Initial results from a Botox treatment are apparent in three to five days as your wrinkles start to soften. The complete effect takes approximately two weeks. Results last three to four months. It takes three to four months for the nerve receptors to regenerate and signal the muscles, triggering muscle movement.
FAST FACTS ON BOTOX
It’s hard to have not heard of Botox.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox is the most popular non-surgical treatment, the treatment of choice by over 7 million people in the United States. But what do we really know about this popular treatment?
Botox is a brand name for a cosmetic injectable neuromodulator. It is a very diluted form of Botulinum Toxin found in the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Other brand names include Dysport or Xenomin. Injecting the diluted product in small amounts will relax your muscles by temporarily blocking nerve signals to the muscle. Without the nerve signal, the muscle cannot contract or move. Wrinkles that usually form with these muscle movements are minimized or go away completely.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
In the 1970s, doctors began using Botox to correct crossed eyes (strabismus) and uncontrollable eyelid twitching (blepharospasms). Ophthalmologists found that it was highly effective at temporarily relaxing overactive eye muscles. While treating these patients, the ophthalmologists also noted a reduction in forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. This observation led to the popularity Botox experiences today.
THE BENEFITS OF BOTOX
Botox helps smooth forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, lip lines and bunny lines. It can lift the corners of the mouth, diminish neck bands, and soften a square jawline. Botox is NOT the same as filler. Botox affects the muscles; filler fills the creases and lines, adds volume to the cheeks and lips and enhances facial contours. Learn more about Botox for men.