Learn More About Botox
Wrinkles can form and worsen through making facial expressions such as frowning, smiling, or raising the eyebrows. Because muscle movement is often responsible for wrinkles, injectable treatments can be used to still this movement so that wrinkles are less visible or do not worsen.
The active ingredient in Botox is a diluted form of botulinum toxin, which blocks the nerve signal to the muscles that cause wrinkles. As they are temporarily paralyzed, the muscles can no longer contract to pull down the skin into wrinkles. What’s more, the advancement of wrinkles is slowed.
Botox is a good option for those who are looking to improve the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes, between the brows, or across the forehead. For best results, Dr. Shienbaum may suggest that you also combine Botox with other injectables, such as dermal fillers. Most patients who wish to reduce the appearance of wrinkles can benefit from Botox treatments.
During Botox treatment, Dr. Shienbaum will expertly determine which of the 43 facial muscles is responsible for your wrinkles. Then, a very thin needle will be used to inject the product into these muscles. Injection typically takes about 15 minutes.
Typical side effects include swelling, redness, and bruising. These tend to subside within the first few days of recovery. You may return to normal, non-strenuous activities immediately after the treatment if you choose.