Botox

Latest update: June 09, 2024
Medically reviewed by: Jennifer Trent MD, FAAD

Details

Botox is a popular, FDA-approved injectable neuromodulator to treat wrinkles on the forehead, glabella, and crow's feet. It is the most popular anti-aging treatment in the world. Unlike fillers that plump the skin, Botox relaxes the facial muscles. It is used off-label to 
diminish facial lines caused by muscle movement in places like the nose, chin, and neck.

Botox can also help create a natural lip plumping effect when injected above the upper lip. Results appear after 3 to 14 days and last up to 3 months. It can also help to create a slimmer face when injected into the masseter muscles around the jaw. This treatment is helpful for those with an overactive jaw from grinding and clenching their teeth.

Performed by a professional doctor, Botox gives natural and effective results. Besides beauty treatments, Botox treats medical conditions, such as excessive perspiration, lazy eyes, eyelid twitching, migraines, and other muscle spasms. 

A particular Botox treatment called Baby Botox provides a new, redefined approach. During this treatment, professionals inject smaller doses of Botox into the skin. It helps attain a youthful look while maintaining physical movement in the muscles. Baby Botox treatment is more popular with young adults as a preventative technique for future wrinkles. This method is not as effective in treating severe wrinkles. Botox injections are done every 2-4 months to maintain the desired results. 

For any Botox treatment, the session begins with an initial consultation. The physician goes through your needs, aims, and medical history. They may take photographs for visual records. Professionals cleanse the skin before injecting Botox into the targeted areas. Sessions last about 10 minutes. While discomfort is mild, patients can request topical numbing cream. Botox treatments have no downtime. Mild swelling and bruising might occur after treatment. These tiny bumps from the injections fade after 15 to 20 minutes. Doctors recommend sitting upright and refraining from lying down for at least 90 minutes. Patients should abstain from exercising for 24 hours. They should also avoid putting pressure on the area. 
Anesthesia
topical
Operation Time
Every 3-4 months
Inpatient Period
n/a
Number of Appointments
Every 3-4 months
Recovery Period
n/a
Invasiveness
minimal

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