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The Basics of Botox

From natural loss of collagen to sun damage and many other factors, an increased presence of facial lines is a common sign of aging for many adults. All contributing factors aside, a lifetime’s worth of muscle contractions from facial expression are bound to leave their telltale sign.

For those interested in reducing the appearance of facial lines, Botox offers a safe and effective temporary solution. Proven to make frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines in adults appear smoother, Botox has been trusted for decades. But how exactly does Botox work, and what can you expect from the treatment?

Cosmetic Botox procedures work by injecting a toxin called onobotulinumtoxin-A directly into the muscles of the face. Once injected, Botox goes to work blocking certain chemical signals in the facial nerves, leading to decreased muscle activity in the face. As a result, patients will typically notice a smoothed appearance to facial lines within 24 to 48 hours, with results lasting up to 4 months following the procedure.

Prior to receiving Botox treatment, be sure to tell your doctor if you’ve had another Botox injection within the previous four months. Also inform your doctor of any medications you may be taking.

During the procedure, it’s not uncommon to feel a slight pinch during the injection. Many patients feel little to nothing at all, but your doctor may numb the area with topical anesthesia or ice to help reduce any discomfort.

Immediately after receiving injections of Botox, avoid rubbing or massaging the facial area. This will prevent the Botox from spreading into unwanted areas of the face. Otherwise, you are free to go about your daily activities as normal. Patients may also experience bruising and swelling around the injection site.

As a Botox Cosmetic and aesthetic specialist, Ohio Plastic Surgery Specialists’ Dr. Bernacki has administered thousands of Botox injections. Each treatment is customized to meet the patient’s unique needs. Schedule your consultation today to help turn back the clock and regain a more youthful appearance through Botox.

If you are interested in learning if Botox is right for you, please call our office!