Schweiger Dermatology Group is proud to have experienced providers who specialize in cosmetic injectable treatments, including neurotoxins. Botox, which is the most widely known injectable and neurotoxin, is used to relax the overactive muscles of the face. The treatment takes only a few minutes and is performed in the office. The effects take 7-10 days to develop and last 3-4 months after a single treatment. It is most commonly used to treat and prevent wrinkles between the eyebrows, horizontal wrinkles on the forehead, and crow’s feet. There is no downtime, which makes it one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. It’s an excellent and effective treatment for anyone who would like to treat or prevent wrinkles without surgery.
Get the Facts
Many patients ask us, ‘what is Botox?’ The answer is fairly simple; it is a purified protein that is used to relax the overactive muscles of the face, delivered through tiny injections directly into the muscles of the face. Once placed in the muscles, Botox blocks the neurotransmitter that signals for muscle activity. The result is a relaxed muscle that does not contract repetitively, therefore allowing for the softening of deep wrinkles and the prevention of new wrinkles from excessive facial movement.
How Does it Work?
Botox is injected directly into the muscles of the face. Once placed in the overactive muscle, it blocks a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. By blocking this neurotransmitter, it prevents over-stimulation of muscle contraction in the treated area. When the overactive muscle is relaxed, it allows for wrinkles to soften and prevents permanent wrinkles from forming due to repetitive muscle movement.
Where Can You Use It?
There are many areas of the face that can benefit from Botox treatment. The most common areas are the glabella (between the brows), the crow’s feet (next to the eyes) and the horizontal lines on the forehead. Some people have all three of these areas treated and some people find that they only need treatment of one of these areas.
What to Expect During Your Treatment
We will begin by first discussing your goals and the needs of your skin. The treatment takes approximately 15 minutes. Immediately following the treatment, you may have very minor redness over the treated muscles, but this resolves within a few minutes. There is no significant downtime following the procedure. The muscle-relaxing effects take 7-10 days to fully develop; the improvement lasts 3-4 months after a single treatment.
How Long Does Botox Last?
The full effects begin 7-10 days after the treatment. Once the effects of have taken place the existing wrinkles on the skin begin to repair themselves. The effect of muscle relaxation lasts from 3-4 months following the single treatment.
What are the Benefits?
These treatments relax the muscles on the forehead and in between the eyes, which not only reduces the appearance of wrinkles but also prevents new wrinkles from forming. When we think of erasing wrinkles on the upper face and relaxing muscle movement – we look to neurotoxins to help solve the issue. Many cosmetic patients start adding Botox into their skincare regimen in their early 30s as a preventative measure against wrinkles, much like the use of sunscreen. The best treatment are:
- Crow’s feet
- Area between the eyebrows (glabella)