As you age, little lines and wrinkles appear around your face, particularly vertical lines between your eyebrows, horizontal lines on your forehead and crinkles around the corners of your eyes (crow’s feet). These wrinkles can start to appear as young as your 30s depending on your sun exposure and genetics.
Many people find the appearance of these wrinkles bothersome. They may not feel confident in who they are or feel like their reflection shows their true age. But Botox, a safe cosmetic injection, can help safely reduce the appearance of these wrinkles.
What is Botox?
Botox is an injection of a small, safe amount of botulinum toxin, a substance that occurs in nature. This injection blocks nerve signals to your facial muscles so they don’t move when you make facial expressions. These muscles are responsible for the movement of your skin and the appearance of wrinkles. When they are relaxed thanks to Botox, wrinkles no longer appear. However, you will still be able to make a full range of facial expressions, even with the Botox treatment.
What should you expect during a Botox treatment?
Botox is non-invasive, safe and effective. The entire treatment takes only 15 to 30 minutes in your cosmetic surgeon’s office. After a consultation about where you want treatment and your appearance goals, your Botox provider can determine where and how much Botox you need for great results.
First, your provider may place a topical numbing gel on your treatment areas to help keep you comfortable. Your provider will then inject small amounts of Botox with a very tiny needle around your eyes or in your forehead. It will take multiple small injections to get the results you want, but you should feel minimal discomfort.
What should you expect from Botox results?
Immediately after your procedure, you may have some minor swelling or redness. This should go away within a day or two.
While you may begin to see smoother skin in a day or two, your full results won’t be visible for a week as the Botox takes effect. You should see smoother, wrinkle-free skin in the areas treated. Most patients report being satisfied with their Botox results as they feel like their younger selves. Many patients report a boost in confidence and self-esteem after their Botox treatment.
You should expect to enjoy these results for about 3 to 4 months. After that time, you may need to schedule another appointment to maintain your results. With multiple treatments over time, Botox may become more effective, so you can go a little longer between treatments.
At Galardi | Bowen Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach, we help you look and feel younger with expert Botox treatments designed to fit your needs. We can also combine Botox with other non-invasive treatments, such as dermal fillers, to enhance your more youthful appearance. Contact us today at (757) 496-5556 for your Botox consultation to learn how you can begin looking younger in just a week.