Have you ever taken a look in the mirror and felt like a stranger was staring back at you? Life is going to take its toll on everyone, and many of us will begin to notice facial lines and wrinkles as we grow older. When these cosmetic issues have become too much of a burden, it is time to start thinking about professional treatments options such as BOTOX® injections that will allow you to regain your confidence.
What About Alternative Treatments Options?
There is no shortage of anti-aging products that claim they can turn back time, but these treatments are not always effective. Some preventative measures can be taken to slow the development of wrinkles around one’s mouth, eyes, eyebrows, and forehead, but there is no product or trick to avoid them entirely. Surgeries can be quite effective, but they come with risks.
What’s in a BOTOX® Shot?
BOTOX® was originally used to help patients suffering from chronic migraines, but ongoing research revealed that it could also relax muscles that have become permanently rigid. This includes the muscles that control facial skin.
Over the years, muscles throughout our face can become rigid and clenched for a variety of reasons. When a muscle is clenched for a long period of time, deep lines and wrinkles often begin to form.
BOTOX® shots are designed to relax these muscles and allow the skin to move back to its original position. Unlike fillers that plump and expand the outer layers of skin, BOTOX® is injected underneath the skin.
While these injections are used for “frown lines” on the forehead, they can also be used for wrinkles around the eyes, nose, mouth, and chin.
One of the biggest advantages of BOTOX® is the fact that few preparations are needed beyond the initial consultation. During your consultation, you will speak with the practitioner about some of the cosmetic issues that you would like to address and give a quick overview of your medical history. If the practitioner believes that you would be a good candidate for these injections, then a procedure will be scheduled.
On the day of your BOTOX® appointment, no makeup should be worn around the injection sites, or it will have to be removed upon arrival. After the injections are carried out, you can immediately return to your regular daily activities. Outside of some minor swelling and redness, most patients have absolutely no negative side effects. The full effects of the shots are typically seen within the first five to seven days.
Contact Mariposa Aesthetics & Laser Center today to schedule an appointment.