9 fast facts about BOTOX to treat lines and wrinkles

You’ve heard of it, but now you’re ready to talk about getting BOTOX injections to erase or reduce the lines and wrinkles on your face, now is the time to talk about getting BOTOX injections. Here are some things you should know about BOTOX and why it’s a popular non-surgical treatment for lines and wrinkles.

  1. FDA-approved in 2002, BOTOX is a household name made famous for its success in erasing lines and wrinkles in the upper third of the face, including forehead lines, frown lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet around the eyes.
  2. It’s made from botulinum toxin type A, which temporarily blocks nerve messages sent from the muscle to the brain, relaxing the muscle where it’s injected.
  3. BOTOX treats dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles that form from muscle contractions under the skin. These are caused when you make expressions such as laughing, frowning or smiling.
  4. BOTOX is not successful on static wrinkles, which are wrinkles that are constantly present and caused by sun damage, declining collagen and natural skin aging. Those wrinkles are best treated with dermal fillers.
  5. BOTOX treatment usually takes only about 15 minutes.
  6. Patients may experience some mild discomfort from treatment, which can be treated with application of cold compresses. Most patients say the injections feel like a slight pinprink and don’t require topical numbing. It is available to those patients who request it.
  7. Results appear in three or four days after treatment and continue to improve over the course of three to four months. When results begin to fade, you will need to return for repeated sessions.
  8. If you get repeated BOTOX treatment, you will likely see longer-lasting results since the targeted muscles are atrophied or thinned by the continuous injections.
  9. BOTOX also successfully treats migraine headaches, temporomandibular joint disorder, excessive underarm sweating and urinary incontinence.

If you want to learn more about how BOTOX can help you achieve the youthful appearance you desire, call 309-323-8120 to set up a consultation in our Bloomington office.

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