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Aging is a universal experience, but that doesn’t mean the wrinkles that develop as a result are universally loved. In fact, many individuals internally battle with the development and wrinkles, becoming insecure as a result. For other patients, the appearance of wrinkles may come premature due to past lifestyle choices and genetics. No matter the cause of your wrinkles, many individuals seek to reverse the clock to preserve their smooth, young skin. Fortunately, Botox can reverse these signs of aging and prevent further wrinkles from developing.
Areas of Concern
Botox has been used for decades as a cosmetic enhancer and still stands as the most popular injectable for preserving youth. However, more recent research has revealed Botox also can help with certain medical concerns. Botox’s cosmetic and medical treatment options include:
• Frown Lines
• Forehead Lines
• Urinary Incontinence
• Crow’s Feet
• Glabellar Lines
• Chronic Migraines
What is Botox?
Botox is a neuromodulator designed to relax the underlying muscle contractions that cause wrinkles to form. Botox’s solution utilizes botulinum toxin, a protein intended to relax and limit muscle spasms and excessive movement.
While Botox was the first, most neuromodulators on the market incorporate botulinum toxins, and often get mistaken for Botox as a result. However, all these injections offer varying results and should not be used in replacement of one another.
The process of Botox only takes around 15 to 20 minutes, and patients usually will not require any sort of anesthetic or downtime. Many patients choose to schedule their Botox appointment during their lunch break and continue their routine without interruption.
Botox results commonly last about 4-8 months, depending on how you take care of your skin and a few other factors.
Before Your Procedure
There is hardly any prep work involved with Botox injections. On the day of your appointment, make sure the intended treatment area is clean and free of any makeup. If you have a low pain tolerance, you can ask Dr. Key about topical numbing anesthetics or other forms of pain management. If you are treating hyperhidrosis in the hands and feet, numbing cream will most likely be applied.
During Your Procedure
During the actual procedure, most patients report little to no pain. To inject the solution, small syringes with thin needles pierce beneath the dermal layer of the treatment area. Once properly placed, tiny amounts of botulinum toxin are injected into the skin and muscles. Botox comes in two forms, botulinum toxin type A and botulinum toxin type B—the type chosen and the amount used is heavily dependent on your aesthetic goals and the severity of concerns.
After Your Procedure
Patients can return to their everyday schedules immediately after their session but are encouraged to avoid a few activities for 24 hours. Firstly, patients should limit their contact with the treated area and should withgo makeup the next day. You should avoid lying down for two to four hours after surgery and limit rigorous exercise. For optimal results, you should follow Dr. Key’s instructions to the letter.
Minor swelling may hinder your ability to see results immediately after treatment, but swelling will subside in about two days. Once the swelling subsides, you’ll begin to see results usually about three days after your session, but full results will continue to develop for a week. The resulting appearance will last up to four months before beginning to fade. Regular maintenance is needed to keep results optimized.
Frequently Asked Questions about Botox
Can Botox cause weight gain?
What age should I start Botox?
Why cant you lay down after Botox?
Can I go for a walk after Botox?
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Is 50 too old for Botox?
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Can Botox lift eyebrows?
Does Botox make you look older after it wears off?
What should you not do after Botox?
Schedule a Consultation
If you are located in Portland, OR, and seeking remedies for your aging skin, Key Laser Institute is here to help. The incredibly talented staff is here to answer all your questions and help you find the perfect solution to your concerns. To learn more about Botox and other injectables, schedule a consultation with our online form.