Your entire life is mapped on your face: every smile, every laugh, and every grimace tells its tale on your skin. These fine lines - known as dynamic wrinkles - may be the highlight reel of your life, but for many of our patients, they are an unwelcome blemish on their skin. For some people, these lines can be prematurely aging, taking a toll on their self-esteem and confidence. When we here at encounter a patient who has a lined face, we here at Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery like to educate them about the benefits of Botox® cosmetic, an injectable medicine that can minimize or even fully eliminate the presence of all of your unwanted wrinkles.
What is Botox® Cosmetic and How Can it Help Me Look Younger?
Botox Cosmetic is one of the most commonly used non-surgical cosmetic procedures, with over 6 million people reaching for it annually to give their face a little extra youthfulness. Getting Botox® Cosmetic is nothing to be ashamed of, and it is quite safe, making it a great choice for many of our patients. Derived from the Clostridium botulinum toxin, when the Botox Cosmetic protein is used in this context, it can make you feel younger and more vibrant.
Botox Cosmetic works by paralyzing the muscles in your face, blocking nerve signals that might otherwise tell the muscle to flex and contract. Not only does this stop existing wrinkles in their tracks, but it also helps prevent new ones from forming. Getting Botox Cosmetic is an easy outpatient procedure and is so gentle and painless, it does not even require any anesthetic to prep the affected site. Before we begin, we will first take your medical history and assess the area that you want us to target. We will also take pictures of your face to allow us to compare your before and after results to help us custom tailor your treatment in the future.
The results after Botox Cosmetic will be almost immediate, and you will start to notice results within 24 to 48 hours after the injections. The results will peak at around the 30-day point before it starts to wear off slowly. Please know that Botox Cosmetic is not a permanent procedure, and to get the best results, you will need to follow up with more injections every 3 to 6 months. The good news is, though, that any subsequent lines will be fainter as your face learns to relax and not create such deep furrows. Your crow’s feet, elevens (the lines between your eyebrows), and your forehead lines will start to diminish in appearance over time.
Why Results Can Vary
Your overall health, age, and lifestyle will also influence your results. Older patients (older than 65, for instance), may not notice as striking results. Diet will also influence it, as will history of sun damage. Certain individuals may not be good candidates for Botox Cosmetic, such as pregnant or breastfeeding women, those with an allergy to the ingredients in it, and other contraindications. Mild bruising after the procedure is normal and should quickly fade. You can resume normal activities afterward. We will be sure to explain all possible side effects that might happen. They are rare, but some patients have noticed eyelid drooping or temporary muscle weakness. Once the Botox Cosmetic works its way out of your system, though, any side effects will fade.
To learn more about Botox Cosmetic and how it can benefit you, please give us here at Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery a call today (704) 255-5888!