What is Botox?
Botox is a muscle relaxant agent used to reduce and eliminate facial lines and wrinkles. The injection of Botox is both a science and an art, where only experienced professionals can achieve the finest results. We are located in Denver, Colorado and combine years of experience in providing advanced Botox treatments.
Facial lines and wrinkles are caused by repetitive facial expressions, such as grimacing, squinting and smiling. These repetitive movements cause our faces to repeatedly contract; while as we age, the elasticity in our skin decreases. This results in lines and wrinkles appearing on our faces, even at rest. For both men and women, the typical areas where lines and wrinkles appear first are worry lines across the forehead, frown lines between the eyebrows and Crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes.
Botox is used to temporarily relax the facial muscles responsible for these repetitive contractions. Botox reduces the activity in the muscles, which prevents the skin from wrinkling and creasing. The result of Botox is therefore a smoothing affect. Botox, when administered correctly, does not paralyze the facial muscles or keep patients from expressing themselves. Botox simply softens and rebalances facial movements that have become habitual and repetitive over the years. This results in a more youthful, relaxed and vibrant appearance.
As well as being very effective at reversing the signs of aging, Botox can also be used as a preventative measure. From the mid-twenties onwards, Botox can be used to proactively prevent lines and wrinkles from becoming deeper and more visible, or in some cases from ever appearing at all.
Allergan is the original manufacturer and the pharmaceutical company that created Botox Cosmetic. We are proud to source all of our Botox directly from Allergan. Additionally, because we want you to achieve optimal and long lasting results, we never dilute or alter our Botox from Allergan’s precise specifications.
Which Areas can Botox be Administered?
- Worry lines that run across the forehead (deep forehead lines)
- Frown lines, or the ‘elevens’ that run between the eyebrows (glabellar lines)
- Lateral brows
- Crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes (lateral canthal lines)
- Vertical lip lines around the mouth (perioral lines)
- Corners of the mouth (DAOs)
- Dimples on chin (mentalis)
- Muscle bands on the neck (platysma bands)
- Jawline (masseter)
- Underarms, Botox is used to treat a very common condition called Hyperhidrosis
What are the Benefits of Botox?
- Smoothes forehead lines and wrinkles
- Eliminates frown lines and furrows
- Lifts the eyebrows
- Eliminates Crow’s feet
- Lifts the corners of the mouth
- Softens chin dimpling and creases
- Tighten neck bands and creases and decreases the appearance of a slackened neck
- Enhances jawline definition
- Proactively prevents fine lines and wrinkles from ever appearing, or becoming deeper and more visible
- Reduces excessive underarm sweating – Hyperhidrosis.
What Preparation is needed for Botox?
To lessen the possibility of bruising after Botox, 10-12 days prior to receiving injectable treatments we recommend avoiding aspirin, St.John’s Wort, Omega 3, high doses of Vitamin E, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories e.g. Aleve, Motrin, Advil, and Ibuprofen etc. If you take aspirin for medical purposes, please continue use. If you have recently suffered from facial cold sores please notify your Aesthetic Injector prior to receiving injections, and follow our recommended treatment plan.
How is Botox Administered?
The treatment begins with collectively mapping out your customized treatment plan, reviewing post-care and answering all your questions and concerns. The injection process takes approximately 15-30 minutes and involves a series of small injections using a very fine needle into the muscle of the preferred treatment areas. Discomfort is usually minimal and very brief.
What can I Anticipate after Treatment?
There is very little, if any downtime or recovery needed. Refrain from exercise after Botox for at least 4 hours, or any strenuous activity that can cause a sweat. Additionally for 4 hours after treatment avoid lying completely flat, or engaging in activities where your head is below your heart. Do not rub or massage the treated areas so that the Botox can remain undisturbed. Botox injections, just like any other injection, can cause some bruising and swelling. We have some special techniques that we use to minimize the swelling and bruising associated with Botox injections. However, if bruising and swelling occur it will subside and fade in a few days. Some mild redness and tingling is normal after the procedure and should dissipate after a few hours. Make-up can be applied 15 minutes after treatment. If you experience any mild aching at the site of injection after the procedure this can easily be controlled with Tylenol.
Muscles have ‘muscle memory’ and for many people, tight is the normal state of their facial muscles. Botox is very effective at retraining muscle memory. Through multiple Botox treatments, facial muscles can eventually forget their previous tight state. Instead, a more relaxed and smooth state can become the patient’s new normal. Proactive and regular maintenance is therefore key to achieving optimal results.
Botox for Hyperhidrosis
Excessive underarm sweating, known as Hyperhidrosis, is a very common issue and can be easily and effectively treated with Botox.
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- Botox Video below – courtesy of Allergan
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A Visual Guide to BOTOX Cosmetic & Treatment Areas
Click on the facial aesthetic diagrams below for a visual guide to womens and mens BOTOX Cosmetic and treatment areas:
I love the results! My face looks natural, refreshed and so much smoother. ~Cindy ~