Interested in softening wrinkles and fine lines that have begun to develop on your face? BOTOX® Cosmetic is a clinically tested, effective treatment that can be completed in as little as ten minutes. You can undergo these treatments confidently knowing that you’re receiving one of the 10.9 million vials of BOTOX® Cosmetic that have been sold in the U.S. since 2002.
Located in San Mateo CA, Renew Laser Clinic is committed to providing our clients with effective, individualized aesthetic treatments. If you’d like more information about our practice or are interested in scheduling a consultation appointment with Dr. Makow, contact us today.
What is Botox?
Botox is one of the most extensively studied aesthetic treatments and by far the most popular injectable treatment of its kind. This product is approved for cosmetic use in seventy-eight countries. It is primarily used to improve the appearance of facial wrinkles, particularly those between the brows and crow’s feet.
While it’s true that wrinkles are in part caused by the reduction of collagen, cellular changes and damage from the sun over time, there is an important underlying cause that is often looked during anti-aging: muscle contraction. The muscle movement that occurs when you make facial expressions is a large contributing factor to facial wrinkle development.
BOTOX® Cosmetic treats wrinkles by addressing facial muscle movement. This product is made of botulinum toxin, a substance that can temporarily reduce muscle activity in the face. Because this reduction is only temporary, the results of injections typically fade after about four months.
What Can Botox Treat?
Botox can be used to treat a variety of facial wrinkles. These include:
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
- Vertical lip lines
- Dimpling of the chin
Botox excels at treating these specific problems because they are all classified as dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles caused by facial movements.
While this treatment is best known for the aesthetic results it brings, it can also be used to treat excessive sweating.
What Should I Expect with Treatment?
Each injection appointment can take as little as ten minutes, making BOTOX® Cosmetic a true lunchtime procedure. The results of each injection should begin to appear between 24-48 hours after treatment. Because the botulinum toxin only stays in the body for up to four months, you will need to receive additional periodic treatments to sustain any improvements. The procedure itself involves virtually no downtime, with redness, swelling, and bruising being the only common side effects.