To help in aging gracefully and to prevent facial wrinkles and lines from forming on the top portion of the face, Femme Next Generation Women’s Care in Thousand Oaks, CA is pleased to offer BOTOX.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX is made up of a neurotoxin called Botulinum. Once injected, Botulinum prevents the production of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a chemical messenger that is released right in the junction where the muscle cells meet the nerve ending by the nerves so that muscles can contract. By preventing the production of acetylcholine, BOTOX essentially prevents the muscles from contracting, thereby preventing wrinkles from forming.
Who is an ideal candidate for BOTOX?
BOTOX is great for patients who wish to soften the appearance of dynamic lines and wrinkles on their face without surgery. BOTOX can also be used as a preventive treatment even if you do not show signs of aging. It is most commonly used for forehead lines, parallel lines between the brows, or for lines around the eyes. If you have deeper lines, a filler product may be more suitable. Here are some other ways in which BOTOX can be used:
- Lift the tip of your nose
- Tighten jowls
- Reduce excess sweating
- Rejuvenate the decolletage
What does a BOTOX procedure entail?
BOTOX treatments are performed as an outpatient procedure and typically take about 10-15 minutes, depending on how many areas are being addressed. We start the process by cleaning your face, followed by having you make various facial expressions using the upper face, such as squinting and frowning. This allows us to mark where injections should be placed during the procedure. BOTOX will subsequently be applied with a fine needle, followed by a cold compress to help decrease discomfort, swelling, and bruising. You can request a numbing cream to make the procedure more comfortable, but it generally is unnecessary. After the procedure, you may get back to your typical routine, but strenuous activity should be skipped for at least one day. You will be asked to sleep with your head elevated for the first night and to not touch your face, which may accidentally spread the treatment to other areas.
What can I expect from BOTOX?
The treated areas of the face may appear bruised, red, or swollen for 2 – 3 days, but you will not develop any severe or lasting side effects. In many cases, it takes about 5 – 7 days before the full effects of BOTOX can be seen. The results usually last 3 – 4 months.
What's the difference between BOTOX and dermal fillers?
Wrinkle relaxers (like BOTOX) and wrinkle fillers (like Juvéderm and Revaness Versa) are both treatments that reduce wrinkles and smooth fine lines. BOTOX relaxes overused facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles, like frown lines (between the eyebrows), Crow's feet (in the outer corners of the eyes), forehead wrinkles, and smile lines. Injectable fillers add volume under the skin to correct hollow areas and decrease static wrinkles.