Botox is, by far, the most popular cosmetic treatment performed. In the United States alone, 6.7 million Botox treatments were performed in 2015 — the highest number of injections to date (according to stats from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons). That number is expected to increase when the 2016 statistics are released.
If you have ever wondered about Botox and what it is used for, Dr. Nirav Savalia of Newport Beach Center for Plastic Surgery shares the low-down here.
How Botox Works
Botox is a neuromodulator that temporarily relaxes the facial muscles that contract when smiling, frowning and squinting to form wrinkles and fine lines. After the muscle relaxes, the overlying wrinkle looks softer and less noticeable.
Botox is best suited for wrinkles on the forehead, glabellar wrinkles (the vertical lines between the eyebrows) and crow’s feet. It is sometimes used to smooth wrinkles above the upper lip and around the chin.
The effects of treatment typically last between three and four months, depending on the patient. This is appealing to first-time patients that want to experiment without committing to something long-term. On the other hand, patients that do try and like Botox might find that with a regular schedule of injections, the results last longer; perhaps because the targeted facial muscles start to atrophy over time.
Botox is the most recognized brand name of neuromodulators. Alternative brands include Dysport and Xeomin. Each product is formulated a little differently; a plastic surgeon can recommend the specific product best suited to the individual patient.
What to Expect During Treatment
Botox treatment is quick and performed in a plastic surgeon’s office. Anesthesia is not needed, as the injections are virtually painless. Most patients feel a tiny pinprick, but do not report pain.
Small amounts of Botox are injected directly into the facial muscles with a fine needle. The specific amount of product and number of injections depends on the size and severity of the wrinkles. The injections typically take about 10 to 15 minute and no recovery downtime is needed.
Patients can immediately return to their normal routine after Botox treatment. They should avoid strenuous activity or rubbing the treated area for 24 hours after the injections.
Side effects are rare and include bruising, swelling and hematoma.
If you would like to try the wrinkle-reducer for yourself, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Savalia and his team at Newport Beach Center for Plastic Surgery. Call 949-759-0980 or email the office today.