Botox and related botulinum toxin A preparations are by far the most common minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed today. Nearly seven million Americans take advantage of this anti-aging treatment to smooth away the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a vibrant more youthful appearance. For adults who want to reduce the appearance of facial aging, Botox comes out on top.
Botox is a prescription injection that contains a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium found in nature. This normally harmless bacterium produces botulinum toxin A, a substance capable of paralyzing muscles. In cosmetics tiny amounts are safely used to temporarily relax the muscles beneath the skin for a smoother appearance.
Crow’s feet and frown lines
Along with the rest of your body, skin undergoes changes as you age. Men and women lose elasticity in the connective structures below the skin’s surface. Because the skin doesn’t bounce back the same as when you were young, creases in areas like the corners of the eyes and the middle of the forehead are noticeable.
Smooth away creases and fine lines
Dr. Saul Modlin recommends Botox for adults wanting to temporarily smooth away the appearance of creases and fine lines. The procedure is quick, painless, and effective. Millions of people make Botox part of their regular beauty and anti-aging routine, scheduling regular “upkeep” sessions.
Once Dr. Modlin strategically injects Botox, the nerves that normally send messages to certain facial muscles are interrupted, relaxing the related muscles so that they’re less stiff. The creases in the corners of your eye and middle of your forehead become relaxed, resulting in a smoother appearance.
Botox Still #1
When it comes to smoothing away wrinkles, a number of commercial preparations are available. However, Botox is the only preparation FDA-approved to improve the appearance of moderate-to-severe crow’s feet and frown lines in adults. Unlike newer preparations, Botox is the most extensively studied for medical and cosmetic treatments and has a proven track record for safety and effectiveness.
What to Expect
Because getting Botox injections is an outpatient, in-office procedure, you can come in at your convenience, even on your lunch break. There’s no down time required, meaning you can return to work and your normal activities immediately.
Dr. Modlin will analyze your face as you make various expressions, like frowning, and will mark target areas before delivering multiple injections. You may feel a pinching sensation, but should not feel any pain. Minor redness at the injection site is common and fades within a few hours. You may begin to notice a difference in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Most patients see a noticeable difference within 72 hours of getting Botox. However, it can take up to seven days to see maximum effects.
To maintain the anti-aging effects, Dr. Modlin recommends regular treatments and can discuss an appropriate treatment schedule. The length of time between treatments depends on factors like your unique facial anatomy, genetics, your skin’s baseline condition, and your age.
If you want to stop fine lines and wrinkles, Botox is an excellent solution. For a fresher, more vibrant appearance, call our Garden City, New York office for a consultation, or book your appointment online today.