultation, please call (602)899-6444 or contact us online.