As the body ages, repeated contractions of the muscles of the face lead to the overlying skin becoming creased and wrinkled. Initially wrinkles are only visible with facial expressions (dynamic lines) but in time, wrinkles become more established and are visible even when the face is relaxed (static lines).
By relaxing the facial muscles, botox:
- Softens the appearance of existing lines and wrinkles
- Prevents the formation of permanent lines and wrinkles
The effects are visible after 5 days to 2 weeks and typically last 3-4 months, after which most people require a repeat treatment. However, with each treatment, the effects of treatment become more impressive as the muscles become more accustomed to relaxing.
The most commonly treated areas are the frown lines between the eyes, crow’s feet and forehead lines.
Are Botox Injections Safe?
Botox injections have been used for many years for various medical conditions and they have been used as a cosmetic treatment since the 1980’s. They are the most commonly performed non-surgical aesthetic treatment.
A very fine needle is used to inject the medicine into specific muscles. There may be some mild discomfort during and after the treatment. Bruising and headaches have been reported but are uncommon. There is a 1% possibility of the medicine dispersing into a nearby muscle causing a drooping brow or eyelid; however this is only temporary, lasting a few weeks at the very most.
Since only specific muscles are targeted with the injections, the other facial muscles are able to work as normal, preserving facial expressions.
Botox is a prescription medication and treatments should only be performed by a suitably qualified practitioner.