Like other signs of aging, lines and wrinkles are almost inevitable. They are especially likely to appear in areas where your facial expressions repeatedly pull on and crease your skin. Botox® addresses these problem areas to relax wrinkles so you look refreshed and energized without surgery or time off from your busy life. Men and women enjoy the rejuvenated, natural look of Botox® and use it to look their best and most relaxed at any time.
What is Botox®?
Expression lines begin as creases that form when you laugh, smile, or make other facial motions. At first, these lines will disappear when your face relaxes. Over time, though, you will notice that they remain even when your facial muscles are at rest. It is often at this point when people become uncomfortable with their developing lines and start seeking a solution. Botox® is an injectable treatment that erases lines and wrinkles for a smoother, more youthful appearance.
*Individual Results May Vary
How Does Botox® Work?
The primary ingredient in Botox® is botulinum toxin, a compound that works by temporarily and harmlessly interrupting the signals between your facial nerves and the muscles they control. When injected, Botox® travels to the targeted nerves and stops them from releasing a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Without this signal, the facial muscles controlled by that nerve will relax and stop contracting.
Without the muscles pulling on your skin, lines and wrinkles disappear. Since Botox® only works on the targeted nerves, your facial expressions stay looking natural. Your expert injectors at Essential Med Clinic and Aesthetics have extensive experience using Botox® to create the most youthful-looking results with no artificial or overdone appearance.
Top 3 Reasons to Try Botox® for the First Time
People try Botox® for many reasons. While some are older and already have lines and wrinkles, others are just starting to see signs of aging and want to stop them from progressing. Whatever your reasons, our team has the skill and technical expertise to achieve your desired results.
Easy and Convenient
One of the biggest reasons people love Botox® is how fast and easy the process is. Appointments can usually fit into a lunch break and allow you to return to work or most other activities immediately. Once injected, Botox® takes effect within days and provides results that last for months. No one needs to know you have Botox® unless you want them to, and the results look like you but more relaxed and refreshed.
Boosts Your Confidence
Botox® results can give you a boost of self-confidence. Whether you are bothered by the early signs of aging or want to address deep lines and wrinkles, you can feel more self-assured with this effective treatment. Botox® results leave you looking rejuvenated, so you feel like you can take on the world.
Keeps You Looking Younger
More and more people are choosing not to wait for lines and wrinkles to become set in place before starting Botox®. You can start this treatment at the first signs of fine lines to prevent them from advancing. Many people start Botox® to keep these signs of aging from getting worse over time. Continued use of Botox® will prevent the creasing of the skin that leads to lines and wrinkles, resulting in smoother skin.
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How Safe is Botox®?
Botox® has been widely used in aesthetics and medicine for decades. It was originally developed as a medical treatment for concerns like spasms of the muscles around the eyes. It is now used to treat migraines, hyperhidrosis, and other medical issues. It is also one of the most popular aesthetic treatments in the world.
With so many people getting Botox® every year, the incidence of serious side effects is extremely low. The most common side effect, which is still extremely rare, is for Botox® to move from its targeted area and affect another facial muscle. This can cause your eyelid to droop temporarily. The amounts of Botox® used are so tiny that they are extremely safe.
What is Getting Botox® Like?
When you arrive for your Botox® treatment, you will be taken to one of our comfortable rooms, where your provider will inject several tiny doses of Botox® into the treatment area using a very small needle. Most people feel nothing more than a few small pinches. The appointment can take as little as 15 minutes, and you are free to go on with your day. Botox® is known as a “lunchtime treatment,” making it a quick, convenient option for the busiest schedules.
What Results Will I See With Botox®?
Botox® is FDA-approved for lines and wrinkles on the forehead, at the corners of the eyes, and between the brows. Results may become visible a few days after your treatment but can take up to ten days to develop fully. Botox® lasts three to four months for most people, although it may last a bit longer for those who have treatment regularly.
You will notice your lines and wrinkles become smoother as Botox® begins to take effect. The targeted muscles will no longer contract, leaving the area smooth and relaxed. Since Botox® is delivered so precisely, the likelihood of it affecting unwanted areas is extremely low. We recommend maintenance treatments whenever your Botox® results start to fade.
Is There Any Downtime With Botox®?
Your Botox® treatment does not require any downtime. You can return to work or your other activities immediately. However, you should avoid lying down or rubbing your face for several hours after treatment. We recommend waiting until the next day to resume your exercise routine. Botox® takes several hours to reach your facial nerves, but once there, it will not move or spread out.
Am I a Good Candidate for Botox®?
Most healthy adults can get Botox® safely and effectively. Good candidates have reasonable expectations and understand the risks and benefits of treatment. Botox® is FDA-approved for individuals over the age of 18 to treat and prevent facial lines and wrinkles. We recommend a consultation to discuss whether you are a good candidate for Botox®. You should not have injections in an area where you have an active skin condition, infection, or injury. You should also not have it if you are pregnant or have certain medical conditions.
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If you have further questions about Botox®, please call us at (210) 568-7555 or complete our online contact form, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you. Essential Med Aesthetics is located in San Antonio, Texas.