When you look in the mirror, do you see grooves between your brows that weren’t there a year ago? Perhaps you’re bothered by the horizontal lines across your forehead or those “crinkles” around your eyes. All of these physical changes can make you look older than you are.
Botox Cosmetic provides an opportunity to temporarily reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on specific areas of your face. Dr. Alexis Stephens at Parkland Dermatology has provided Botox treatments to hundreds of patients.
The FDA approved Botox for cosmetic use 17 years ago. It can temporarily remove those frown lines between your brows, the crow’s feet around your eyes, and the lines across your forehead. It’s still the number one minimally invasive cosmetic treatment.
Botox is for men and women
Botox is an equal opportunity cosmetic treatment. Women have been getting Botox treatments since it was introduced 17 years ago. Perhaps women are influencing their significant others when it comes to nonsurgical cosmetic treatments.
Since 2010, Botox injections in men have increased by 27 percent; the trend is sometimes called “Brotox.” Who are the men following the women’s lead? Many men in professional occupations are scheduling Botox appointments. Looking young and healthy is important in the competitive global business world.
How does Botox work?
Think of how often you smile or frown — millions of times over your lifespan. Each time you do so, specific facial muscles contract. This movement, repeated daily, begins to form fine lines on your face, which eventually become wrinkles or even deep grooves.
Botox stops nerves in your face from signaling the muscles around them to move; the muscles are temporarily paralyzed so they don’t contract. Your facial wrinkles and grooves are smoothed out and softened so they’re not the first thing people see when they greet you.
How is Botox administered?
Dr. Stephens reviews your medical history to determine if you’re a candidate for Botox injections. As with many medical precautions, don’t get Botox if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have neuromuscular or autoimmune conditions, you’re likely not a good candidate.
Dr. Stephens also performs a facial analysis to see if Botox is the correct treatment for your concerns. If Botox is right for you, she shows you before and after photos to give you a good idea of what Botox can and cannot do for you. She also talks about your treatment goals to make sure they’re realistic before proceeding with Botox Cosmetic.
Dr. Stephens marks the areas on your face to be treated and applies a numbing agent. She administers several injections into key muscles where your frown lines and crow’s feet appear. You’re all done in 10 minutes and can resume your normal daily routine after the injections.
How far in advance of a celebration or holiday should I get Botox?
You don’t have to remember to schedule Botox months in advance of a major celebration or holiday and wait for the results to kick in. Once Dr. Stephens administers the injections, you’ll see results within 72 hours. Your refreshed appearance lasts for up to four months.
What is Botox’s safety record? Are repeated injections safe?
Botox is the subject of a prolific number of studies — well over 500 peer-reviewed articles have been published on its safety and effects. Botox is approved for use in 98 countries; more than 11 million people worldwide use Botox to improve their appearance. When used as prescribed by a licensed physician trained in its use, Botox is very safe and has few side effects.
Dr. Stephens usually starts injections conservatively to ensure that you respond appropriately to the treatment. She then develops a customized plan for follow-up injections based on your response to the treatment. The Mayo Clinic notes that follow-up injections are needed to maintain your refreshed appearance, so you needn’t fear repeat injections.
Call or book an appointment online with Parkland Dermatology for your facial refresh before the holiday celebrations begin.