The Botox injection procedure is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world, effectively treating dynamic wrinkles, such as crow’s feet and frown lines, which occur as a result of repeated facial expressions. Dynamic wrinkles occur as a result of muscle contractions. Botox is composed of botulinum toxin, which acts to paralyze the muscles beneath these dynamic wrinkles. Because these muscles cannot move, the skin in the treatment area does not wrinkle or fold when smiling or frowning.
During the Botox injection procedure, your specialist will use a fine needle to inject the material into the treatment area. Often, the injection sites are marked prior to treatment to ensure proper needle placement and to mark the location of the muscles causing the wrinkles to form. In most cases, Botox treatment requires 10 to 20 minutes to complete successfully. Usually only one treatment is needed to achieve the desired results.
In most patients, 1 to 5 days are required for the paralysis to take effect, and the results of Botox treatment to become fully apparent.
Aside from the effective treatment of difficult to treat dynamic lines and wrinkles, another reason for the overwhelming popularity of Botox is the brief recovery time the procedure requires. In fact, there is no downtime associated with Botox treatment, and men and women who undergo the procedure can expect to return to their normal routines immediately after treatment.
Although it can be used in nearly any area of the body with dynamic wrinkles, Botox is usually used in the upper third of the face.
The effects of Botox usually last about 3 to 6 months, and patients may opt to repeat treatment at that time to maintain results.
Most Botox injection treatments cost $125 to $400 per treatment area, based on the extent of the area being treated.
To find out if you are a candidate for Botox injection treatment, schedule a consultation with a DermaNetwork skin rejuvenation specialist in your area today.