Botox is one method used by men and women in attempt to achieve a younger and more desirable look. Botox is a substance that is injected into the face in order to deaden muscles that show wrinkles when one makes facial expressions such as smiling, frowning, or grimacing. It is mostly used for wrinkles in the mouth and eye area. It is a procedure that should only be done by a professional, and is in general done when men and women are not satisfied with the job over-the-counter creams and other treatments have done with their wrinkles.
The one question you, and many other people should be asking is just how long does a botox injection last? You should also ask some specifics as to how it works well. First, you’ll need to know how it works, and what any possible side effects could be as well as what alternatives there are. Read on and find out what you need to know before you make a decision.
How Botox Works
Before you undergo a Botox procedure, you will need to have a consultation with a licensed cosmetic surgeon. Of the many things you will discuss is what part of your face is safe for an injection. The answer to the question lies in the neurotoxins of bacteria. These have the ability to block electrical communications between the nerves and the muscles in your face that cause wrinkles when you do things such as laugh or smile.
As you get older, these muscles will cause lines to form around your mouth, eyes, and even on your forehead. Over time, these wrinkles, which are called dynamic wrinkles, can turn into static wrinkles, which means they are always visible, and very little can be done about them. This is why many people look for solutions before this occurs.
Once a Botox injection is administered, it activates ingredients that sever nerve communications at the point of injection. The muscles in these spots are relaxed to the point they no allow the formation of dynamic wrinkles during facial expressions that they once did. This is a safe procedure, but with any invasive procedure, there are some risks that you need to be aware of.
Possible Botox Side Effects
You may have heard of a few horror stories involving Botox injections, and most likely, they are stories that have some degree of truth, and some degree of fiction. The main danger faced by those having Botox injections are if they are done by a person who lacks the qualifications to do the procedure. Never have an an injection done at a Botox party or a spa. Never have it done by someone you cannot verify as a cosmetic surgeon, or a medical professional with experience.
When done by a professional, the side effects are mild. You may experience some bruising at the injection site. You may also experience a mid headache, and your eyelids may droop a bit if the injection was done to relieve crow’s feet in that area. None of these side effects will last a long period of time, and all side effects should be relatively mild.
Botox is not the only anti-aging injection treatment that can be done. Collagen can also be used. Collagen works in a different way to relieve wrinkles, as it works to plump up facial skin, and smooth the surface of the skin and fill in places where wrinkles are present. There is no deadening of the nerves. The drawback to collagen treatments is that they do not last as long as Botox.
Another alternative to Botox is alpha hydroxy peels. This is a non-invasive alternative that uses chemicals to pull away dead skin and revitalize the surface of the skin on your face. Once that skin is peeled away, healthy skin is revealed that has fewer wrinkles and fine lines. If you are considering this as an alternative to Botox, you should know that it will take several treatments before results start to show. When changes do show up, you can expect them to last anywhere from a few weeks, to several months. If you have sensitive skin, you should not undergo this procedure without first consulting a dermatologist for guidance. Alternatively, you can use any recommended eye or wrinkle cream to attempt to cure the signs of aging that ail you.
How Long Van You Expect Wrinkles To Stay Away With Botox Injections?
When administered by a qualified professional, Botox injections can last anywhere from four to six months. In order to keep the look, the procedure will need to be repeated at that point. Before you make the choice to have a Botox injection, you should have a consultation with your primary care physician. Have a frank discussion about your medical history, and relate just what your goals are in overall skin care.
This will help you to make a more informed decision concerned Botox, or any other injection you may decide is right for you.
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