The muscles in your face contract hundreds of times every day. Each time you make a facial expression consciously or unconsciously, these muscles react. Over time, they etch the expressions into your face. While smile lines can reflect a lifetime of joy and laughter, lines from squinting or furrowing your brow can leave you looking angry or anxious. Whether you have a few fine lines or deeper lines that significantly change your appearance, we can help.
Botox is made from the highly purified botulinum toxin. When injected, it can create a smoother, younger-looking appearance and give you a fresher look. Botox works by relaxing the muscles responsible for the contractions. It can be used to soften smoker’s lines, eliminate crow’s feet, soften neck cords, wrinkled skin, laugh lines, the lines between your eyebrows and even forehead lines.
A series of injections is given in the problem areas. They do not affect the facial nerves, so you will not feel numb and will still feel normal sensations. Results will not be immediately noticeable right after your treatment, but the Botox goes to work quickly and within a few days, your skin will look more refreshed, and you will look more relaxed. Over the next several days, the results will become more obvious and can last up to three months or more.
If you are a candidate for Botox, the procedure can be performed right in our office. A topical anesthetic may be available for those who need it, but most experience only minimal discomfort. Ice can also help ease the pain. Serious side effects are rare. Most commonly, patients experience slight bruising. Headaches can occur. About 1 to 5 percent of patients have mild droopiness in their eyelids or brows, but this tends to go away within one to two weeks.
Those expression lines and shadows of past emotions do not have to define you. The right injectable treatments can help you turn back the hands of time and regain a fresh, rejuvenated appearance. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with us at Castle Dermatology Institute.
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