"I’m pleased with the immediate results from the Botox, the three areas were ones I was noticing, they look so much better, my filler looks promising but am waiting for the swelling and red lines to disappear"
"I LOVE going here for Botox. Dr Myers is kind and patient and so is his staff. He always does a great job and offers affordable prices and good products. I was anxious going in to try Botox for the first time. He eased my fears, answered all of my questions and I love the results."
What Is Botox?
Botox, along with Dysport and Xeomin, are injection treatments designed to reduce facial expression lines. Botox injections have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of wrinkles in the skin between the eyebrows (for BOTOX only) and wrinkles around the side of the eyes, commonly called “crow’s feet”. When this therapy is performed, small amounts of this substance are injected into the facial muscles responsible for movement associated with the appearance of lines and wrinkles. While the FDA approved injections for certain areas to improve the appearance of facial wrinkles, physicians often perform injections in “off-label” locations such as the forehead, nose, around the mouth, neck, and others.
Who should consider Botox?
BOTOX / DYSPORT/ XEOMIN are injection treatments designed to reduce facial expression lines. They are approved by the FDA for the treatment of wrinkles in between the eyebrows (for BOTOX only) or wrinkles around the side of the eyes, also called “crow’s feet”. When this therapy is performed, small amounts of this neuromodulator are injected into the facial muscles responsible for movement associated with lines and wrinkles. While the FDA approved injections for certain areas to improve the appearance of facial wrinkles, physicians often perform injections in “off-label” locations: forehead, nose, around the mouth, neck, and other facial areas.
How Does Botox Work?
The average Botox procedure consists of several small Botox injections. The entire treatment typically lasts around 10 minutes. Prior to the procedure, Dr. David Myers, a local dermatologist in Utah Valley, will discuss with you your desired results. This will determine the location and the amount of Botox used. The results of BOTOX are usually seen within 2-7 days, though sometimes it may take up to 2 weeks for full effect. Muscle action and the associated wrinkles may return in 3-4 months, when another treatment is recommended. BOTOX works best at treating dynamic facial lines, which are caused by facial muscle activity. Lines present at rest may or may not improve.
Are Botox Injections Safe?
Botox is a simple and safe Botox injections that uses only a small amount of botulinum toxin type A. Botulinum toxin type A prevents the formation of facial lines and wrinkles by blocking the nerve signal or impulses of the muscle. By blocking this signal it creates a “relaxing” effect on the muscle, inhibiting wrinkles to form. Botox® is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Aside from smoothing out wrinkles, there are research results coming out continually reporting Botox® being used successfully to treat conditions from chronic migraines to bladder problems.
What Is Botox Made Of?
Botox is made of a naturally-occurring organism, Clostridium botulinum. This inactive organism is found in many natural settings. Typically, it is non-toxic and harmless. Toxicity develops when spores transform and increase in numbers. These are called neurotoxins, proteins that target the nervous system. A neurotoxin like Botox disrupts the signaling processes used in the communication between different neurons by inserting minute amounts of the botulinum toxin. In this case, it is the neuroreceptors in certain muscles that are targeted. When injected with Botox, nerves are unable to release acetylcholine, the chemical messenger that causes muscles to contract.
What To Expect From My First Botox Treatment
If you’ve never had Botox before, you can expect your provider to consult with you before administering treatment. We want to know your concerns and what you want to achieve with injectable procedures. The right product must be selected, so patients are educated about how Botox works and why it may or may not be the most appropriate treatment for their goals. Botox is used in the upper region of the face, where lines and creases result from muscle movements. It may also be used around the mouth and on the neck to correct lines and signs of aging.
After a brief consultation, the face is observed. The provider notes which areas and muscles need to be relaxed to achieve the desired outcome. Then, injections are administered using a tiny needle. A few injections are typically made into a given area, such as between the eyebrows to smooth frown lines. More injections may be made for concerns such as horizontal forehead lines or drooping eyebrows. The entire process may take no more than half an hour.
Benefits of Botox
Botox is advantageous for several reasons. The use of this drug can correct a variety of concerns, both cosmetic and functional. For example, Botox is one of the leading wrinkle-reducing treatments of our time. It is also commonly used to treat excessive sweating and is used therapeutically to treat migraines and other muscle-related conditions.
Our patients appreciate that Botox:
- Is proven safe and effective
- Requires only a few minutes for treatment
- Incurs only mild side effects like swelling and redness
- Does not require downtime, most patients go right back to their normal activities
- Provides several months of improvement
- Studies suggest that Botox can improve a person’s mood
Should I Get Botox Injections?
Getting Botox is a personal decision that only you can make. Our role in helping you make the most confident choice about how you manage the signs of aging is to provide you with detailed information about this and other treatments. If you are generally healthy and interested in looking refreshed, Botox may be ideal for you. The results will fade over a few months, so there is no permanent commitment to an outcome like there is with plastic surgery.
Botox Treatment Areas
Botox is commonly used to treat:
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet at the outer edges of the eyes
- Worry lines on the forehead
- Drooping eyebrows
- Downturned corners of the mouth
- Platysma bands on the neck
Is There Any Recovery Time Needed After Botox Treatments?
There is no recovery period needed for people who get Botox treatments. Side effects, if they do occur, are generally so mild that no one notices. Patients often go right back to work or light, normal activities right after their injections.
How Long Do Botox Injections Last?
Botox delivers purified botulinum toxin into muscle tissue, where this protein binds to neuroreceptors. Neurotransmissions are blocked for 3 to 6 months, after which, the skin may slowly revert to its previous appearance. Some studies suggest that the results of Botox injections may be prolonged when treatment is performed consistently over time. This extends the timing between appointments.
What should you not do after Botox?
It is important to allow the product to settle into muscle tissue for it to work as effectively as it can.
Certain activities may also increase the chances of bruising and swelling. To achieve this, patients should avoid:
- Strenuous activity that increases heart rate
- Touching or massaging the treatment area
- Overheating (avoid hot tubs and saunas)
- Lying face-down
- Consuming alcohol or blood-thinning medications and supplements
What Are the Side Effects of Botox Injections?
Patients may experience a range of side effects after Botox injections. Some people do not notice any side effects. Those that are common include minor redness and pinpoint swelling where injections are made. Some people may bruise. This risk may be decreased by avoiding alcohol and blood-thinning medications and supplements in the week before treatment. Minor flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue or a headache, may develop shortly after Botox injections. These typically last less than a day.
At Utah Valley Dermatology our team is qualified and fully-trained in the field of dermatology. We understand how important it is to look and feel your best. Because are different options for Botox treatments, we use the most updated products available in order to optimize our client’s desired results. You won’t find a better practice more dedicated to your satisfaction than at Utah Valley Dermatology.
Contact Dr. David Myers of Utah Valley Dermatology if you are interested in using Botox Cosmetic or if you have any questions or concerns about the treatment. You can also request an appointment to talk to Dr. Myers about your treatment options if you are currently experiencing hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) or severe migraines and think that Botox might be an appropriate treatment option for you.