Getting my Botox injections is a self-care ritual, as much a part of my ‘take care of me’ routine as exercise and healthy eating.
Botulinum toxins are known best by their brand names: Botox, Dysport and Xeomin. They work in the skin by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles causing them to relax. The result is that targeted expressions are softened (frown and laugh lines, for example) which make your wrinkles and lines look less pronounced.
The main areas that are treated include the ‘glabellar lines’ (also known as the “elevens” or frown lines), crow’s feet (at the outer corner of your eyes), forehead lines and creases as well as the corners of the mouth. Botulinum toxins are also used for many non-cosmetic reasons such as migraines, TMJ and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
Lines and wrinkles are some the first signs of aging which will deepen and settle with time. Botulinum toxins are the best way to smooth out the appearance of progressive lines and help prevent them from becoming more conspicuous.
Most cosmetic patients will benefit from botulinum toxins in one form or another. Because they are not permanent, the treatment can be adapted and customized to you and your needs over time. Injectables like Botox are also great for younger patients who are experiencing the first signs of aging but may not need fillers or other treatments yet.
The best results will be seen after 3 to 7 days and the wrinkle-reducing effects can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months, though this varies patient-to-patient.