More than 1.5 million Botox® injections are given every year in the United States. It’s consistently one of the most popular (and most trusted) cosmetic procedures among adults of all ages, and it could be a good option for you.
The aging process is natural. Lines and wrinkles form across your face over the years, and there’s no way to completely prevent this progression.
However, that doesn’t mean you have to live with bothersome signs of aging. Botox tackles tough facial wrinkles, giving you a more youthful appearance and helping you love your look.
When to consider Botox injections
There are two main types of wrinkles that form with age: static and dynamic. Static wrinkles, like sagging skin on your cheeks, often develop as skin gets thinner and more delicate. On the other hand, dynamic wrinkles form with repeated facial expressions.
Expressions like squinting, raising your eyebrows, and frowning, all crease your skin. Over time, the muscles that create these expressions may stay in a semi contracted state, and lines and wrinkles start to form.
Botox is a popular treatment for some of the most common dynamic facial wrinkles, including:
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
- Frown lines
Crow’s feet are the fine lines that form at the outer corners of your eyes. Forehead lines are horizontal lines above your eyebrows, while frown lines are the vertical 11s that appear between your brows.
There’s not just one “right time” to get Botox. Many people get their first injections in their 40s or beyond, but more and more people are choosing to get preventive Botox in their 20s and 30s to help avoid deep-set wrinkles later on.
If you’re bothered by the look of crow’s feet, forehead lines, or frown lines when you look in the mirror, Botox treatment could enhance your appearance.
How Botox injections work
The active ingredient in Botox is onabotulinumtoxinA, a purified form of a neurotoxin that relaxes muscles. When administered in specific areas of your face, Botox gently relaxes the muscles under your dynamic wrinkles to smooth them away.
Every person’s face is unique, and our injection team at Pacific Eye works with you to determine your aesthetic treatment plan. We assess your skin and your goals to help you decide if Botox is right for you.
If you choose Botox, you can expect your treatment session to take about 10 minutes. Our team prepares your skin, then makes a series of small injections around your forehead or your eyes.
Most people find that getting Botox feels like a small pinch, and injections are generally well-tolerated. There’s no downtime required after getting Botox injections, but you may experience some redness around the injection sites.
Botox starts working right away, and you may notice wrinkles fading within 24-48 hours. Your results last up to four months, and our team can maintain your look with follow-up treatments as long as you want them.
Are you curious about what Botox injections could do for your look? Schedule a consultation at Pacific Eye, a leading San Luis Obispo Oculoplastic’s clinic. Call or request your first appointment online today.