Botox Makes Your Face More Beautiful
- Posted on: Apr 30 2020
At this time of year, we are surrounded by fresh, new beauty. All of nature is renewing, and that may make us want to do some refreshing ourselves. This doesn’t have to be involved. In our St. Louis office, it often includes Botox or other nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. If you’re just beginning to address the signs of aging that concern you, Botox may be an ideal solution. Here, we discuss how it works, how it is safe, and what it can do.
Botox Details You Should Know
Botox is an FDA-approved injectable that was used for many years before being branded for cosmetic use. The base ingredient in Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin. It is a neurotoxin that works by relaxing muscle contractions. Before Botox was born, botulinum toxin had been used to ease the symptoms of various muscular disorders, such as blepharospasm. Cosmetic use requires a lower dosage to achieve the intended result. This longstanding use of purified botulinum toxin is a testament to the safety of this protein and to Botox itself.
After Botox is injected into a muscle, the uptake of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that causes muscle contraction, is halted. Over several days, the muscle relaxes, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and other concerns. The results of the treatment can last 3 to 6 months. Side effects of Botox injections are generally no more intense than a few pinpoint areas of redness and swelling caused by the small needle. Within a few minutes to a few hours, the signs of injections are gone. Some people who get Botox develop slight bruising. Avoiding alcohol and blood-thinning medications and supplements can decrease this risk. There is also a chance that a mild headache or achy feeling may occur after Botox treatment. This normally lasts only a few hours if it occurs at all.
What Botox Can Do
Because Botox acts on the muscles, it is used to correct various dynamic wrinkles. These are usually in the upper region of the face. Common complaints that may be treated with Botox include:
- Worry lines on the forehead
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet
- Drooping eyebrow or eyebrows
- Bunny lines on the upper part of the nose
- Downturned corners of the mouth
If you’ve been considering nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, you have good reasons to consider Botox. To schedule a consultation in our St. Louis office, call 314-567-3567.
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