Dealing with wrinkles may be a natural part of growing older, but that doesn't mean you have to keep your wrinkles around. In fact, many people choose Botox to help with wrinkle reduction on their face. How can Botox help with your wrinkles? Here's what you need to know.
Botox is a drug created from the botulinum toxin. Dermatologists and doctors typically use Botox in small doses to treat several different issues. While Botox is most well known for helping to reduce wrinkles on the face, it has many other uses. For instance, Botox injections can be used to treat excessive sweating, chronic migraines, and even overactive bladder disorders. This drug has been able to help countless people with both cosmetic and serious medical issues. It's administered in the form of an injection to the area that's being treated. For example, if you're investing in Botox for your forehead wrinkles, then the injection would be administered to that area of your face.
Botox injections may not erase wrinkles permanently, but they can temporarily reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles. Botox does this by weakening or paralyzing certain muscles or by blocking certain neurons. As a result, your muscles won't contract as they normally do at the injection site. Not only does this help reduce the appearance of wrinkles on your face, but it can also help prevent deeper wrinkles from forming because those facial muscles are paralyzed or weakened. Fortunately, this doesn't mean you won't be able to move your face at all. Instead, your expressions might not be as animated as they were before. In addition, your face won't wrinkle up when you make a facial expression. A great Botox injection won't freeze your face – it will simply help you look fresher and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
While Botox is an effective solution for wrinkle reduction, it's not a permanent solution by any means. If you're looking to learn how to reduce wrinkles permanently, Botox probably isn't the answer. That said, Botox is still a viable treatment option that requires minimal maintenance. In most cases, Botox will last for anywhere from three months to a whole year. How long your Botox injection lasts depends on a few different factors. Things like the number of injections you received, the amount of Botox that was injected, and the location of the injection site can all have an impact on how long your results last. At a minimum, you'll need to visit your dermatologist or doctor once or twice every year in order to maintain your Botox results.
Since Botox is a minimally invasive treatment option to help you reduce wrinkles on your face, there are relatively few side effects to worry about. Some of the most common side effects of a Botox injection include pain, redness, swelling, and light bruising at the injection site. All of these side effects should disappear within a day or two of your injection. If you're concerned about potential side effects, make sure you speak with your doctor about whether you're a good candidate for Botox injections before making the investment in this treatment.
Botox might not be the be-all, end-all solution to help you reduce wrinkles on your face, but that doesn't mean it's not worth learning about. If you have questions or you'd like to invest in Botox injections, set up a consultation with our team at North Pacific Dermatology today.