BOTOX® injections (generic name onabotulinumtoxinA) are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world. Millions of people get BOTOX® injections each year to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the face. BOTOX® does such a great job at safely diminishing the look of wrinkles that many people are dedicated to getting BOTOX® injections as needed to maintain their smooth visage.
What causes facial wrinkles and fine lines?
Wrinkles can have different causes, but often the wrinkles on the face are what we call dynamic, meaning that they are caused by the continuous movements of the facial muscles. Think about how often you move your facial muscles in just one day…from smiling and frowning to eating and talking…your face is moving all the time! Areas of the face where movements are more pronounced, such as the eyebrows or around the mouth, tend to show wrinkles earlier than the cheeks or chin. Once wrinkles and fine lines have made an appearance, it can be very difficult to make them disappear.
What is BOTOX® and how does it work?
BOTOX® is a strain of the type A botulinum toxin. BOTOX® decreases the muscle movements that cause fine lines and wrinkles by blocking the nerve impulses to those muscles. The treatment area appears smoother and less wrinkled in just a short amount of time. BOTOX® has a limited effect on tissues surrounding the treatment area, so clients receiving injections should still be able to make their normal facial expressions.
Will BOTOX® make my wrinkles worse?
BOTOX® does its job so well, clients tend to forget just how their wrinkles and fine lines looked before treatment. So when it starts wearing off, some clients believe their wrinkles are worse than they were before the injections. However, this is never the case. We always suggest that clients take photos that have not been retouched and without makeup before their first BOTOX® injections. This way, they can easily see the amazing results they get with BOTOX® treatment, plus they won’t forget what they looked like before.
Am I a candidate for BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is perfect for people with mild to moderate wrinkles and fine lines on the face that are caused by muscle movements. While receiving the injection is more invasive than a topical ointment, it is much less invasive than facial surgery, such as a facelift. Some younger adults even receive BOTOX® injections to prevent wrinkles in the first place! However, if your wrinkles are deep and severe, surgical intervention might be more appropriate.
What can I expect during the BOTOX® treatment session?
BOTOX® can be administered right here in our office as an outpatient procedure. We will bring you in for a consultation first to review everything, make sure you’re a good fit for the procedure and make initial determinations for injection placement. On the day of the treatment session, we’ll review and adjust our placement determinations before injecting the BOTOX® with a very fine needle. After injecting, we’ll apply a cold compress to the area to lessen swelling and redness. Most sessions last 15 minutes or less and allow immediate return to normal activities.
How long can I expect my BOTOX® results to last?
Most BOTOX® treatments last between 3 to 6 months before a touch-up is needed. This length depends on many factors, including the severity of your wrinkles and some lifestyle habits. Based on your specific situation, we will make recommendations for follow-up treatment intervals.
BOTOX® for Wrinkles in Tampa Bay
Are you ready to put your best face forward? Then contact Ultimate Image Cosmetic Medical Center in Tampa and Clearwater at (727) 799-7000 or online. Our skilled team of aestheticians are experienced in administering BOTOX® injections for all parts of the face to solve various appearance issues caused by wrinkles. Let us help boost your confidence with a smoother, more youthful-looking face, brought to you by BOTOX®, today!