With the increasing, often mandated, use of masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, there is an increase desire by patients to help wake up tired-looking eyes and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the upper third of the face. Read on to learn more about Botox treatment and why it may be a treatment you want to consider.
What is Botox?
Botox is the best-selling cosmetic treatment of its kind. It’s FDA-approved to improve the appearance of moderate-to-severe forehead lines, frown lines (what looks like “11” lines between the eyebrows) and laugh lines (crow’s feet around the eyes).
Botox treats dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles that are formed by repeated facial expressions such as smiling, laughing, squinting or frowning. These wrinkles form in the skin when the muscle beneath contracts. Botox temporarily blocks the nerve signal from reaching the muscle, which relaxes the skin and smooths out wrinkles.
The magic ingredient
Botox is made from the botulinum toxin type A, which is the same bacteria responsible for botulism. It is not harmful, however. Scientists discovered years ago that a tiny injection of this toxin into the muscle can stop the muscle from contracting safely and effectively.
Botox treatment only takes about 10 minutes. You may feel a slight pinch, but most patients don’t feel much or any discomfort. Treatment areas can be iced beforehand to help reduce discomfort.
You’ll see final results in just a few days, and results last for about four months. After that time, the body absorbs the harmless ingredients and muscles will start contracting again. You’ll want to return for follow-up sessions to maintain your results.
Botox can help turn back time without the need for downtime that other wrinkle-reducing procedures may require. To set up a consultation and learn if Botox is right for you, call Maehara Eye Surgery & Laser today at 808.955.3937.