Botox for Facial Wrinkles: A Near Instant Anti-Aging Solution

In Dermatology by Andrei Metelitsa, MD

When you don’t want to look in the mirror anymore because of aging, it’s time to check out Botox for facial wrinkles.

Facial winkles start out as fine surface lines and then get deeper with time. The most common places on the face for wrinkles to appear are on the forehead, crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, wrinkles around the lips, and wrinkles between the nose and the mouth, which is called the nasolabial line.

Do You Know the Causes of Facial Wrinkles?

The sun is one of the primary causes of wrinkles and the damage is cumulative. Have you ever noticed that wrinkles around your eyes are worse on the side of your face exposed to more sun when you drive? Take a close look in the mirror and you’ll see this is true. However, you can’t stop driving just because you’re developing wrinkles! You need another solution.

Another cause of facial wrinkles is smoking and poor nutrition. Both these causes are related, as poor nutrition usually includes a vitamin C deficiency and smoking causes a vitamin C deficiency, too. Vitamin C is one of the antioxidants your skin needs to keep away the wrinkles, and it scavenges any free radicals that speed up the aging process. You can eat a healthier diet and give up smoking but these good habits won’t repair the damage already done to the face. You need another solution.

An unexpected cause of facial wrinkles is expressing your emotions. When you’re surprised, your forehead muscles raise your eyebrows and a crease in the forehead starts to form. The act of kissing deepens the wrinkles formed by the kissing muscles but should you stop kissing because of aging? The more expressive you are, the quicker you will age. But does this mean you should not show your emotions? You need a good solution – and that solution may be Botox for facial wrinkles.

6 Key Facts About Botox

1. What is Botox?
Botox treatments are a sterile preparation of purified neurotoxin proteins from the Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which are injected into facial muscles. These proteins prevent nerve impulses from traveling to the injected muscles, paralyzing them temporarily. Since the muscles can’t move, they can’t wrinkle. The FDA approves Botox treatments for facial wrinkles.

2. Does Botox Hurt?
Botox injections are slightly painful from the actual injection, which feels like a pinprick sensation. However, there is nothing in the injection that causes pain. Doctors may use topical anesthesia to reduce any discomfort you may feel during the procedure.

The minimal amount of pain from Botox is a big advantage for having the procedure, especially if you’re considering plastic surgery, which is painful and takes weeks to recover from.

3. Are There Any Side Effects from Botox for Facial Wrinkles?
Every drug has a potential side effect, but the side effects are minimal with Botox. A raised bump or bruise appears in the skin temporarily after the injection but this dissipates within several hours. In a small percentage of cases (between 1 and 5), the eyebrow or eyelid may droop, but this usually resolves itself within a few weeks.

4. Is Botox for Facial Wrinkles Only for Women?
Men’s skin wrinkles just as much as women’s skin, and Botox is a possible solution for facial wrinkles for men, too.

5.How Long Does It Take Botox for Facial Wrinkles to Work?
You will start to see a difference in wrinkles from the minute that Botox is injected. Here’s a video to watch this happen:

The effects are best at about Day 10 to 14 and last for three to six months.

6. What’s the Actual Procedure That Doctors Use for Botox?
The Botox procedure is a simple procedure that is done right in the doctor’s office. An initial consultation is needed first to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Learning everything you can about Botox for facial wrinkles gives you more confidence before you get the procedure. You may want to watch a doctor perform the botox procedure on a beautiful model. If so, here’s a video to watch:

Latest Research on Botox for Facial Wrinkles Always Shows Good Results

Often people are concerned about long-term effects from different medical procedures. Some long-term studies have already been done on Botox. One very recently published study looked at the effects of 5112 treatments over nine years and involved 194 patients from university hospitals in Canada, Florida, California, Australia and Brazil. The study found that the longer the patients were treated, the younger they believed they looked.

Another study compared two different types of botox products in 45 patients followed for up to 45 days after treatment. Both products were safe and effective in reducing wrinkles, and proves that Botox for facial wrinkles works well.

And one last study found that Botox-treated patients used for facial wrinkles showed that the patients consistently rated themselves as looking younger and were satisfied with how they looked. They had significant improvements in how attractive they felt, and their subjective rating of tiredness, too.

What these studies tell us is that indisputably, Botox works for reducing facial wrinkles.

CNN Discovers New Trend of Teens Getting Botox for Wrinkles

In our beauty-conscious society, teens have started paying more attention to how they look and how celebrities take care of themselves to prevent aging. In the past year, about 12,000 procedures of botox for facial wrinkles were performed on teenagers, according to CNN.

Botox is technically not approved for anyone under the age of 18. Check out the controversy here:

Other Fun Botox Videos To Watch

Watch a video testimonial of an older woman as she describes how Botox softened her facial lines and wrinkles. Notice how the procedure for facial wrinkles that was used on her made her look very natural in this Youtube video:

And here’s a video testimonial of a British man with very young-looking skin who explains how he started Botox in his 20s because of migraine headaches. He has used Botox regularly for several years. Here’s the link for his botox for facial wrinkles:

Here’s another example of a 43-year-old Los Angeles woman who originally felt bad because of rapid aging after the last birth of her baby a few years ago. She is very translucent about how she looked before and you can follow her progress within the first 10 days and then she offers a 2-month follow-up video. You will see a visible difference in her results using Botox for facial wrinkles. She also discusses her knowledge about the procedure.

First 10 Days After Botox Video:

2 Months After Botox Video:

To learn more about your skin and how you can look and feel your very best, call us for a free cosmetic consultation at 403-271-3627.

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