Nobody wants to look old. We all want to combat the effects of aging, including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In today’s world, thankfully, you have many choices of medical treatments that can address these issues. One such treatment is Botox, offered by Drs. Bryan McLelland and Brenen Olsen at Liberty Oral and Facial Surgery in Spokane Valley, Washington. Botox is an incredibly common procedure with exceptional effects. Let us discuss what Botox is, the safety of Botox injections, and how long you can expect results to last.
Botox is an injectable that contains a neurotoxic protein named bacterium clostridium botulinum. Botox has become synonymous with smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and shorthand for many other treatments that provide this same benefit. Ask your dermatologist if the treatment is actually Botox or any other neurotoxins that achieve the same results, including Dysport, Jeuveau, and Xeomin.
While Botox can be utilized for more medicinal purposes, including treatment for migraines, discomfort in the jaw, and to cease the production of underarm sweat, it is primarily sought out by patients for its cosmetic benefits. When it comes to softening lines that are visible on the face, Botox is the industry leader. Botox can minimize or even eliminate dynamic wrinkles resulting from the movement of underlying muscles over time. Because Botox temporarily paralyzes these muscles, thus preventing wrinkles from occurring, your lines will begin to fade over time.
Botox is most commonly applied to the face where frown lines (between your eyebrows), crow’s feet (along the sides of your eyes), and forehead lines have developed. However, Botox is not limited to these areas and has been successfully used in the neck, jaw, and other areas of the face where fine lines or wrinkles have developed.
Botox is completely safe and FDA-approved, much more than what other facial creams and serums can tout. However, one who would not make a good candidate for Botox is a woman who is either pregnant or breastfeeding. In addition, you want to make sure that this treatment is being administered by a trained professional as, just because the treatment is safe, this does not mean it could not have serious adverse effects if administered incorrectly by somebody who does not know what they are doing. This is still a medical procedure and should be treated as such. Talk to your doctor before agreeing to the procedure.
While it is great to know that you can depend on your Botox treatment to provide consistent results, you likely also would like to know how long you can expect those results to stick around. Unfortunately, the results are not permanent, meaning you will need to visit your medical professional for follow-up treatments if you wish to keep the fine lines and wrinkles away. The reason for temporary results, which still last five to seven months (on average), is that your body will eventually metabolize the Botox injection. Factors that come into play regarding length or results include your body’s metabolism speed, how much Botox you had injected, etc.
To learn more about Botox, please schedule a consultation with Drs. McLelland and Olsen by calling (509) 822-2774 at the Spokane Valley office. They are also located and serving residents of Post Falls, Idaho.