Botox is an injectable treatment that makes use of the class of prescription that is a muscle relaxant. This procedure offers temporary improvements to moderate-to-severe wrinkles, fine lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines that target patients as they progress through the aging process. This condition results from the aging process as the muscles lost elastin and collagen while the repeated actions of facial movements such as smiling and frowning take a toll on the facial structure.
The Botox procedure occurs in a medical setting where the trained medical professional uses a tiny needle to inject the neurotoxin Botox into the skin and target the muscle. The injection creates a temporary relief from muscle movement in the treatment area that the patient has identified as an improvement goal.
Botox was the first injection of its kind with FDA approval to treat cosmetic appearance improvements with this neurotoxin creating a benefit to many areas of the body and treatment options. Currently, there are more of these injections allowing for a broader range of treatment options.
These injections will block chemical signaling to the nerves that allow muscles to contract; therefore, temporary reduction in lines and wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes occurs through targeting the intended area for visual improvement. This treatment is non-invasive with little to no downtime allows the patient to return to typical daily living.
These procedures can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes, dependent on the treatment area and the patient’s results. Visible results can be seen 24-48 hours after the initial procedure and can last for 4-6 months before maintenance needs to occur.
Redness and swelling may occur at the treatment injection site but is minimal, while this treatment has the most significant research for all classification in the cosmetic market. This treatment was the first medication of its kind with approval from the FDA; the safety of this treatment is widely accepted for appearance goals.